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Honours even as South Africa waste starts

South Africa 267 for 7 (Morris 26*, Rabada 20*) v EnglandScorecard and ball-by-ball details Steven Finn removed Hashim Amla in a magnificent spell © Getty Images England showed commendable resistance to keep South Africa in check on the opening day of the third Test at The Wanderers. A day in the field at The Bullring was an onerous demand for a squad stricken by a stomach ailment since the end…

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Preview: Bangladesh, Zimbabwe keep big picture in mind

With ICC World T20 not far away, teams are eager to get the combination right during their four-match series. Shakib Al Hasan is back in the side after paternity leave and Soumya Sarkar joins the team after recovering from a side strain – ICC By appointing Makhaya Ntini and Marvan Atapattu as its bowling coach and batting consultant respectively, Zimbabwe, after a disappointing few months, has demonstrated an intention to…

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Preview: In-form New Zealand faces challenge from Pakistan bowlers

All eyes on Amir on his international return, even as both teams aim to sort out ideal combination ahead of ICC World T20 2016. Amir will bolster a Pakistan pace attack already brimming with big names – AFP While the first Twenty20 International between Pakistan and New Zealand at Eden Park in Auckland promises to be a riveting cricketing contest, most of the focus will be on one 23-year-old speedster….

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Gulam Bodi charged under anti-corruption code

Johannesburg – Former South Africa one-day international and Twenty20 player Gulam Bodi was on Thursday named as the person charged under Cricket South Africa’s anti-corruption code. Gulam Bodi of the Lions bats during the Karbonn Smart CLT20 Semi Final match between Bizhub Highveld Lions and Delhi Daredevils at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on October 25, 2012 in Durban © AFP/File STRINGER Bodi has been charged with contriving to fix, or otherwise…

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Pakistan expect ‘no-ball’ Amir to fire in New Zealand

Auckland – The eyes of the cricket world will be on Pakistan in New Zealand on Friday with Mohammad Amir set to make his international comeback after serving a jail term and five-year ban for spot-fixing. Pakistan’s Mohammad Amir (right) is returning to international cricket after serving a five-year ban for spot-fixing© AFP/File Arif Ali The 23-year-old is expected to be named in the starting line-up for the tour-opening Twenty20…

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Steyn a chance to play at SuperSport Park

Dale Steyn twice left the field in the middle of an over during the Boxing Day Test © Getty Images Dale Steyn could still make an appearance in South Africa’s ongoing Test series against England, which he is currently sitting out of with a shoulder injury. Steyn posted a picture on Twitter of himself in a hyperbaric chamber, which he is using to speed up his recovery. 2 hours a…

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Ganguly asked to respond to conflict of interest allegation

Play 01:46 Archive – Ganguly had nothing to do with Pune bid, says Manohar The BCCI’s ombudsman Justice AP Shah has asked Sourav Ganguly to respond, by January 28, to an allegation of conflict of interest relating to his role on the IPL governing council. The allegation, received by Shah from a member of the public, is that Ganguly has a commercial tie-up with the RP Sanjiv Goenka group, which…

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Vince and Westley seal Lions victory

England Lions 211 for 5 (Vince 88, Westley 57*) beat UAE XI 210 (Shahzad 46) by five wicketsScorecard James Vince top-scored with 88 after returning to the ranks © Getty Images James Vince led England Lions to victory in their first 50-over warm-up game against United Arab Emirates even though he was taking a break from the captaincy. Vince returned to the ranks to allow Sam Billings some leadership experience,…

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Bangladesh ponder using Mashrafe up the order

Mashrafe Mortaza could be used regularly as a pinch-hitter in a format where he has come of age as a striker of the ball © AFP Bangladesh are toying with the idea of sending Mashrafe Mortaza up the batting order in the upcoming T20s against Zimbabwe. The idea is a first, at least for Bangladesh, for thinking out of the box has not always been high on their agenda in…

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Finn and Moeen strike back for England

Tea South Africa 152 for 3 (de Villiers 29*, du Plessis 6*) v EnglandLive scorecard and ball-by-ball details Play 01:29 Miller: South Africa steady despite last-minute changes Steven Finn was a hasty addition to England’s South Africa tour party after shaking off his foot injury on a Lions tour, but he was the sharpest component in their Test attack as he spearheaded their challenge in the third Test in Johannesburg….

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