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Markram sets Proteas on the way to healthy lead

Aiden Markram led the way as the Proteas had one of their most consistent days of the Sunfoil Test Series to stay well in front of Australia by the close of day three of the third Test match at PPC Newlands on Saturday.

The Proteas could claim to have had the better of all three sessions as they first needed just 17 balls to take the final Australian first innings wicket while 10 runs were added to the total before moving on to 65 for the loss of Dean Elgar’s wicket by lunch.

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Olivier, Morris added to Proteas Test squad

Cricket South Africa (CSA) have added fast bowler Duanne Olivier and all-rounder Chris Morris to the Standard Bank Proteas squad for the remaining two Sunfoil Test matches against Australia.

“Circumstances have forced us to name a large squad at this stage so that we can cover all possible options,” commented CSA National Selection Panel Convener Linda Zondi. “Once we have finalised our playing XI we will release players to their franchises for the final round of the Sunfoil Series.

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Healy century powers Australia to 3-0 series sweep

Australia has claimed a three nil series whitewash against India after defeating the hosts by 97-runs in the final One Day International in Baroda today, with Alyssa Healy (133) scoring a maiden ODI century.

Chasing Australia’s 7-332, India made a fast start reaching 0-101 before two wickets in as many balls to Ashleigh Gardner (3-40) halted the home side’s momentum.

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Rabada finishes off Australian resistance as Proteas square series

Kagiso Rabada set the tone for what turned out to be the final day’s play as he dismissed Mitchell Marsh with his sixth delivery to set the Standard Bank Proteas up for a series-levelling six-wicket victory over Australia at St. George’s Park on Monday.

Rabada went on to finish with 3 of the 5 wickets on the final morning as the Proteas were left to score 101 for victory.

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AB bats Proteas into first innings lead

AB de Villiers broke the control of the Australian bowlers to bat the Standard Bank Proteas into a first innings lead on the second day of the second Sunfoil Test match at St. George’s Park on Saturday.

The Proteas had struggled to take the initiative in spite of a good effort by the night watchman Kagiso Rabada who helped Dean Elgar add 45 for the second wicket and then the third wicket stand of 88 between Elgar and Hashim Amla.

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Gautam Gambhir named captain of Delhi Daredevils

The Delhi Daredevils on Wednesday announced that Gautam Gambhir has been appointed captain of the franchise for the 2018 Vivo IPL season.

DD Chief Executive Mr. Hemant Dua made the announcement about the appointment in the city while also launching the jersey for the season. Also present on the occasion was Gambhir himself along with his teammates Naman Ojha and Manjot Kalra.

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Australia wrap up First Test by 118 runs

Australia needed just 22 balls and 20 minutes of playing time to wrap up the first Sunfoil Test match against the Standard Bank Proteas at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on Monday morning. The winning margin was a conclusive 118 runs.

Quinton de Kock (83 off 149 balls, 11 fours) and Morne Morkel added 5 runs to the total before Josh Hazlewood dismissed De Kock lbw to back up Mitchell Starc (4/75 and a match return of 9/109) with figures of 3/61.

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