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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Richardson to Retire After World Cup

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- West Indies captain Richie Richardson said on Tuesday he will retire from international cricket after the World Cup.


The 34-year-old batsman, who took over from Viv Richards in 1991, sent a fax from Jaipur in India to the Caribbean News Agency, saying he had already informed the West Indies Cricket Board of Control of his decision.


"I had made up my mind at the end of the U.K. tour last summer that I would retire at the end of the World Cup," Richardson said.


During the past year, Richardson has come under criticism for a lack of firm leadership and his side has suffered some painful defeats, culminating in the humiliation of a 73-run rout by Kenya in the World Cup last week.


Last April, West Indies lost its first test series in 15 years when Australia beat the home side 2-1 in the Caribbean. The West Indians went on to draw a series in England, but the tour was dogged by problems of indiscipline and conflict between Richardson and record-holding batsman Brian Lara.


Before travelling to India for the World Cup, West Indies went to Australia but failed to qualify for the final of the one-day World Series and Richardson's once-reliable batting looked decidedly creaky.


The soft-spoken right hander made some amends on Monday when he scored 93 not out to guide West Indies to victory against the fancied Australians in the World Cup and virtually ensure a place in the quarterfinals.


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In Rawalpindi, Pakistan, opener Andrew Hudson plundered 161 and shared in two records as South Africa continued its unbeaten sequence at the World Cup with a 160-run win over the Netherlands on Tuesday.


Hudson took part in a Cup record opening partnership of 186 with Gary Kirsten, spurring South Africa to 328 for three in its 50 overs in the Group B match at the Pindi stadium.


The Netherlands, the only team not to have won a game at the tournament, finished on 168 for eight.


Hudson and Kirsten, who struck 83, broke the 11-year-old Cup record for a first wicket stand of 182 by Australians Rick McCosker and Alan Turner against Sri Lanka at The Oval in 1975 during the inaugural tournament.


South Africa's total was its highest in one-day internationals and Hudson's score the third highest by a South African batsman.


His 161 off 132 balls, including four sixes and 12 fours, was a chanceless inning that led South Africa to its 10th successive one-day international victory.