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Published:Saturday | December 20, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Badree out of Big Bash

BRISBANE, Australia (CMC):

West Indies legspinner Samuel Badree has been ruled out of the Big Bash League due to a shoulder injury.

The Trinidad and Tobago cricketer, who will undergo surgery, was set to turn out for Brisbane Heat in the Australian Twenty20 league, which began on Thursday.

"It is very unfortunate for Samuel, who was looking forward to playing in the BBL with us and would have been an exciting player to watch for our fans," said Heat general manager Andrew Blucher.

"We wish him a speedy and successful recovery."

Former England allrounder Andrew Flintoff and New Zealand left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori are now the Heat's only two international signings this year.

NZ clinch series


Inexperienced seamer Matt Henry grabbed 5-30 as New Zealand defeated Pakistan by 68 runs in the fifth one-day international yesterday to clinch the series 3-2.

Henry, 23, knocked off the top order and then accounted for the key wickets of Sarfraz Ahmed and captain Shahid Afridi to dismiss the home team for 207 in 43.3 overs with Haris Sohail (65) and Ahmed Shehzad (54) scoring fighting half centuries.

Captain Kane Williamson (97) and Ross Taylor (88 not out) missed out on centuries and lifted New Zealand's total to 275-4 after the Black Caps won the toss and batted.

Smith stars for Aussies

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) - Steve Smith quickly got over one of his toughest days ever on a cricket field to produce a century that kept Australia in contention in the second Test against India, and could prove to be one of the defining innings of his career.

On his third day in charge, Smith became the first Australian in 39 years to score a century in his first innings as Test captain - a counterattacking 133 yesterday.

"I said before the Test match that I wanted to lead from the front with my performances, so, hopefully, I've done that so far and hopefully it continues for me," he said.

Scores: India 408 and 71 for one; Australia 505.

New deal for City's Hart


Goalkeeper Joe Hart has become the latest core member of Manchester City's squad to commit his future to the Premier League champions, agreeing to a new contract through 2019.

The 27-year-old Hart has won two league titles and two domestic cups since making his City debut in 2006, playing a key role in the team's transformation under Abu Dhabi ownership.

Despite occasionally being dropped by City manager Manuel Pellegrini, Hart has successfully regained his place in the team and earned the new deal until the end of the 2018-19 season.