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Aussie pace spearhead Mitchell Starc, now nursing an injury back home, on Wednesday said India are afraid of defeat at the hands of Australia after the first Test debacle in Pune.

India and Australia have won a match each in the four-match series, with one to go in Dharamsala, scheduled to begin on Saturday. The series has not only witnessed some terrific performances but also some controversies. However, Australia have won over many fans and critics alike by performing way above the expectations.

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The on-field antics from cricketers of either side in the ongoing India-Australia series are refusing to die down, with the Australian media on Tuesday comparing home skipper Virat Kohli to US President Donald Trump.

Kohli, who had earlier lashed out at the Australians before falling short of calling them 'cheats' after the second Test in Bengaluru, was held accountable for continual perpetuation of fake news by Australian newspaper 'The Daily Telegraph'.

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Ahead of the fourth and final cricket Test against India, starting on Saturday, out-of-touch Australian opening batsman David Warner on Tuesday said he is striking the ball well and is confident that things will soon turn around for him.

Warner, who has managed only 131 runs in six innings so far in the series, said he will not change his technique and will continue with the same.

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Cricket Australia (CA) has presented a revamped financial payment structure that will enable the women cricketers to have a fully professional sporting career at both international and domestic levels, it was announced on Tuesday.

CA CEO James Sutherland said the offer was for a new five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), and contained a number of landmark features. Through a financial package, CA "will achieve gender equity by ensuring that the minimum and average hourly pay will be the same for state men and women in 2017/18".

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National Cricket Academy (NCA) has undertaken an initiative to conduct a refresher course for the existing accredited coaches of BCCI in conjunction with Cricket Australia.

In pursuance of this objective, the BCCI and CA have partnered to conduct this course and CA was gracious enough to readily accept and depute their faculty to conduct the Level 2 coaching courses at the NCA from March 21 to April 1, 2017. During this period two batches of 25 coaches each will participate and moves are afoot to have more such courses in batches, to re-certify all the BCCI qualified coaches.

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Hot on the heels of his patient 104-run knock in the third Test at Ranchi, Australian batsman Glenn Maxwell on Tuesday got support from vice-captain David Warner, who felt the Victorian could be the team's next all-format superstar batsman.

Maxwell scored his maiden Test match century in the third Test against India to become just the second Australian alongside Shane Watson to hit a hundred in each format of cricket.

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Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly reckoned that injured left-arm quick Mitchell Starc's absence in the third Test against Australia which ended in a draw at Ranchi on Monday, resulted in the off-spinners from either side - Ravichandran Ashwin and Nathan Lyon - failing to find much purchase from the Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) Stadium track.

Ganguly felt that both the off-spinners failed to find the rough outside the off-stump which is often created by the left-arm bowlers.

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