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Australia have beaten Bangladesh by seven wickets with 15 balls to spare in a dead rubber in Dhaka today in the penultimate match of the ICC World Twenty20 Group Stages.

George Bailey lost the toss and was sent into the field with Bangladesh posting 153 runs for the loss of five wickets in their 20 overs. Nathan Coulter-Nile was the best of the Aussie bowlers picking up two wickets. Former Bangladesh skipper and star allrounder Shakib Al Hasan finally found his scoring touch in this match and smashed a crisp 66 from 52 balls to set Bangladesh on their way. Shakib shared in a 112 run stand for the third wicket with current skipper Mushfiqur Rahim, who made 47 from 36.

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David Warner took the attack to the South African pace bowlers for the first two sessions of play and then Michael Clarke made his first substantial batting contribution of the series to give Australia the best possible start to the third Sunfoil Test match at Sahara Park Newlands on Saturday.

By the close the Australians had amassed a total of 331/3 off the 88 overs that were possible as their run rate hovered around the four to the over mark throughout the day with Clarke (92 off 181 balls, 9 fours) and Steve Smith (50 off 92 balls, 6 fours and a six) having added an unbroken 114 for the fourth wicket to add to the successive partnerships of 65, 73 and 79 for the three previous wickets.

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Australia opening batsman David Warner has once again incurred the wrath of the ICC, and has been fined 15% of his match fee after pleading guilty to a charge of making inappropriate comments about South African superstar AB de Villiers ahead of the third and final Test which starts in Cape Town on Saturday.

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The raw pace of Australian quick Mitchell Johnson proved too much for England to handle for the second test match in a row as Australia took a giant leap towards regaining the Ashes by decimating England in their first innings in Adelaide. Figures of 7-40 from Johnson tell the tale of another England batting collapse with only three men making their way into double figures as England capitulated for 172, conceding a first innings lead of nearly 400 runs.

Australia chose not to impose the follow on, presumably because they had already got a lot of mileage out of their fast bowlers at a warm Adelaide Oval, and hoped to be even quicker in their dissection of England in the second innings when the pitch should deteriorate a tad more. The hosts hence came out to bat 398 runs to the good already and pushed that advantage to 530 with David Warner smashing his way to an unbeaten half century.

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Australia romped home to an impressive and thoroughly well deserved, albeit slightly unexpected, victory in the first test match of this Ashes series, which finished last Sunday at the Gabba in Brisbane. It was Australia's first win since the New Years' Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) in January earlier this year, and has set things up well for a series which was expected to be all England considering the dominance of the Poms on home turf in the English summer.

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The 381-run loss in Brisbane was by far the most glaring defeat England have encountered over the past couple of years since their impressive ascendency in the international test cricket rankings. For the English cricket team however, the talking point in the aftermath of the Brisbane test match has been Jonathan Trott's decision to withdraw from the tour of Australia and his subsequent decision to return home to England citing stress related illnesses. Trott's departure has seen him receive an upheaval of support from current and former team-mates and opposition players alike, as also from cricket administrators and from fans of the sport through platforms like Twitter. Trott's announcement has impacted his team-mates on various levels, but with England trailing 0-1 in the series, it could serve as an important development in bringing the rest of the squad closer as a team.

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Australia will be looking to wrap up the first test at the Gabba with a day to spare when they come out to hunt down 8 English wickets on day 4 in Brisbane tomorrow. The hosts continued to dominate this first of five tests in this second Ashes series of the year, setting England an unlikely target of 561 to win the match.

Centuries from David Warner (124) and skipper Michael Clarke (113) formed the cornerstone of Australia's assault on the England bowlers today with the hosts declaring their innings closed at 401-7 after adding some quick runs right through the day. Australia then came out for a brief spell to attack the England top order and succeeded in picking up two early wickets to set themselves well on the way to victory.

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Australia has lost the fourth Ashes Test to England by 74 runs today in Durham, and now trail 3-0 in the series with one match to play. Australia dismissed England for 330 in their second innings, leaving a chase of 299 to win the match.

Things were going well when the tourists were 149-1 on the back of a 109 run opening partnership between Chris Rogers 49 and David Warner. However, the tide turned quickly with Australia losing 9-75 to be all out for 224 despite Warner top scoring with a fine counter attacking 71 against the moving ball in touch conditions. Stuart Broad took 6-50 in a devastating spell that tore through the visitors in a man-of-the-match performance.

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