Russell for Big Bash
MELBOURNE, Australia (CMC):
West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell has been signed by Melbourne Renegades to contest the Aussie Big Bash League starting here later this month.
The 26-year-old limited-overs specialist will be available for the first half of the Big Bash and joins the franchise which already boasts West Indies one-day captain Dwayne Bravo on their roster.
Currently in South Africa campaigning for Knights in the Ram Slam Twenty20 League, Russell said he was keen to get going Down Under.
"I'm really looking forward to getting to Australia and playing a key role for the Melbourne Renegades this season," Russell said.
"The Renegades have a talented squad this year, with a good mix of big hitters and great bowlers. So I want to contribute to the team in both areas this season," he added.
Hart: MLS will help Jones
COUVA, Trinidad (CMC):
Trinidad and Tobago head coach Stephen Hart believes defender Joevin Jones' move to Chicago Fire will be a boost to his career and will further enhance his chances of international selection.
The 23-year-old Jones joined the Major League Soccer club from Trinidadian outfit W Connection following a recent loan spell at Finnish Veikkausliiga club HJK Helsinki.
"Joevin moving to Chicago Fire is a very positive move. I spoke to the [Chicago Fire] coach Frank Yallop about Joevin and told him he is an exciting prospect who has the ability to play several positions," said Hart, who led T&T to the runners-up spot at the CFU Caribbean Cup last month.
Jones has 37 caps for T&T, and has already turned out in the Caribbean Cup and CONCACAF Gold Cup for the national side. He was also part of the side which lost to Jamaica Reggae Boyz on penalties in the Caribbean Cup final in Montego Bay recently.
T20 win for Kiwis
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP):
James Neesham and Kyle Mills shared six wickets as New Zealand defeated Pakistan by 17 runs in the second Twenty20 yesterday and levelled the two-match series 1-1.
Neesham grabbed 3-25 and got the key wicket of Shahid Afridi while Mills polished off the tail with 3-26 to bowl out Pakistan for 127 with seven balls to spare.
Earlier, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson top scored with 33 and Luke Ronchi hit a quick-fire 31 off 19 balls to lift New Zealand to 144-8.
The Black Caps, who lost the first match by seven wickets, added 51 runs in the last five overs, with Afridi conceding 20 of them in one over.
Fast bowler Umar Gul returned from his eight-month layoff because of knee injury to finish with 2-24, while Afridi bagged 2-33.