England's Jonny Bairstow ruled out of opening Test against Sri Lanka

Sport360 staff 20:01 04/11/2018
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Bairstow (r) will play no part in the Galle Test.

England will have to make do without the services of Jonny Bairstow in the opening Test against Sri Lanka at Galle after the wicketkeeper-batsman was ruled out with an ankle injury.

Bairstow had twisted his ankle while playing football in an England practice session during the preceding ODI series with his fitness for the Tests being monitored on a day-to-day basis.

With Bairstow now ruled out of the first Test which gets underway on Tuesday, England will have to decide between Jos Buttler and Ben Foakes for the wicketkeeping option.

“That decision could impact the rest of the team,” an undecided England coach Trevor Bayliss told the BBC.

The tourists had fielded three wicketkeepers in their first red-ball warm up game on the tour. With Bairstow unfit for the second warm-up game, Buttler and Foakes had shared wicketkeeping duties in Colombo.

The opening day of the second warm-up game was ultimately washed out by rain with only one day’s play being completely eventually.

Bayliss believes the lack of warm-up games could hamper his England team going into the three-match series.

“Any Test team around the world would love to have a minimum of two four day games to prepare for the first Test,” Bayliss said.

“The simple fact these days is there’s not enough time. Being physically and mentally fresh is just as important.”

The first Test at Galle will mark the swansong for Sri Lanka veteran spinner Rangana Herath who will hang up his cricketing boots upon completion of the game.

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Welcome to Sunday’s live cricket blog!

The Sport360 team is in place bringing you the latest news from the world in what should be an action-packed day. We will bring you all the updates from the first ODI between Australia and South Africa as well as the opening T20 between India and the West Indies.

Later on, Pakistan will be in action in the final T20 against New Zealand at Dubai.

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5:15pm – Ian Bell expects great things from “consistent” Rory Burns

The English international believes that “promising” Rory Burns can follow the footsteps of Jonathan Trott and his tremendous domestic numbers. Burns was picked for England’s test series against Sri Lanka after a Surreal county season with Surrey.

Rory Burns impressed during day two of the two day warm up match between a Sri Lanka Board Presidents XI and England.

Rory Burns impressed during day two of the two day warm up match between a Sri Lanka Board Presidents XI and England.

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4:35pm – Jonny Bairstow to miss England’s first test match against Sri Lanka due to injury

England’s wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow won’t be able to play any part in England’s first test match against Sri Lanka due to an ankle injury. This opens the door for Jos Buttler and Ben Foakes, with the former touted to be named as Bairstow’s replacement.

Jonny Bairstow.

Jonny Bairstow.

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1:35pm – South Africa beat Australia by six wickets in first ODI

South Africa suffered a few minor hiccups before coasting over the finish line with six wickets to spare in the first ODI against Australia. Set a paltry target of 153 for victory, South Africa openers Quinton de Kock and Reeza Hendricks set up a comfortable win for the visitors with a 94-run stand.

See how the players from both teams fared in our live match report here. To read about the game in depth, take a look at our talking points here.

Nothing going Australia's way at Perth.

Nothing going Australia’s way at Perth.

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The Gladiators traded pacer Rahat Ali and left-arm spinner Hassan Khan to Lahore Qalandars to secure the services of the duo on Saturday.

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Sunil Narine will turn out for Quetta Gladiators in the next PSL.

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11:00am – India’s Ambati Rayudu retires from first-class cricket

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10:20pm – Australia bowled out for 152 in Perth ODI

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Andil Phehlukwayo was the star with the ball for the Proteas with figures of 3-33. Do not miss any of the action from South Africa’s chase by following our live coverage here.

A fine bowling display from the Proteas.

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8:30pm – Andre Russell ruled out of India T20 series

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Russell is not the only loss for the Windies with spinner Ashley Nurse ruled out of the series as well with the injury he picked up in the fourth ODI. Read more on this breaking story here.

Andre Russell will play no part in the three-match series.

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8:00pm – Dale Steyn gives South Africa an electric start in Perth ODI

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The visitors have made a rollicking start with the ball with pacer Dale Steyn striking twice in the third over of the innings. The Aussies are already in a spot of bother. Can they recover?

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Dale Steyn is on fire for South Africa.

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Andile Phehlukwayo was the star with the ball for South Africa.

South Africa took the early 1-0 lead in the three-match series as they thumped Australia by six wickets in the first ODI at Perth on Sunday.

In what was the first encounter between the two old foes since the infamous ball-tampering scandal during the Test series in March, the Proteas bowled out Australia for just 152 runs after skipper Faf du Plessis elected to bowl first.

In reply, the visitors notched up the target for the loss of four wickets with more than 20 overs to spare.

As the visitors draw first blood in the ODI series, we take a look at the talking points.

STEYN SETS THE TONE FOR PROTEAS WITH DOUBLE STRIKE

On a bouncy Perth pitch with a healthy covering of grass, South Africa’s pace attack of Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi were in full flow from the start as Australia’s batsmen found the going tough.

The tone for the match was set by Steyn early on with the veteran pacer extracting every ounce of bounce on offer. In the third over, Steyn had Australia opener Travis Head caught behind by Quinton de Kock as the batsman attempted a drive on the up.

Just two deliveries later, the Proteas stalwart stuck again with D’Arcy Short edging the ball to Du Plessis at second slip. While Steyn’s initial burst had done the early damage, things went from bad to worse for the hosts when skipper Aaron Finch was pinned lbw by Ngidi. Finch’s early dismissal meant Australia had slumped to 8-3 with the Proteas well and truly on top.

Steyn was sensational with the new ball.

Steyn was sensational with the new ball.

PHEHLUKWAYO’S MEDIUM PACE CAUSES CARNAGE

While Rabada, Steyn and Ngidi cranked up the heat at Perth with their skill, it was the medium pace of all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo which broke the back of Australia’s batting.

The dangerous Chris Lynn was the first to fall to Phehlukwayo with De Kock completing a comfortable catch behind the stumps. Glenn Maxwell had got a start but then drove the South Africa medium pacer straight into the hands of Heinrich Klaasen at mid-on.

Australia all-rounder Marcus Stoinis then fell the same way in a carbon-copy dismissal to Maxwell’s as Phehlukwayo was gifted a third wicket. His three-wicket burst reduced the Aussies to 66-6, leaving the hosts with too big a mountain to climb.

Phehlukwayo's medium pace does big damage.

Phehlukwayo’s medium pace does big damage.

DE KOCK, HENDRICKS MAKE SHORT WORK OF TARGET

Despite going in with a strong four-man pace attack comprising Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Coulter-Nile, the Aussies were unable to replicate the effort of South Africa’s quick bowlers.

A target of 153 was always going to be a difficult one to defend for the hosts and that proved to be the case as South Africa’s openers made a commanding start.

De Kock and Reeza Hendricks added 94 runs for the opening wicket with the former playing the role of the primary aggressor while the latter took a back seat.

De Kock was dismissed three runs shy of a half-century after a quick-fire 40-ball 47 which included seven hits to the fence. Hendricks, on the other hand, made a 74-ball 44 before he was dismissed by Stoinis.

By the time the duo departed from the crease, the bulk of the target had already been notched up as the Proteas eventually cruised to a comfortable win.

Australia's pace battery did not have its way.

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