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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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Titans win third straight RAM SLAM T20 Challenge

Chris Morris led a stellar bowling performance as the Multiply Titans stormed to a third successive RAM SLAM T20 Challenge title with a crushing seven-wicket win over the overawed Hollywoodbets Dolphins in the final at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Saturday night.

The Proteas all-rounder finished with four for 13 in 3.3 overs to help the hosts shoot out the visitors for a paltry 100 in 18.3 overs. 

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RAM SLAM T20 Challenge Final Preview: Titans vs Dolphins

Multiply Titans coach Mark Boucher believes the two best teams will line up in the RAM SLAM T20 Challenge final and is expecting a tough battle against the Hollywoodbets Dolphins at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Saturday.

The match will decide who takes the first Franchise prize on offer in 2017/18 with the star-studded hosts firm favourites for a third straight 20-over title.

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RAM SLAM T20 Challenge: Shamsi's four-for helps Titans book Final ticket

Tabraiz Shamsi’s best-ever RAM SLAM T20 Challenge figures helped the Multiply Titans book their ticket to this weekend’s final with an emphatic eight-wicket win over the Warriors at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Wednesday.

The Standard Bank Proteas spinner grabbed four for 32 as the hosts and defending champions dismissed the visitors for just 143 in 18.1 overs, before unbeaten half-centuries by Aiden Markram and AB de Villiers eased them to victory with a whole 4.4 overs to spare. 

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RAM SLAM T20 Challenge: Spinners flatten Titans as Dolphins secure home semi

Seven wickets by the spinners helped the Hollywoodbets Dolphins claim their biggest-ever RAM SLAM T20 Challenge victory and a home semi-final after they demolished reigning champions the Multiply Titans by 89 runs at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead in Durban on Sunday.

Proteas pair Imran Tahir (2/20) and Keshav Maharaj (2/18) took two wickets each, while Prenelan Subrayen (2/17) and Khaya Zondo (1/5) chipped in with three more as the hosts shot out a severely weakened visiting side for just 79 in 19.4 overs. 

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RAM SLAM T20 Challenge: Third win in three puts Warriors in semis

Colin Ingram starred with both bat and ball as the Warriors made it three wins from three to qualify for the RAM SLAM T20 Challenge semi-finals with an 18-run win over the WSB Cape Cobras at Buffalo Park in East London on Sunday.

The all-rounder first made 41 to help the hosts post a useful 168 for five and then took two for 18 in three overs which aided his team to restrict the visitors to 150 for six in reply. 

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