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ICC thrilled with quality of Decision Review System

International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive David Richardson on Thursday backed the Decision Review System (DRS), contending that decision-making in the current year has improved to 98.5 percent. He also acknowledged that the global cricket body is also trying to include the sport at the Olympics.

"I am very proud of the elite panel of match officials and our targets for correct decision making this year currently stands at 94 percent rising to 98.5 percent after DRS," Richardson was quoted as saying by icc-cricket.com on Thursday.

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Hardik Pandya hopes to use practice game as launchpad for Indian Test spot

Ahead of the three-day practice cricket match against Australia at the Brabourne Stadium from Friday, India A skipper Hardik Pandya on Thursday said he is trying out a few new tricks to earn his maiden Test cap.

Hardik said he is ready to wait for his turn in Test cricket and left it to India skipper Virat Kohli and coach Anil Kumble to decide whenever he is ready to represent India in whites.

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India A vs Australia: Three day Match Preview

Ahead of the four-match cricket Test series against top-ranked India later this month, Australia will aim to try and sort out their combination when they take on India A in a three-day practice match, starting at the Brabourne Stadium here from Friday.

The Steve Smith-led visitors, who have four frontline spinners in their squad - Nathan Lyon, Steve O'Keefe, Ashton Agar and Matthew Renshaw - besides all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, will focus mainly on getting their slow bowling combination in place before the taxing series.

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David Warner: "We need to take early wickets upfront"

Star opener David Warner asserted on Wednesday that the Australian bowlers will have to be at the top of their game if the visitors are to emerge triumphant during their upcoming Test series against India.

With the wickets in the sub-continent known to favour spinners, Warner felt that the Australian tweakers will have to take on most of the load.

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Glenn Maxwell talks up Australia's admiration for Virat Kohli

All-rounder Glenn Maxwell on Wednesday suggested that the best way to tackle the onslaught from India skipper Virat Kohli during the four-match Test cricket rubber will be to "trigger a doubt" in the Delhi batsman's technique.

28-year-old Kohli has hit a purple patch, becoming the only batsman in the game to score double tons in four consecutive series, giving sleepless nights to the Australians ahead of the first Test, starting February 23 in Pune.

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