Cricket: Boon and Julian have been dropped from the Australian team for the first block of matches in the World Series

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David Boon and Brendon Julian have been dropped from the Australian team for the first block of matches in the World Series limited-overs tournament against Sri Lanka and the West Indies. Shane Lee, who has been in outstanding form for New South Wales, was called up to make his international debut and Michael Bevan was recalled. Steve Waugh and Paul Reiffel were not considered because of injuries.

India's women are poised to win the third and final Test against England - and square the series - in Hyderabad today. England, who drew the first Test and won the second by two runs, go into the last day requiring a further 264 runs for an improbable victory with nine second innings wickets standing. After Karen Smithies' side had slumped to 98 all out on a disastrous second day, India declared their second innings on 216 for 7, Chandra Kanta Ahir top scoring with 67. England's victory target was 302, but Helen Plimmer was then out for a duck before Jan Brittin (27 not out) and Barbara Daniels (10 not out) guided the tourists to 38 for 1 by the close.

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