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Hales stars as England's cricketers stun Sri Lanka

Alex Hales became the first England player to score a Twenty20 century as the cricket team claimed a remarkable six-wicket victory against Sri Lanka in the T20 World Cup.

Alex Hales won the match with a six in the final over. Credit: REUTERS/Philip Brown

The 25-year-old hit 116 from 64 balls as underdogs England fought back from 0-2 to chase down Sri Lanka's total of 189 with four balls to spare in Colombo.

The victory keeps alive England's hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals of the tournament.

Stokes to miss World Twenty20 after punching locker

England all-rounder Ben Stokes will miss the ICC World Twenty20 due to a hand injury. Credit: PA

England all-rounder Ben Stokes has been ruled out of this month's World Twenty20 in Bangladesh with a fractured hand, the England and Wales Cricket Board said on Friday.

Chris Woakes has been added to the 15-man squad to replace Stokes, who suffered the injury when he struck a locker in the dressing-room following his dismissal in the Twenty20 international against West Indies in Barbados on Thursday.

"I am really disappointed to be missing out on going to a World T20 with England - it was a huge error in judgement following a frustrating tour for me and I deeply regret my behaviour," Stokes said in an ECB statement.

"I would like to wish the team all the very best in Bangladesh."

Graeme Smith announces retirement

South Africa captain Graeme Smith
South Africa captain Graeme Smith is to retire from international cricket. Credit: PA

South Africa captain Graeme Smith has announced he will retire from international cricket at the end of the third test against Australia at Newlands.

"This has been the most difficult decision I have ever had to make in my life. It's a decision that I have been considering since my ankle surgery in April last year," Smith said in a statement released by Cricket South Africa on Monday.

Smith's retirement follows that of former team-mate Jacque Kallis - who decided to call it a day only three months ago.

Kevin Pietersen re-signs for Delhi Daredevils

Kevin Pietersen has re-signed for the Delhi Daredevils, as he continues to plan for life after England.

Kevin Pietersen has re-signed for the Delhi Daredevils after being axed from England. Credit: Press Association

Pietersen is free for the first time to feature in a full Indian Premier League campaign, following his axing as a contracted England player at the age of 33 which has effectively signalled the end of his international career.

The IPL announced on its official Twitter feed this morning that Pietersen would play for the Daredevils in the 2014 season. The team agreed to pay 90 million Indian rupees (around £880,000) for Pietersen at the pre-season auction.


Pietersen agrees deal with Surrey after England exit

Kevin Pietersen has agreed terms to play for Surrey this summer, the County side have confirmed.

The 33-year-old batsman will now play for Surrey in the new domestic T20 Blast competition.

Kevin Pietersen will now play for Surrey in the new domestic T20 Blast competition. Credit: PA Wire

The decision to leave Pietersen out of England's squads for the tour of the West Indies and the ICC World Cup sparked controversy, with the England and Wales Cricket Board suggesting his omission was due to a lack of trust.

Pietersen said he was "absolutely delighted" with the news.

Watch: Pietersen refuses to comment after England omission

Cameron: 'Powerful argument' for keeping Pietersen

David Cameron has voiced his views on the ejection of Kevin Pietersen from the England cricket team, saying there was a "powerful argument" for keeping him on the team.

Kevin Pietersen
Kevin Pietersen was confirmed as being left out of the England squad for the tour of West Indies and World Twenty20. Credit: PA

Speaking on BBC Radio Lancashire, the Prime Minister said: "I am an enormous fan of Kevin Pietersen and I have had some of my most enjoyable times watching him tonking the ball all over the park.

"It is not often I have a sympathy for Piers Morgan but I thought he was making quite a powerful argument this morning on my radio."

Read: Piers Morgan slams Kevin Pietersen decision

But Mr Cameron insisted he didn't want to interfere in the England Cricket Board's decision making, saying: "I will let the England selectors pick the England team, I think I had better stay out of this one."

Read: Kevin Pietersen's colourful England career in pictures

Shane Warne describes Pietersen decision as 'disgrace'

Kevin Pietersen's former Ashes adversary Shane Warne has described the decision to end the 33-year-old's international career as a "disgrace".

The decision has reverberated around the world, and the former Australian bowler made his feelings clear on Twitter.


I also just heard the sad news re KP that he has played his last game for England, to me it's a disgrace & a joke ! The ECB is in a shambles

Watch: Pietersen refuses to comment after England omission

Pietersen refuses to comment after England omission

Kevin Pietersen has refused to comment on his omission from the England cricket squad and the apparent end of his international career.

England's management unanimously decided that the 33-year-old was not in their future plans - a decision which has proved controversial.

The 33-year-old, who said he was "so sad" at the decision yesterday, did not speak to ITV News as he entered his home this afternoon.

Read: Pietersen wife says give public 'truth' about England axing

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