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Australian Cricket today launched its next five-year strategy, which provides direction for the sport around the country. Among the key themes are a focus on women and girls, grassroots and junior cricket, and growth in the Big Bash Leagues.

The new strategy has been devised after more than 12 months’ consultation with all parts of cricket, from volunteers and club members through to players and administrators. The strategy applies to Cricket Australia and all eight State and Territory cricket associations. 

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Australians Tom Grice and Penny Smith are the inaugural ISSF World Champions in the Trap Mixed Team event, coming from behind to defeat Spain’s Antonio Bailon and Beatriz Martinez to win gold at the Foxlodge Shooting Range in Moscow (RUS) overnight.

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Cricket Australia’s 2017 Pathways Rookie Squad has been announced, featuring 53 of the country’s most talented male teenage cricketers. This is the third annual intake for the program, which commenced in 2015 to help identify and nurture Australia’s next generation of stars, aged between 14 and 17. In just two years, the program has already helped develop players who now have state contracts.

Western Australia allrounder Cameron Green, a member of the 2015 squad, picked up a five-wicket haul in a stunning JLT Sheffield Shield debut last summer, while two more members of the inaugural intake, Queensland’s Xavier Bartlett and New South Wales’ Jason Sangha, played in last summer’s JLT One-Day Cup for the Cricket Australia XI.

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Current Olympic champion Catherine Skinner has been narrowly defeated by Jessica Rossi of Italy in the 2017 ISSF Shotgun World Championship in Moscow, Russia.

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The Diamonds were defeated by the New Zealand Silver Ferns 57-47 in Invercargill, in the final test of the Netball Quad Series. The Silver Ferns claimed the Quad Series title, finishing higher than the Diamonds on the ladder based on percentage. It is the first time since the 2012 Constellation Cup that New Zealand has won a series over the Diamonds.

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The Springboks will continue to work hard and look for improvement as they head to Perth where they will face the Wallabies next in the 2017 Castle Lager Rugby Championship.

The second part of the Springbok squad, consisting of the forwards and some management staff, travelled to Perth on Saturday evening.

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Wallabies lock Rob Simmons has signed with Australian Rugby, committing to a two-year deal with the ARU and NSW Waratahs until the end of 2019. The 28-year old will move south from Queensland to join the NSW Waratahs after 114 games for the Reds.

Simmons, who boasts 73 Test caps, will now remain on Australian shores until the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

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