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De Villiers smashes ODI ton record

De Villiers ended on 149 from 44 balls. Credit: PA

South Africa batsman AB de Villiers has scored the fastest-ever one-day international century during South Africa's run-laden innings against the West Indies on Sunday.

The number three needed 31 deliveries to reach the milestone in the second ODI in Johannesburg, five fewer than previous record holder Corey Anderson, who needed 36 balls to reach the milestone against the West Indies last year.

De Villiers had earlier broken Sanath Jayasuriya's 19-year record for the fastest ODI fifty, taking a mere 16 deliveries to achieve the feat by launching Jason Holder over the long-off boundary.

De Villiers ended on a huge 149 from 44 balls.


Australian great Brett Lee retires from cricket

Lee is one of the fastest bowlers of the modern era. Credit: PA

Australia great Brett Lee has announced his retirement and named the 2005 Ashes series as his favourite memory in a 20-year career.

Lee, 38, will send down his final ball in the Big Bash League this month, either in Sydney Sixers' final group game on Thursday or later if they reach the knockouts.

Lee, one of the fastest bowlers of the modern era, is Australia's joint highest wicket-taker in one-day internationals, joining Glenn McGrath on 380 scalps. He also picked up 310 wickets in 76 Tests.

"I'm not Benjamin Button...I'm finally calling stumps on my career," he joked.

"I'm excited and emotional, certainly happy that I've made the right decision."

Pietersen: Captain Morgan wants me in England side

Controversial batsman Kevin Pietersen says Eoin Morgan would like to bring him back into the England one-day side.

Pietersen has been absent from the England side since his central contract was terminated in February 2014 after falling out with the team's hierarchy and has missed out on the World Cup squad.

Kevin Pietersen, right, says new England one-day skipper Eoin Morgan, left, wants him back. Credit: PA

Speaking on Sky Sports, Pietersen said: "The current England captain would love to have me in the team."

"I get on pretty well with most of the guys in there, if not all of them.

"I don't see why (I couldn't play again)."

"I want to play for England," he said.

England ease to win in World Cup warm-up

England coasted to victory in their first warm-up match in Australia, crushing an obliging ACT XI by 216 runs in Eoin Morgan's first game as full-time captain.

The calibre of the opposition, which included only one fully-contracted state player in Scott Henry, means excitement will be kept to a minimum but the fixture provided most of the squad with valuable practice at the Manuka Oval.

James Tredwell, right, was the pick of the bowlers. Credit: PA

A reshaped top four of Moeen Ali, Ian Bell, James Taylor and Joe Root all made half-centuries and there was an explosive late partnership between all-rounders Ravi Bopara and Chris Woakes worth 105 in just 50 balls.

That carried England to an imposing total of 364 for six and the home batsmen were unable to get close as they were skittled for 148 in the 33rd over.

Spinner James Tredwell took three for 11 to rip out the middle order, while there were two wickets each for Stuart Broad and Moeen.


Pietersen 'available' to play against England

Kevin Pietersen has offered his services to play against his former team England during their tour of Australia next week.

Kevin Pietersen at the crease for Melbourne Stars. Credit: PA

England are due to face a Prime Minister's XI in Canberra on Wednesday as a warm-up to the tri-series against India and Australia, and Pietersen said he was keen to replace the injured Mike Hussey.

"Jeez, I fancy that," Pietersen said on the players' mic while playing for Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash.

Commentator Adam Gilchrist, the former Australia wicketkeeper, asked: "Are you telling us you're available?"

Pietersen replied: "Mate, I'm always available."

As if to prove a point, Pietersen went on to hit a run-a-ball 49 in his team's nail-biting victory over the Melbourne Renegades.

Andrew Flintoff, who is also playing Down Under, for Brisbane Heat, responded to Pietersen's comments on Twitter:

Australia skipper Smith blames drop on spidercam

A major talking point in Australia against India came three overs before lunch when Lokesh Rahul did not get hold of a pull off Shane Watson and the ball went flying into the air with Steve Smith looking certain to make the catch.

The stand-in captain, though, spilled the opportunity and instantly pointed to the sky, suggesting the ball may have hit the 'spider-cam' system of camera wires above the pitch.

Steve Smith wasn'y happy with the camera. Credit: PA

Smith could be mouthing the words 'f***ing wire' after shelling the opportunity.

Both Cricket Australia and the Australian broadcasters later confirmed that was not the case but admitted Smith had been "distracted by one of the wires in his eye line" and the fielder looked furious to have spilled the opener on 46.

Moores: Cook had every chance to prove himself

England coach Peter Moores says it was a tough decision to relieve Alistair Cook of the one-day captaincy, but the batsman fell short of expectations.

Eoin Morgan replaced Cook as captain in the 50-over format following a collection of poor results for the national team, ahead of this year's World Cup.

Alistair Cook won't be heading to the World Cup. Credit: PA

"Unfortunate for Alastair that he missed out but I feel very confident we have identified the best 15 players. It was a tough one on Alastair, he had every opportunity to try and get on the plane and he committed totally to that and to the team. All that work won't be lost, we've got a very good set of players, it's time for us to move on.

"Alastair has a lot of Test cricket to play and it will be beneficial for him to have that break but he will be disappointed not to go to the World Cup. It's a good time for him to prepare for Test cricket while we are focusing on the World Cup."

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