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Bad light followed by rain forced play to be called off with about 30 overs remaining on Day 3 at Old Trafford in Manchester, hurting Australia's chances of winning this game and forcing their way back into contention in the Ashes. Australia bowled England out for 368 in their first innings earlier in the day, and then stumbled their way to 172-7 before the poor light conditions forced players to go back to the pavilion at about 4:25 pm local time, much to chagrin of Australian skipper Michael Clarke, who argued vehemently that as the batting side, he deserved the right to partake in the decision. It all proved to be for nothing though as rain followed soon after, earning England a massive reprive in the third Ashes test.

Earlier in the day, England managed to add 74 runs to their overnight total of 294-7. Wicket-keeper Matt Prior and pacer Stuart Broad resumed their innings after grinding out long and hard in the final session of play on Day 3. The two lower-order batsmen soon found their stride on Day 4, however, as boundaries came from both their bats, as England got off to a good start. Stuart Broad gave the Manchester crowd good reason to cheer, as he struck three boundaries off one Ryan Harris over and helped England avoid the follow-on. Broad's useful innings of 32 soon came to an end in the very next over as Nathan Lyon got him to edge one through to wicket-keeper Brad Haddin. Broad scored 32 off 66 balls, and his dismissal saw Graeme Swann walk out to bat at number 10.

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David Warner has been suspended for the remainder of Australia's 2013 ICC Champions Trophy campaign as well as for Australia's two warm-up Ashes games. Warner was also fined  A$11,500 in addition to the suspension but avoided being sent home from the tour and is still available for selection for the first Ashes test which begins on July 10 at Nottingham.

The decision came after Warner faced a Cricket Australia Code of Behaviour Hearing late on Thursday evening via teleconference. Cricket Australia's Code of Behaviour commissioner Gordon Lewis imposed the fine and suspension on Warner while Cricket Australia executive chief James Sutherland reacted to the incident at a press conference in Brisbane, Australia and called Warner's actions "a despicable thing", also adding that Warner was lucky to still be available for selection for the first Ashes test match.

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Wednesday’s Group A match between Australia and New Zealand saw both the teams being awarded a point each after rain decided to play spoilsport. Choosing to bat first on a slow Edgbaston pitch, the Australian team managed to score 243-8 in their 50 overs after recovering from a shaky start. New Zealand reached 51-2 in the 15 overs they batted, and the game looked to be heading for a close finish before rain interrupted play, lasting long enough for the match to be called off. The 2 points of the match were split equally among the two sides, making the Aussie’s chances of reaching the semi-finals even dimmer.

Game 7 of the ICC Champions Trophy took us back to Birmingham with local rivals Australia battling New Zealand in a must win game for the defending champions. If losing their opening game to England wasn't bad enough, Australia had some further issues to deal with as star batsman David Warner got himself dropped from the squad after getting involved in an unprovoked brawl with an unnamed English player. Warner's spot was taking by Glenn Maxwell, while left-arm seamer Mitchell Starc made way for spinner Xavier Doherty.

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Australian opening batsman David Warner has been dropped from Australia's game for New Zealand following a late-night altercation with English batsman Joe Root at a bar in Birmingham. Warner was guilty of an 'unprovoked physical attack' on the English batsman in the early hours of Sunday morning, following Australia's 48 run loss to England.

Warner faces the possibility of further punishment for his actions, including that of being sent back home from the tour. Warner has been reported under Cricket Australia's Code of Behaviour and been cited under Rule 6 of the Code of Behaviour, which states that: "Players and officials must not at any time engage in behaviour unbecoming to a representative player or official that could (a) bring them or the game of game into disrepute or (b) be harmful to the interests of cricket."

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The battle to avoid the wooden spoon at Raipur's new Chhattisgarh International Stadium went the way of the Delhi Daredevils as they beat the Pune Warriors by 15 runs in an entertaining contest. Batting first after being put in, Delhi posted a competitive 164-5 on the back of an excellent unbeaten 51 from Australian import David Warner. Pune looked on course in their run chase, but a couple of poor overs at different stages of their run chase cost them a game they could have well won.

Pune Warriors Skipper Aaron Finch won the toss and decided to bowl first. Finch acknowledged that his side had not played upto their potential in this tournament as yet but was hopeful for a turnaround in the fortunes of his side. Pune made three changes to their side from the previous game against the RCB. Australian pacer Kane Richardson made his IPL debut, replacing all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, while Abhishek Nayar and Rahul Sharma came in for spinner Ali Murtaza and pacer Ishwar Pandey.

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The Delhi Daredevils made a swift return to losing ways, ending their 1 game winning streak just as quickly as they had begun it. Being put into bat, Delhi posted a significantly under par 120-7 in their 20 overs with the only significant contribution coming from David Warner, who chipped in with a handy 40.

Harmeet Singh justified his selection by becoming the wrecker in chief for Punjab, taking 3 wickets for just 24 runs, including the big wicket of Virender Sehwag for 23.

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India completed a clean sweep of the visiting Australians with a hard earned 6 wicket win in the final test in Delhi with 16 wickets falling on a thrilling third day. Australia wrapped up the Indian first innings early on Day 3 with the hosts taking only a 10 run lead. The Indian spinners responded by bowling out the Aussies for just 164 in their second innings with Peter Siddle once again giving the visitors' scorecard an air of respectability with his second half-century of the match. India though wrapped up the win in style late in the day with Cheteshwar Pujara guiding his side to victory with an excellent unbeaten 82 from just 92 balls.

There was an element of predictability about proceedings on Sunday morning as Nathan Lyon wasted little time running through the Indian tail, getting rid of both Ishant Sharma and Pragyan Ojha for ducks to bring a swift end to India's first innings. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was left high and dry on 14 as India's innings ended for 272. Lyon was rewarded by notching up his career best figures of 7-94 and there was every indication that this test match may not go into a fourth day even.

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