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Published:Tuesday | July 7, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Khan

Pakistan chase

record Test win

PALLEKELE, Sri Lanka (AP):

Younis Khan and Shan Masood smashed unbeaten centuries yesterday to keep Pakistan in contention for a record Test win against Sri Lanka. The tourists finished day four of the third and deciding test on 230-2 and require a further 147 runs with one day left.

The pair added an unbroken 217-run stand for the third wicket after Pakistan - chasing a seemingly impossible 377 to win - were reduced to 13-2.

No team has successfully chased more than 352 in Sri Lanka, while Pakistan's highest successful run chase is 315-9 against Australia in Karachi in 1994.

It was Masood's maiden Test century. Playing in just his fifth Test match, the 25-year-old opener helped Pakistan rebuild their innings and restored hopes of an impressive series win.

Cummins ready for Aussie Test return

BRISBANE, Australia (AP):

Fast bowler Pat Cummins said yesterday he's ready for the demands of Australia's upcoming Ashes cricket Test series in England, even though he hasn't played a first-class match in two years or a Test since his debut four years ago.

The 22-year-old Cummins has been called up to the Australia squad as a replacement for Ryan Harris, who was forced into retirement by injury.

Cummins will join the Australia team in Cardiff prior to the first Test against England starting tomorrow.

Cummins hasn't played a Test since 2011 when he became Australia's youngest Test player in more than 50 years against South Africa. He later suffered a stress fracture in his back and has since only been able to play limited-overs cricket.

Bradley gets 100th cap for US

FRISCO, Texas (AP):

Michael Bradley will get his 100th cap for the U.S. in today's CONCACAF Gold Cup opener against Honduras, becoming the 16th American to reach the century mark.

The 27-year-old midfielder was appointed captain of the US squad by coach Jurgen Klinsmann last week after Clint Dempsey was suspended by Major League Soccer and the US Soccer Federation for a confrontation with a referee last month.

Bradley was among five players on the field for every minute of the Americans' 2010 World Cup campaign, scoring a late equaliser that salvaged a 2-2 draw against Slovenia. He also started all four games at last year's tournament in Brazil, though his form was at times lacking.

The defending champions, USA, will be aiming for their sixth championship at the biennial Gold Cup tournament.