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Markram lays Proteas foundation before Australia hit back

Aiden Markram scored his second century of the series as he laid the perfect foundation for the Standard Bank Proteas as they started their quest to win their first home Test series victory against Australia since unity at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on Friday.

The Proteas momentum was, however, slightly set back when Australia fought back to take the wickets of Markram, Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers in the space of 52 runs.

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Jason Holder names skipper of Team of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier

Windies captain Jason Holder has been named as captain of the Team of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018, which was announced on Monday. Holder scored 219 runs and took 15 wickets in eight matches and inspired his side to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 as well as to the final of the qualifiers which Afghanistan won by seven wickets.

The side was selected by a jury of cricket experts, which included former Windies fast bowler Ian Bishop, ex-Zimbabwe fast bowler Pommie Mbangwa, Australia’s former World Cup winner Lisa Sthalekar (who is also the first woman cricketer to score 1,000 runs and take 100 wickets in ODIs) as well as Ian Callender (correspondent, Belfast Telegraph) and Liam Brickhill (correspondent, ICC Digital).

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Afghanistan too good for West Indies in Final of Cricket World Cup Qualifiers

Off-spinner Mujeeb Rahman upstaged Rashid Khan’s world record of fastest to 100 ODI wickets while opener Mohammad Shahzad produced a sparkling half-century as Afghanistan defeated the Windies by seven wickets to win the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018 at the Harare Sports Club on Sunday.

Mujeeb returned figures of 9.5-0-43-4, including three wickets in four balls of his last over, as the Windies were skittled out for 204 in 46.5 overs after electing to bat first. Shahzad stroked his second successive half-century, while hitting a 93-ball 84 with 11 fours and two sixes to steer his side home with 9.2 overs to spare.

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Morne Morkel bowls South Africa to 2-1 series lead

Morne Morkel came agonisingly close to his first ever 10-wicket haul as he spearheaded South Africa to their second successive four-day victory over Australia at PPC Newlands on Sunday.

He took 5/23, including two wickets off successive balls, to go with his 4/87 in the first innings to give him a career-best 9/110 in the match. It was the first time he had taken 9 wickets in a Test match. He was named Sunfoil Man of the Match.

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New Zealand complete 4-0 series sweep against West Indies

The West Indies Women's team have concluded their tour of New Zealand with a 7-wicket defeat in the 5th T20 International versus New Zealand White Ferns to lose the series 4-0 at Seddon Park in Hamilton.

For only the second time in seven matches, White Ferns Captain, Suzie Bates won the toss and sent the WINDIES women in to bat first on a hot and sunny day in Hamilton.

The defending ICC World T20 Champions had the perfect start when openers, Captain Stafanie Taylor and Hayley Matthews began smashing the ball around the Park, for the fastest opening runs of the WINDIES Women tour. 50 runs came in just 19 minutes from 30 deliveries.

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Tim Paine temporarily takes over Australian captaincy

Cricket Australia provided an update in light of events with the Australian Team in Cape Town, South Africa.

Cricket Australia CEO, James Sutherland said, “Following discussions with Steve Smith and David Warner they have agreed to stand down as Captain and Vice-Captain respectively for the remainder of this Test match. This Test match needs to proceed, and in the interim we will continue to investigate this matter with the urgency that it demands. As I said earlier today, Cricket Australia and Australian cricket fans expect certain standards of conduct from cricketers representing our country, and on this occasion these standards have not been met.

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Steve Smith suspended for instigating ball tampering

Australia captain Steve Smith has been handed a one-match suspension and fined 100% of his match fee following his admission yesterday that he was party to a decision to attempt to change the condition of the ball in order to gain an unfair advantage during the third day’s play in the Cape Town Test against South Africa.

ICC Chief Executive David Richardson laid the charge against Smith under Article 2.2.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel  which prohibits ‘all types of conduct of a serious nature that is contrary to the spirit of the game’. Smith accepted the charge and the proposed sanction of two suspension points which equates to a ban for the next Test match and which will see four demerit points added to his record.

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