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Marlon Samuels believes the “sky is the limit” for West Indies cricket following their ICC Twenty20 final win over hosts Sri Lanka.

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Marlon Samuels inspired a West Indies fightback from the brink to deny Sri Lanka a home win and triumph themselves instead in the ICC World Twenty20 final.

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Julie Hunter (left) took five wickets for Australia yesterday

England must conquer Australia to win title

Defending champions Australia will face England in tomorrow's Women's World Twenty20 final after breezing to a 28-run win over West Indies.

Chris Gayle celebrates with Kieron Pollard

Gayle swats away Aussies as West Indies storm into final

West Indies 205-4 Australia 131 (West Indies win by 74 runs)

Chris Gayle hits out against Australia

World Twenty20: Chris Gayle leads big-hitting West Indies into final with victory over Australia

Chris Gayle overpowered Australia in West Indies' mesmerising display of sustained hitting as they surged into Sunday's ICC World Twenty20 final against Sri Lanka.

England's women celebrate during the victory over New Zealand

Women's cricket: England book place in World Twenty20 final

England's women stormed into the ICC World Twenty20 final with a seven-wicket victory over New Zealand at the Premadasa Stadium.

Women's cricket: Taylor ensures unbeaten side avoid West Indies in last four

England's women completed a clean sweep of the group stage with a seven-wicket win over Australia to set up a World Twenty20 semi-final with New Zealand on Friday.

England cricketer Steven Finn (R) watches as West Indies cricketers Chris Gayle (C) and Johnson Charles (L) run between the wickets

World Twenty20: Stuart Broad remains confident England can defend title despite 'unacceptable' display

ICC World Twenty20 champions England insist they can still complete a successful defence of their title, despite back-to-back defeats in their last two matches.

Alex Hales hits out during his valiant innings of 68 for England

World Twenty20: England felled by Rampaul double

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England cricketer Steven Finn (R) watches as West Indies cricketers Chris Gayle (C) and Johnson Charles (L) run between the wickets

England fall short in Super Eight campaign with defeat against the West Indies

West Indies 179-5 beat England 164-4 by 15 runs

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The clock is ticking on Kevin Pietersen's status as a centrally-contracted England cricketer.

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