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for Aussie tour
Angelo Mathews had rolled his
ankle while trying to complete a
run during the T20 series against
South Africa on Thursday
Angelo Mathews' hamstring in-
jury will keep him out of the forth-
coming T20 series in Australia, Sri
Lanka Cricket has confirmed. A
stand-in captain is expected to be
named tomorrow, when the selec-
tors decide on the squad.
Mathews has been in Sri Lanka
since he sustained the injury during
his match-winning innings in the
second T20 against South Africa.
Dinesh Chandimal took the reins in
the final T20 of that series, before
Upul Tharanga assumed interim
leadership of the ODI side.
Sri Lanka's selectors now face a
minor dilemma about who should
take over the side in Mathews' stead,
as both Chandimal and Tharanga do
not necessarily make the T20 XI
on present form. Chandimal made
three T20s against South Africa,
and Tharanga only played the last
of those matches, hitting 20 off 11
balls. Barring the tour game in De-
cember, neither batsman has hit a
fifty in any format in the ongoing
"The selection meeting on Tues-
day (tomorrow) will decide the
squad and the captain who will lead
in the three matches," a board state-
ment said. "The team will arrive in
Canberra on Monday the 13th."
Sri Lanka are expected to play a
practice T20 in Canberra on Febru-
ary 15, before flying to Melbourne
on 17th for the first of three T20Is.
Boult, Taylor help
NZ reclaim trophy
HAMILTON --- Trent Boult took
career-best figures of 6-33 after
Ross Taylor hit a record equal-
ing 16th century as New Zea-
land beat Australia by 24 runs
yesterday to reclaim the Chap-
pell-Hadlee Trophy in the third
one day international.
Boult ripped through Australia's
middle and lower order as the tour-
ists crumbled to be all out for 257
in 47 overs after being set 282 for
victory at Seddon Park.
The Black Caps made 281-9
from their allotted 50 overs with
Taylor contributing 107 to match
Nathan Astle's record for the most
ODI hundreds by a New Zealander.
Recalled opener Dean Brownlie,
playing his first ODI in more than
two years, completed his maiden
half century with a watchful 63 as
well as sharing a vital 100-run third
wicket partnership with Taylor.
Allrounder Mitchell Santner
chipped in with an unbeaten 38 to
push the total towards 300 after
New Zealand's middle order col-
lapsed following the departure of
captain Kane Williamson for 37.
Mitchell Starc and James
Faulkner each captured three
wickets for the Australians, who
needed to win the match to retain
the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy after
New Zealand won the first match
in Auckland by six runs and Thurs-
day's second match in Napier on
Thursday was abandoned because
"It was a helluva game wasn't
it," said Boult. "In terms of our
batting, we felt we were a couple
short but finished nicely and I
think the whole collective bowled
well together and we managed to
take wickets throughout and put
pressure on everyone.
"It's very satisfying. It was a
shame to have a pretty tough les-
son over in Australia a couple of
months ago but it's been a great
couple of games and great to have
the trophy back."
Australia's stand-in captain Aar-
on Finch top-scored for the visitors
with 56 while Travis Head made 53
and Marcus Stoinis 42.
The Australians were still in the
contest, needing 33 runs off 33 balls
with three wickets in hand, after
Pat Cummins (27) and Mitchell
Starc (29 not out) put on 51 for the
But Williamson reintroduced
Boult into the attack and the lef-
tarm paceman promptly broke up
the partnership and mopped up
the last wickets to end Australia's
"We felt like it was a total we
could definitely chase down," Finch
said. "We saw if we had wickets in
hand it might have gone a differ-
ent way. But credit to New Zealand,
they bowled fantastically well.
"You see Ross Taylor get a hun-
dred and we had a couple of guys
get 50s but they don't really win
games at this level." (AP)
Russia hopes for swift end to doping exile
MOSCOW --- More than a year into Rus-
sia's exclusion from international track
and field, high jump world champion
Maria Kuchina feels like she's stagnating.
