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Rabada bowls Proteas to series victory against Bangladesh

Kagiso Rabada completed his second five-wicket haul of the match and his third 10-wicket haul overall as the Standard Bank Proteas beat Bangladesh by an innings and 254 runs in the second Sunfoil Test match that finished in three days at the Mangaung Oval on Sunday.

It gave them a 2-0 series victory as they now prepare for the three-match Momentum ODI Series starting at the Diamond Oval on Sunday. 

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Kagiso Rabada jumps up third place in ICC Player Rankings

South Africa pace bowler Kagiso Rabada has gained two slots to reach a career-best third position among bowlers in the ICC Test Player Rankings after his player of the match performance against Bangladesh in Bloemfontein which helped complete a 2-0 win in the two-Test series.

Rabada grabbed five wickets in each innings for an enviable match haul of 10 for 63 that helped his side to an innings and 254 runs victory. He made a notable improvement in the latest rankings, which also take into account the second Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Dubai, which Sri Lanka won by 68 runs on Tuesday to clinch the series 2-0. 

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Australian Women’s Ashes ODI and Test squads announced

Australia’s Test squad will be reduced to 13 players following the three-day tour match against an ACT Invitational XI from 3-5 November, whilst a Twenty20 squad will be announced following the third ODI.

Speaking on the selection of the ODI and Test squads, National Selector Shawn Flegler said: “This was a really tough selection process for the Panel with some talented players missing out, but we’re confident we have selected a balanced side that has the potential to beat England and retain the Ashes.”

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South Africa take 426 run first innings lead against Bangladesh

It was the day for the senior Proteas players to make their mark as South Africa continued its domination of the second Sunfoil Test match against Bangladesh at the Mangaung Oval on Saturday.

By the close of day two the Proteas had taken a huge lead of 426 runs on the first innings to put Faf du Plessis in a position to enforce the follow on before the close of play.

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Du Plessis: "We want another dominant performance”

Proteas captain, Faf du Plessis, has called for ‘another dominant performance’  in the second Sunfoil Test match against Bangladesh starting at the Mangaung Oval on Friday. Du Plessis described the 333-run win in the first Test as ‘spotless’, and has urged his players for the same consistency to finish off the series on a high.

“We want another dominant performance,” Du Plessis said at his pre-match press conference in Bloemfontein on Thursday. “ If we are honest with ourselves, in conditions like this it is important that we do that against Bangladesh. Yes, on their day they can be dangerous but we need to keep pressure on them and restrict opportunities in the game where they can get on top of us. 

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