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Australia's Chris Lynn ruled out of ODI Series against England

Australian batsman Chris Lynn has been ruled out of the Gillette One-Day International Series against England with a calf injury. Lynn suffered the injury to his right calf fielding in the Brisbane Heat’s KFC Big Bash League match against the Perth Scorchers at The Gabba on 5 January.

It is expected the injury will sideline him for three to four weeks, with the earliest return to play likely to be the Heat’s KFC BBL match against The Melbourne Renegades at The Gabba on 27 January.

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ICC U-19 World Cup: Boshier, Watson star in New Zealand win over Zimbabwe

An all-round effort from captain Kaylum Boshier and Todd Watson has helped New Zealand’s U19 side to a 52-run win in their ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2018 warm-up against Zimbabwe at Hagley Park in Christchurch.

New Zealand batted first, with Boshier spending almost 40 overs in the middle, while Watson, who came in at No. 9, hit a quick-fire 50 to set Zimbabwe 221 for victory.

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Philander bowls South Africa to 1-0 series lead

Vernon Philander took the final three India second innings wickets in the space of four balls – the first with a sensational catch by Quinton de Kock standing up to the stumps – to snuff out any thought of a final twist in the tale of the first Sunfoil Test match at PPC Newlands on Monday to clinch a 72-run victory for the Proteas.

Prior to Philander’s triple strike there was just a chance that India might pull off an improbable win as Ravichandran Ashwin and Bhuvneshwar Kumar put together an eighth-wicket stand of 49 after India had collapsed to 82/7 in pursuit of a victory target of 208 which was only one run short of what they had managed in the first innings.

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Mavuta, Murray in Zimbabwe squad for Bangladesh tri-series

Zimbabwe have included the uncapped duo of Brandon Mavuta and Ryan Murray in their squad for the triangular series in Bangladesh, involving the hosts and Sri Lanka.

Apart from the two former Zimbabwe Under-19 stars, Blessing Muzarabani – who made his Test debut for Zimbabwe against South Africa on Boxing Day – is also in line to get his first one-day international cap after he was included in the 15-man squad.

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Makhaya Ntini steps down as Zimbabwe bowling coach

Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) today announced that Makhaya Ntini, the National Team Bowling Coach, had tendered his resignation from ZC, with immediate effect.

Since his appointment in February 2016, Makhaya has brought a wealth of experience and practical knowledge to ZC, and ZC and its players and coaching staff were fortunate to have had an opportunity to work closely with him during this period, and to learn from his many years of playing for Cricket South Africa at the highest level.

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Allround Pandya saves India's blushes on Day 2 in Newlands

AB de Villiers seized the moment on day one of the first Sunfoil Test match at PPC Newlands when he carved Bhuvneshwar Kumar for four boundaries in his fifth over at a stage when the seamer was threatening to run through the Standard Bank Proteas top-order.

On day two it was the turn of Hardik Pandya to do something similar when he launched a brilliant counter-attack starting with the three boundaries he took from an over from Vernon Philander whom most of his batting colleagues had found almost unplayable.

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Dale Steyn ruled out of rest of the First Test

Dale Steyn has been ruled out of bowling in the ongoing Sunfoil Test match against India due to a heel injury sustained on the second day of play at PPC Newlands on Saturday. The fast bowler landed awkwardly in footmarks while bowling shortly before the tea break, with subsequent scans confirming tissue damage to the foot.

A decision on Steyn’s availability to bat will be made in consultation with the medical committee as the match progresses.

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