"I need emotion, I need competition, I need
rivals," Kuchina said.
That's all missing because Russian track
and field exists in limbo, banned since No-
vember 2015 as a series of investigations
revealed widespread doping and alleged
government officials helped to cover it up.
Yesterday saw Russia's biggest meet of
the year so far, though it featured only Rus-
sians, with very mixed quality in many events.
Kuchina won her event easily, but her result
of 1.91 metres was far below her best.
However, after a string of false starts, Russia
is inching closer to a return.
Today, track's world governing body, the
IAAF, will hold a council meeting with the
stated aim of drawing up a road map for Rus-
sia's return though, in some ways, the process
has quietly begun.
Over the winter, the IAAF has been accept-
ing applications from top Russian athletes
who want to compete in international events
as neutral athletes, rather than representa-
tives of Russia's still-suspended track fed-
As of Wednesday, 33 Russians had applied,
sending off forms listing their drug-test his-
tory under newly relaxed IAAF rules which
no longer insist on Russian athletes training
outside their home country. If the IAAF ac-
cepts all of them, Russia will have close to a
full team at next month's European indoor
championships in Serbia, just without a flag.
That's good news for Daria Klishina, the
long jumper who was allowed to be Russia's
only representative in track and field at last
year's Rio Olympics because she has long
trained in Florida, rather than in the Rus-
"I don't want to be in that situation again,
never," Klishina said yesterday, recalling
how she found it tough to be on her own at
the Olympics, where she finished ninth. If
more Russians get permission to compete
this season, "I'll feel a lot better, because I
didn't like competing alone with that huge
Competing as neutrals, not Russians, is a
Many fans support the athletes who have
submitted applications to the IAAF, though
some Russian nationalists accuse them of
betraying their country.
"There's more support because people
who I know understand what sport means
to me," Kuchina said. "I try never to read on-
line comments because they could destroy
Middle-distance runner Elena Korobkina,
however, said she'll refuse a place at major
championships if it means competing as a
neutral, though she will take part in other
meets. "Even if they let me, I won't compete
at the Europeans because I want to race under
my own flag," she said.
Even as Russia nears a return, there have
Documents released in December as part of
a World Anti-Doping Agency inquiry showed
eight unnamed Russians from the national
track and field team had given suspicious
samples ahead of the 2014 world indoor
championships, but most were recorded as
clean. The IAAF is looking into the issue.
In another blow, a German TV channel
broadcast footage showing national-team
runner Artyom Denmukhametov appearing
to train with coach Vladimir Kazarin, who is
suspended over alleged steroid use by several
of his other athletes. Denmukhametov was in
action at yesterday's meet, coming second in
the 400m. He hasn't applied to the IAAF to
compete as a neutral, according to Russian
track federation records.
Until the IAAF either reinstates Russia or
allows its top athletes to compete as individ-
uals, Russian track will remain in suspended
animation. Kuchina doesn't know if she'll be
able to defend her world title in London in
"There's no information," she said, criticis-
ing the lack of updates about her application.
"We're all waiting." (AP)
Angelo Mathews had rolled his ankle while trying to complete a run during
the T20 series against South Africa on Thursday. PHOTO: (ESPNCRICINFO)
High jump world champion Maria Kuchina
looks at her competitors at the Russian
Winter national athletics meet in Moscow,
Russia, yesterday. AP PHOTO
New Zealand 281-9 (Ross Tay-
lor 107, Dean Brownlie 63, Mitch-
ell Santner 38 not out; James
Faulkner 3-59, Mitchell Starc
3-62, Josh Hazlewood 2-44) vs
Australia 257 (Aaron Finch 56,
Travis Head 53, Marcus Stoinis
42; Trent Boult 6-33, Mitchell
Santner 2-50). New Zealand won
by 24 runs.
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