Cricket: Sporting Digest

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Australia will play four Tests and seven one-day internationals while touring the West Indies early next year. The squad will arrive on 19 Feb and contest the Frank Worrell Trophy at Trinidad, Jamaica, Barbados and Antigua from 5 March to 7 April. Australia will play two more one- dayers than on the 1995 tour, as a warm-up to the World Cup in England in May.

Sussex expect to be without Keith Newell, their all-rounder, for up to six weeks because he has broken a finger on his left hand. Newell suffered the injury when he was struck by a delivery from Nantie Hayward, the South African pace bowler, during the tour match at Arundel.

Suresh Perera, the Sri Lanka fast-medium bowler, won his first international call-up yesterday when he was included in their squad for the Independence Cup. Sri Lanka named 14 players for the limited overs tournament which also includes India and New Zealand and starts tomorrow.