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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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West Indies win World T20 final against Sri Lanka by 36 runs

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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Kevin Pietersen will now have clear-the-air talks with team-mates

Kevin Pietersen set for India tour after apology to England team, ECB and fans

Batsman signs new temporary contract and now begins process of 'reintegration' into England squad

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Australia sustained a 32-run defeat in their final Super Eights match against Pakistan yesterday, but were still able to celebrate a place in the World Twenty20 semi-finals alongside their conquerors as India went out despite beating South Africa in Group F's other game.

Kevin Pietersen is left hanging as England prepare to name a Test squad for India

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England team director Andy Flower is hopeful of a positive resolution to the Kevin Pietersen saga today or tomorrow.

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