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Masakadza’s fifty saves Zimbabwe’s blushes in warm-up game

Hamilton Masakadza spared Zimbabwe’s blushes on Wednesday with a well-crafted fifty as the tourists struggled to cope with unfamiliar settings on the opening day of their three-day warm-up match against the South Africa Invitation XI at Boland Park in Paarl.

Playing under lights and using the pink ball for the first time, Zimbabwe folded for 196, with Masakadza’s knock of 79 – which came off 181 deliveries and included nine boundaries and a single maximum – being the only noteworthy performance of the innings.

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Rance replaces injured Milne in New Zealand squad

Seth Rance has been brought into the BLACKCAPS squad to replace Adam Milne, who has been ruled out with a foot injury. Milne felt discomfort in his left foot while landing to bowl and has been ruled out of the remainder of the G.J Gardner Homes ODI and Twenty20 series against West Indies. He will continue to be evaulated.

“Adam has a great work ethic and puts a lot into his fitness, so I certainly feel for him with this injury,” said BLACKCAPS Selector Gavin Larsen. “It’s a long summer and there’s a lot of cricket left for Adam to play, so we’ll work with him to get him back to full fitness.

“Seth comes into the squad off the back of consistently strong domestic performances. We were already looking at Seth for the upcoming Twenty20 series, so this just brings him into the squad slightly earlier than anticipated.

Satterthwaite named ICC Women’s ODI Player of the Year

For the second year in a row, a WHITE FERN has taken out the ICC Women’s ODI Player of the Year award.

Canterbury Magicians batswoman Amy Satterthwaite has been recognised for her outstanding 2016-17 season by winning the top One Day prize, one year on from Captain Suzie Bates claiming the award. 

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Ellyse Perry, Beth Mooney cap off stellar year with ICC Awards

Australian cricketers Ellyse Perry and Beth Mooney have been recognized for their outstanding performances across the last 12 months in the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) annual awards.

Perry, 27, has been awarded the inaugural Rachael Heyhoe Flint Award for Cricketer of the Year. The award has been re-named in memory of the late Rachael Heyhoe Flint, former England captain and one of the pioneers of women’s cricket.

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Zimbabwe get chance to assess game plan for South Africa Test

Zimbabwe will face a strong South African Invitation XI, including Dale Steyn and Temba Bavuma, in a three-day warm-up match that gets underway on Wednesday at Boland Park in Paarl.

The practice match, a day-night affair, will give Zimbabwe the opportunity to assess their game plan for the historic four-day Test match against South Africa scheduled to start on Boxing Day in Port Elizabeth.

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Super Steve Smith scales new heights in ICC Test Rankings

Top-ranked Steve Smith’s phenomenal run has lifted him to new heights in the ICC Test Player Rankings as he has moved closer towards Don Bradman’s highest-ever ranking points after a match-winning double-century in the third Test against England in Perth.

The Australia captain’s innings of 239, which helped his team regain the Ashes by taking an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series, has seen him reach a tally of 945 points to take joint second position in the all-time list along with Len Hutton. Smith had reached 941 points after the first Test in Adelaide before dropping briefly to 938 after the Brisbane Test.

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AB, Dale and Vernon back in Proteas Test squad

AB De Villiers and Dale Steyn make their long-awaited return to the Standard Bank Proteas Test squad for the day/night Test match against Zimbabwe to be played at St. George’s Park, Port Elizabeth, from December 26 to 29.

De Villiers’ last Test was against England at SuperSport Park during January 2016 while Steyn has been recovering from a serious shoulder injury suffered against Australia at Perth just over a year ago.

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