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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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Australians caught cheating in Cape Town, find themselves in the eye of cricketing storm

Having been caught on Television tampering with the ball, Australian batsman Cameron Bancroft admitted his role in Australia's attempt to cheat during the third day's play of Test match against South Africa, with skipper Steve Smith also accepting that the team was deliberately doing so in the match in an attempt to gain an advantage.

Bancroft was spotted by television cameras and was subsequently called up for a discussion midway during today's Third Test clash with South Africa by onfield Umpires Nigel Llong and Richard Illingworth.

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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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