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South Africa hoping to set New Zealand a stiff target

South Africa will need to be strategic in their approach as they map out the way to a possible victory on the final day of the first Test match against New Zealand in Dunedin on Sunday. Heavy rain has been forecast for most of the day on Sunday, but all three results remain possible if the weather stays clear at the University Oval.

The match has been an intriguing battle between the teams, a gripping contest which has see-sawed from one side to the other. Proteas batting coach, Neil McKenzie, says the team is hoping to set up a situation which allows them to dictate their terms in the match.

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Sri Lanka trounce Bangladesh by 259 runs in first Test

Sri Lanka defeated Bangladesh by 259 runs in the first Test match at the Galle International Stadium on Saturday. Spinner Ragana Herath picked up 6 for 59 as Bangladesh were 197 all out in the chase of an improbable 457-run target to help the home side go 1-0 up in the two-match series.

Resuming on 67 for no loss and needing 390 more runs for victory on the final day, Bangladesh lost overnight batsman Soumya Sarkar to the second ball of the morning and couldn't recover after that. Soumya got a leading edge off the first ball from Asela Gunaratne. It landed safely. However, the next ball clipped the bails of his off stump to dismiss the left-hander on his overnight score of 53.

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Pat Cummins replaces Mitchell Starc in Australian Test squad

Cricket Australia’s National Selection Panel has today confirmed that New South Wales paceman Patrick Cummins will replace Mitchell Starc on the Qantas Tour of India, after Starc was forced out of the series with a stress fracture to his foot.

Speaking on the decision, National Selector Trevor Hohns said, “It’s unfortunate to lose Mitch out of the squad in India. In selecting Pat, we were looking for a strike bowling replacement option.”

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Dunedin Test finely poised heading into final day

Half-centuries from Dean Elgar and Faf du Plessis allowed South Africa to grind themselves into a position of nominal control on the fourth day of the first Test against New Zealand at the University Oval.

The pair were forced to battle in frigid conditions on a wearing wicket that made run-scoring extremely difficult, and their 80-run stand for the fourth wicket helped South Africa close the day on 224 for six, giving them a lead of 191 runs. 

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Cricket Australia’s National Selection Panel confirmed

The Board of Cricket Australia has today confirmed that Trevor Hohns, Greg Chappell and Mark Waugh have all been appointed to the National Selection Panel.

The Board has also approved changes to the structure that are designed to increase direct accountability across the different formats and ensure that the national talent management system is more effectively integrated into the selection function.

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