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Sport update: England reel as they hit new low; UPDATE.

SHATTERED skipper Alec Stewart put on a brave face after England crashed to their lowest one-day international score against Australia in the NatWest triangular cricket series last night.

His team was skittled out for 86 - with Aussie opening bowlers Glenn McGrath (two for 19) and Jason Gillespie (three for 20) in fine form - as they chased a modest total of 208 for seven at Old Trafford.

England, who needed 212 runs to win under the Duckworth-Lewis method due to rain, have now lost nine one-day matches on the trot.

Stewart said: "They might have had the better of the conditions but they used them exceptionally well and we were beaten convincingly.

"McGrath and Gillespie were outstanding and if you get your first five wickets knocked off for 30 or 40 runs you're never going to recover.

"If you get hammered you have to take it on the chin."

England face Pakistan in Leeds on Sunday but they will be playing only for pride as Australia and Pakistan will contest the June 23 final.

ATHLETICS: Mark Richardson was celebrating last night after having his two-year drug ban lifted.

The 400m runner tested positive for nandrolone in October 1999 and missed the Sydney Olympics as a result.

But the International Amateur Athletic Federation reinstated the Englishman under their "exceptional circumstance" rule, citing his efforts to educate others about the danger of using food supplements.

Richardson said: "Now I can get on with my career. I have my integrity back."

The runner, 29 next month, denied knowingly taking nandrolone, claiming contaminated supplements caused his positive test.

CYCLING: Craig MacLean (City of Edinburgh RC) won the Paris Grand Prix sprint title and the pounds 1000 prize money last night, becoming the first British rider to win for over 40 years. He beat two Frenchmen in a three-way final on the outdoor track at St Denis.

BOXING: Lennox Lewis could be set for a world heavyweight title rematch against Hasim Rahman as soon as August 18. Rahman's defence of the WBC and IBF belts against David Izon in Beijing is unlikely to go on.

SPEEDWAY: Berwick lost 54-36 at Swindon in the Premier League last night.

BASKETBALL: Edinburgh Rocks have named American Kevin Wall as their new coach.
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