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Big time beckons for Mitchell Marsh on Indian Tour

National selector Mark Waugh has suggested that all-rounder Mitchell Marsh could open the bowling for Australia when they tour India to allow more spin options.

"You could play one quick and then play Mitchell Marsh as the opening bowler and slide someone (a spinner) in," Waugh was quoted as saying by Cricket Australia's website on Saturday.

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Parthiv Patel guides Gujarat to first ever Ranji Trophy title

Gujarat clinched their maiden Ranji Trophy title as they rode on captain Parthiv Patel's stupendous 143 to beat record champions Mumbai by five wickets on the final day at the Holkar Stadium on Saturday.

Chasing a challenging 312-run target, second time finalists Gujarat were in trouble at 89-3 but a 116-run stand between Parthiv and Manprit Juneja (54) helped them stay in a strong position on the fifth day of the 83rd Ranji Trophy final.

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Philander, Rabada put South Africa on top against Sri Lanka

Vernon Philander and Kagiso Rabada took two wickets apiece as the Standard Bank Proteas tightened their grip on the second day of the final Sunfoil Test match against Sri Lanka at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on Friday.

When bad light caused an early close the visitors had reached 80/4 in their first innings in reply to the Proteas total of 426 all out which appears to be a well above par total.

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Ranji Trophy Final: Gujarat close in on maiden title

Doughty challengers Gujarat - aiming for their maiden title - were on Friday set a 312-run winning target by record champions Mumbai in the 83rd Ranji Trophy cricket final.

After Gujarat dismissed Mumbai for 411 in their second innings, openers Priyank Kirit Panchal (34 not out) and Samit Gohel (8 not out) were at the crease when the umpires called it a day -- with the second-time finalists, at 47-0, requiring 265 runs to win the coveted title.

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Focused Amla scores memorable ton

Hashim Amla has credited his quiet focus in the build-up to his 100th Test match for South Africa as the motivation behind his 26th Test hundred in the third Sunfoil Test match against Sri Lanka at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on Thursday. Amla shied away from the fanfare and media hype ahead of the ceremonious occasion, and rather placed his attention on regaining some form after an unusually lean period.

The unbeaten century (125) could not have been more perfectly scripted to suit the occasion, and further highlighted Amla’s immense character and brilliance, given the pressures of the situation.

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