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Hazlewood takes 2 early wickets, England in trouble in Ashes

PERTH, Australia (AP) Bowler Josh Hazlewood took two quick wickets to place England in serious trouble in its chase of 259 runs to make Australia bat again in the third Ashes test at the WACA ground.

England was on 71 for three when rain forced an early tea break Sunday.

James Vince and Dawid Malan will resume after the break on 36 and four runs respectively to delay the inevitable that could see Australia regain the Ashes from skipper Joe Root's team.

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Ryder outshines Stokes in Twenty20 runfest

NELSON, New Zealand (AP) England allrounder Ben Stokes had to concede the spotlight to former New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder on Sunday in his latest appearance for Canterbury province.

Stokes scored 17 from 10 balls and took 0-42 from four overs in the Twenty20 Super Smash match against Ryder's Central Districts. (MORE)

Mitch Marsh makes 100, Aussies take lead in 3rd Ashes test

PERTH, Australia (AP) Career-best knocks by skipper Steve Smith and Mitchell Marsh gave Australia a stranglehold of the third Ashes test against England at the WACA on Saturday.

Australia hit up a commanding 549 for four at stumps on the third day with Smith and Marsh unbeaten on 229 and 181, respectively, in reply to England's 403 all out. Smith and Marsh have put on an undefeated 301 runs for the fifth wicket in 5 1/2 hours. (MORE)

Ashes: Australia vs England 3rd test scoreboard

PERTH, Australia (AP) Scoreboard Saturday after the third day of the third Ashes test between Australia and England at the WACA ground:

England, 1st Innings 403 (MORE)

New Zealand XI beats West Indies by 6 wickets in tour match

WHANGAREI, New Zealand (AP) Test opener Jeet Raval made 169 to bat a New Zealand XI to a six-wicket win over the West Indies on Saturday in a one-day tour match.

Raval anchored the New Zealand XI's innings of 289-4 from 48.3 overs as it surpassed the West Indies' 288 in the match at Cobham Oval. (MORE)

Lasith Malinga dropped for T20s vs. India

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) Sri Lanka has dropped fast bowler Lasith Malinga from its squad of 15 players for the upcoming three-match Twenty20 series against India.

Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement Friday that it has "rested" Malinga, who was part of the Bangladesh Premier League until earlier this month (MORE)

Malan proves to himself he belongs by hitting Ashes century

PERTH, Australia (AP) Dawid Malan doubted his batting credentials in test cricket.

After averaging 23.62 in the home tests against South Africa and West Indies, Malan's struggles continued in Australia. (MORE)

Malan's maiden ton lifts England to 305-4 in 3rd Ashes test

PERTH, Australia (AP) Dawid Malan hit a maiden century in an unbeaten 174-run stand with Jonny Bairstow as England took the honors on the opening day of the third Ashes test at the WACA on Thursday.

After electing to bat first, England was in some bother at 131-4. Then Malan, with a chancy 110 not out, and Bairstow, 75 not out, lifted the tourists' sagging fortunes to finish the day on 305-4. (MORE)

ICC: No evidence of corruption regarding 3rd Ashes test

PERTH, Australia (AP) The International Cricket Council says there is no evidence the third Ashes test had been "corrupted" after claims in a British newspaper that bookmakers offered to fix parts of the match.

The Sun newspaper published purported evidence of bookmakers offering to sell details of rigged periods of play for betting purposes in the test which began on Thursday in Perth. (MORE)

England allrounder Stokes hits 93 in New Zealand T20 match

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Allrounder Ben Stokes hit seven sixes in a 47-ball innings of 93 in a Twenty20 match for Canterbury province Thursday which sends the strongest signal yet that he is ready for a recall to the England test team during its current Ashes series in Australia.

Banned from playing for England while prosecutors consider whether he will be charged over a nightclub incident at Bristol in September, Stokes also hit six fours as he raced to a half century from 29 balls. (MORE)