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Evans puts Australia Under 19s in command after Day 2

Australia Under 19s are in a dominant position heading at stumps on day two of their three-day match against Sri Lanka Under 19s in Hobart.

Despite losing three hours of play to rain, the Australians restricted Sri Lanka to 9-149 when stumps was called due to bad light at Kingston Twin Ovals, in reply to Australia’s 6-309 declared. 

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Australia Under 19s dominate Day 1 against Sri Lanka

Centuries to all-rounders Jack Edwards and Jonathan Merlo have put Australia Under 19s in a dominant position after day one of their three-day match against Sri Lanka Under 19s in Hobart.

New South Wales product Edwards, 16, and Victorian product Merlo, 18, combined for a 182-run stand in the series opener, after the Australians had been 4-112. 

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Pakistani legend Younis Khan announces his retirement plans

Two days after his skipper Misbah-ul-Haq announced his retirement from international cricket, veteran Pakistan batsman Younis Khan on Saturday also decided to bring the curtains down to his glorious 17-year career after the upcoming three-Test rubber against the West Indies, starting later this month.

"People are calling me and asking me not to make any announcement to leave but now is the time," the 39-year-old Younis was quoted as saying. 

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Stephen O’Keefe in the dock for alcohol induced comments

Australian and NSW Blues spinner Stephen O’Keefe has been sanctioned by Cricket Australia for a Level 2 offence under Cricket Australia’s Code of Conduct, after being involved in an incident at a Cricket NSW function where he made highly inappropriate comments whilst under the influence of alcohol.

O’Keefe was charged with a breach of Article 2.2.11 of the Code - conduct unbecoming of a representative. As this is O’Keefe’s second offence under the Cricket Australia Code of Conduct, within the last 18 months, a fine of $20,000 was proposed and accepted. O’Keefe will also undergo further appropriate counselling. Given he accepted the proposed sanction and charge, no hearing was required.

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De Kock, Rahul on the rise in ICC Test Rankings

South Africa’s wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock, India’s pair of KL Rahul and Umesh Yadav, and New Zealand opener Jeet Raval have achieved career-high rankings in the latest MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings which were released on Wednesday following the conclusion of the Dharamsala and Hamilton Tests.

De Kock, who scored a gutsy 90 in the first innings to lift South Africa from 148 for five to 314 all out, has climbed four places to sixth and has consequently become South Africa’s highest-ranked batsman, ahead of Hashim Amla (10th), AB de Villiers (12th) and Faf du Plessis (18th).

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