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England pace bowler James Anderson has grabbed the top spot in the ICC Test Player Rankings after his superb effort in the third and final Test at Lord’s helped England win by nine wickets to seal a 2-1 series victory over the Windies.

The 35-year-old’s career-best figures of seven for 42 in an innings and a match haul of nine wickets see him overtake India’s left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja, who he now leads by 12 points. The third and fourth places are also taken by spinners with India’s Ravichandran Ashwin and Sri Lanka’s Rangana Herath taking those positions. 

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Records fell aplenty in Headingley on Tuesday at young West Indian sensation Shai Hope led the visitors to a series leveling victory against England on a tense final day.

Hope played a phenomenal innings of skill matched with brilliant strokes as the Windies won an epic encounter by five wickets to level the series 1-1 with one match left.

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West Indies captain Jason Holder led his team admirably as the Windies continued to chip away against England in the second Test match at Headingley.

Holder played some brave shots in an attacking 43 as Windies made 427 to secure a vital first innings lead of 169. He then produced an accurate spell of seam bowling to take 2-44 as England closed on 171-3 – a lead of two runs in the second innings. 

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The first Test between New Zealand and England starting March 22 will be played under lights – following Eden Park's successful application for resource consent from the Auckland Council.

Tentatively scheduled to be the first Day-Night Test played in New Zealand, the fixture today received the blessing of an independent panel of commissioners, and now looms as one of the highlights of the BLACKCAPS’ 2017-18 home summer.

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Windies batsmen Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope spoke to members of the media after the second day of the second Test match against England at Headingley. They scored superb centuries to put Windies in a strong position at 329-5 – a first innings lead of 71 – after they dismissed England for 258 on the opening day.

Brathwaite made 134 – his sixth Test century, second against England and first in England. The 24-year-old faced 249 balls and hit 17 fours a two sixes – the second over long-on which brought up the century.

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The future of Australian netball shone bright in the Samsung Diamonds’ Netball Quad Series opener, defeating England 54 to 50 at Brisbane Entertainment Centre. 23-year-old Courtney Bruce became the 172nd athlete to represent Australia, earning her first call up at goal keeper in the home side’s starting seven. 

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SA Schools coach Lance Sendin attributed his team’s 52-22 defeat against England at City Park Stadium in Cape Town on Saturday to missed opportunities and lapses in concentration on defence. The defeat left the team winless in the U19 International Series.

Errors at crucial times, missed tackles and the inability to capitalise on their point-scoring chances - which let the team down in their matches against Wales and France - continued to haunt the SA Schools team, despite a call by Sendin on Friday for a vastly improved showing from his charges.

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