Sporting Digest: Cricket

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THE start of today's inaugural Test between Sri Lanka and the West Indies at Colombo may be delayed because the ground is saturated. The West Indies will decide between playing a second spinner, Roger Harper, or another fast bowler, Anderson Cummins.

SRI LANKA (from): A Ranatunga (capt), R S Mahanama, D P Samaraweera, H P Tillekeratne, P A de Silva, S T Jayasuriya, R S Kalpage, P Dissanayake, G P Wickremasinghe, M Muralitharan, S D Anurasiri, D K Liyanage, A H Wickremaratne, C Vaaz.

WEST INDIES (from): R B Richardson (capt), D L Haynes, P V Simmons, B C Lara, K L T Arthurton, C L Hooper, J R Murray, C E L Ambrose, C A Walsh, W K M Benjamin, R A Harper, A C Cummins.

WASIM AKRAM returns to captain Pakistan for tomorrow's second Test against Zimbabwe. He missed the opening match of the three-Test series last week after fracturing his wrist in Sharjah last month. Zimbabwe are expected to keep the same side that lost by 131 runs.

TOUR MATCH (Melbourne): South Africa 261 (B M McMillan 55; D W Fleming 6-86) and 178 (J N Rhodes 59; C Howard 5-42); Victoria 330 for 8 dec (B Hodge 80, D J Ramshaw 71, D W Fleming 54) and 110 for 4. Victoria won by six wickets.