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Match facts January 5-9, 2018Start time 1030 local (0830GMT) play 4:27 Darryl Cullinan discusses South Africa and India’s possible combinations before the first Test at Newlands Big Picture There is a feeling of reverse d j vu in the air. Two years and two months ago, with Diwali festivities in the air, South Africa seemed
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Doug Bracewell has been ruled out of New Zealand’s first two ODIs against Pakistan with a hamstring problem. The 27-year-old fast bowler had only just returned from a hiatus of nearly a year in the recently concluded series against West Indies, playing five out of six limited-overs matches to pick up six wickets. On Wednesday,
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England’s best-known group of travelling fans – the Barmy Army – were planning to pay tribute before the Sydney Test to the cricket-loving group who died in a seaplane tragedy in the city. Richard Cousins, the head of the catering company Compass, was one of five Britons who died, along with the Australian-based pilot, when
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1:30 Brendon McCullum and Chris Lynn made light work of the Melbourne Stars attack at the MCG Brisbane Heat 1 for 144 (Lynn 63*, McCullum 61, Bowe 1-21) beat Melbourne Stars 7 for 141 (Maxwell 50, Pietersen 30, Swepson 3-14) by nine wicketsScorecard and ball-by-ball details The Bash Brothers – Chris Lynn and Brendon McCullum
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Mason Crane looks set to make his Test debut in the final match of the Ashes series in Sydney. Crane, the 20-year-old leg-spinner, is set to come into the team in place of either Moeen Ali or Tom Curran as England take the opportunity to blood a new player with the series already decided and
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Captain Faiz Fazal believes Vidarbha’s first match of the season, which they won against Punjab by an innings and 117 runs, “set the tone” for their victorious Ranji Trophy campaign. Vidarbha lifted the prestigious domestic trophy for the first time in their 61st attempt by beating Delhi comprehensively in Indore on the first day of
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James Anderson believes England will need “a 90mph bowler” and “big hundreds” from their batsmen if they are to win the next Ashes series in Australia. Anderson said he felt the relative lack of pace in England’s attack and their failure to post imposing first-innings totals has contributed to their defeat this time around. And
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