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Cricket News - 2001-11-30

The dispute over the status of an Indian cricket player has finally been resolved. India has agreed to drop suspended batsman Virender Sehwag from Monday's first test against England, so it will go ahead as scheduled in Mohali.

The International Cricket Council, the governing body of world cricket, and the Indian board reached an agreement Friday after marathon talks by telephone during the past week. India relented after the council agreed to set up a referees commission to examine the decisions made by referee Mike Denness against India, which sparked the standoff.

Denness disciplined six Indian players -- including star Sachin Tendulkar -- for bringing the game into disrepute in the second test against South Africa on November 19th. Sehwag was banned for one match for excessive appealing. When both countries decided to remove Denness from officiating the third test in South Africa, the council stripped the match of official status.

India maintained the match was still a test and Sehwag, who sat out the South Africa match, was eligible for the England match. England had threatened to cancel the tour of India and suggested it might call off India's test series next year in England over the incident. The telephone talks apparently resolved the impasse and Sehwag will sit out the first of the three tests.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka's cricket team has scored 193 for three in reply to the West Indies first innings total of 390 after second day of the third and final test in Colombo.

Brian Lara was the big scorer for the West Indians, getting his fourth test double century with 221 runs. But the visitors failed to make the most of a strong position. Resuming Friday at 327 for three, the West Indians were dismissed in the first over after lunch for 390. Left-arm seamer Chaminda Vaas took a career best seven-for-120 for Sri Lanka.

Teammate Sanath Jayasuriya fell short of his effort for a century, getting dismissed for 85, seven overs before bad light stopped play. Sri Lanka has already clinched the three-test series, 2-0.

Meanwhile, Lou Vincent has become the sixth cricket player to make a century for New Zealand in his test debut. Opener Vincent and Captain Stephen Fleming both struck for centuries as New Zealand reached 293 for seven on the opening day of the third and final test against host Australia in Perth.

The pair shared a 199 run partnership for the third wicket after the Kiwis slumped to 19 for two in the first seven overs. Vincent's 104 and Fleming's 105 carried the total to 87 for two at lunch and added another 103 in the middle session.

Australia took the new ball at 252 for three and grabbed four wickets for 17, removing Fleming, Craig McMillan (four), Daniel Vettori (two) and all-rounder Chris Cairns (eight) in the final 10 overs of the day's play.

The first two test matches of the series were rain-affected draws dominated by Australia.