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Wednesday 21st March 2018

Cricket World Cup: Scotland denied by rain as West Indies reach 2019 Cricket World Cup

Scotland's hopes of reaching the 2019 Cricket World Cup are effectively over after rain in Harare halted their run-chase to send the West Indies through.

The Scots needed another 74 off 14.4 overs when the deluge intervened, Kyle Coetzer's side trailing by five runs on the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method.

They had earlier bowled the Windies out for 198, Safyaan Sharif and Brad Wheal both taking three wickets.

Richie Berrington hit 33 after Scotland were reduced to 25-3 in reply.

But his controversial dismissal, given out lbw to a ball that replays appeared to show was heading down the leg side, proved costly as Scotland's hopes of a fourth World Cup appearance - after reaching the 1999, 2007 and 2015 tournaments - were ended by the weather.


Kevin Pietersen to retire from all forms of cricket after Pakistan Super League

England cricketer Kevin Pietersen finally brought down the curtain on a stellar career that spanned the best part of two decades over the weekend by announcing his retirement.

The legendary batsman made the announcement via his Instagram account, saying the T20 tournament, which begins on Thursday and finishes on March 25, would be his last as a player.

The statistics speak for themselves: 23 centuries in 104 Tests for England only tell half the story, while he amassed over 30,000 runs across all formats for club and country, including 152 fifties and 68 tons.


Ashes: Trevor Bayliss to step down as England coach in 2019

Trevor Bayliss will step down as England coach when his contract expires at the end of the 2019 Ashes.

The 55-year-old, who was appointed in 2015, has just seen his side beaten 4-0 in Australia, but told England director of cricket Andrew Strauss of his plans a year ago.

Bayliss led England to a home Ashes triumph in his first summer in charge and later presided over a Test series win in South Africa and a run to the final of the 2016 World Twenty20.

With the World Cup on home soil in 2019, England's steady progress in the 50-over game has been such that a semi-final defeat in the 2017 Champions Trophy was seen as a disappointment.

However, the team's recent Test results have been mixed.

In 38 matches under Bayliss, they have lost 18 and won 15. The tour of Australia extended their winless run in away Tests to 11 matches.

England's next assignment in Test cricket is two matches in New Zealand in March.

The squad for that trip will be announced on Wednesday at 22:00 GMT - 24 hours later than planned as captain Joe Root recovers from the severe dehydration he suffered during the final Ashes Test.

Australia coach Darren Lehmann will also leave his post after the 2019 Ashes in the UK.


England to host Australia in ODI series in 2018, plus Tests v Pakistan & India

England will host Australia in six limited-overs matches in 2018, in between Test series against Pakistan and India.

England and Australia will play five one-day internationals and a Twenty20 in June - four months after the sides meet in Australia following the Ashes.

Joe Root's side play two Tests against Pakistan starting on 24 May before facing Scotland in an ODI in Edinburgh.

They also play three T20s, three ODIs and five Tests against India.

The Tests, which start on 1 August, will be held at Edgbaston, Lord's, Trent Bridge, Southampton and The Oval.

England lost a five-Test series 4-0 in India last winter, after which Alastair Cook resigned as captain and ODI skipper Root took over in the longer format of the game.

When India last toured in 2014, England won the Test series 3-1, while Pakistan drew a four-Test series 2-2 in 2016.

Lord's and Headingley will host the Tests against Pakistan next summer.

The final of county cricket's One-Day Cup will be held at Lord's on 30 June, while Edgbaston will again stage T20 Finals Day on 15 September.