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South Africa cruise to massive innings win to take series 2-0

 

Dale Steyn turned in a man-of-the-match performance as South Africa completed a crushing innings and 193 run victory over New Zealand to secure a 2-0 series win on the fourth day of the second Sunfoil Series Test at Axxess St. George’s in Port Elizabeth on Monday.

Paceman Steyn captured three for 48 as New Zealand were bowled out for 211 in their second innings, 30 minutes before lunch. Steyn’s second innings efforts meant that he finished with match figures of eight for 65 as New Zealand succumbed to their second innings defeat to South Africa in as many Tests.

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Clarke, Warner return as Aussies shuffle pack for 3rd and 4th ODI against Sri Lanka

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The Cricket Australia (CA) National Selection Panel (NSP) has today announced a 12-player squad for the third and fourth Commonwealth Bank Series matches against Sri Lanka on 18 January at the Gabba and 20 January at the SCG.

Commenting on the squad, National Selector John Inverarity said: “Changes to the squad that played the first two matches of the Series are the return of Michael Clarke, David Warner and Matthew Wade, after having a break. Moises Henriques also comes into the squad as a genuine all-rounder whose bowling will be suited to conditions often found at the Gabba.

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New Zealand fight to live another day in 2nd Test

A resolute and unbroken fifth wicket partnership of 73 between Dean Brownlie (44*) and BJ Watling (41*) helped New Zealand reach 157-4 in their follow-on innings and avoid the ignominy of back-to-back three-day losses in the second Test match at Axess St.George’s on Sunday.

The Black Caps were spared the embarrassment of being dismissed for less than 100 by an unlikely tenth wicket stand of 59 which took them from 62-9 to 121 all out in the first innings but Graeme Smith had no doubt about enforcing the follow-on.

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Thirimanne ton helps Sri Lanka level the series in Adelaide

After having lost the opening match of the series by a massive 107 runs in Melbourne, Sri Lanka came back strongly in the second ODI at Adelaide to register an equally comprehensive 8 wicket win to level the 5-match series at 1-1. Putting Australia in after winning the toss, Sri Lanka routed the Aussie top order, making the most of the overcast conditions to reduce their hosts to 83-6. A battling half-century from Brad Haddin helped Australia post 170. Sri Lanka lost Upul Tharanga early in their chase, but a second wicket partnership between Lahiru Thirimanne and Tillakaratne Dilshan worth 137 took them within sniffing distance of victory. Thirimanne went on to notch up his maiden international century to steer his side to victory with nearly 10 overs to spare.

Angelo Mathews took the new ball for Sri Lanka alongwith Nuwan Kulasekara, and troubled the Aussie openers right away. Mathews picked up the wicket of Aaron Finch caught in the covers for 4 to set the visitors on their way. A few overs later Kulasekara removed Sri Lanka's chief tormentor this summer, Phil Hughes for 3, trapping him leg before. Australia crawled to 21-2 in the mandatory powerplay.

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Rookie Davis does the trick as CCC score big win

In a match of bowling-bests, rookie left-arm spinner Derone Davis topped pacer Tino Best as Combined Campuses and Colleges stunned Barbados on an action-packed Friday night at Queen’s Park Oval.

Davis took an amazing hat-trick – with the first three balls of the Barbados innings – the first time this was done in Caribbean T20. His returns of 4-2-5-4 earned him the Man-of-the-Match award as CCC defended a modest 111-8 to beat their more heralded opponents by 12 runs.

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New Zealand routed again by South Africa, slump to 47-6 on Day 2 of 2nd Test

An astonishing day of runs and wickets from the South Africa left New Zealand in tatters at the end of the second day of the second Test match at Axxess St.George’s on Saturday as the tourists closed on 47-6 in reply to South Africa’s huge total of 525-8 declared.

Faf du Plessis and Dean Elgar added centuries to the one Hashim Amla made on day one before Dale Steyn, Rory Kleinveldt and Robin Peterson claimed a pair of wickets each to set up the possibility of a second successive three-day victory for the home side.

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Injured Starc ruled out of 2nd ODI against Sri Lanka

Cricket Australia (CA) advises that Mitchell Starc has been withdrawn from the squad for the second Commonwealth Bank ODI in Adelaide due to mild calf soreness.

Cricket Australia Physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said: “Mitchell Starc had some mild right calf soreness after the match at the MCG last night. Whilst we are not majorly concerned about it, we have withdrawn him from the game on Sunday as a precaution.

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