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South Africa dominate opening day of First Test against Bangladesh

Aiden Markram has focused on the positives rather than the disappointment of missing out on a Test century on debut, after a dominant opening day of the first Sunfoil Test match against Bangladesh in Potchefstroom on Thursday. The 22-year-old came three runs short of becoming the seventh South African to score a hundred on debut, but was involved in a mix-up which led to his run-out on 97 and the end to a fairy tale start to international cricket.

“ I’m more than happy to take it,” he said of his innings at stumps, with South Africa on 298/1. “ Had you asked me if I would take 97 last night I would have taken it with open arms, I’m more than happy with the 97. 

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Von Berg takes four as Bangladesh draw warm-up match

Shaun von Berg claimed four wickets to hamper Bangladesh on the final day of their three-day tour match that ended in a draw against a South Africa Invitation XI in Benoni on Saturday. The leg-spinner claimed four for 77 as the visitors reached 235/9 at Sahara Park Willowmoore.

Sabbir Rahman followed his first-innings 58 not out with another half century after he top-scored with 67 (98 balls, 8 fours), while Imrul Kayes hit an attacking 51 (54 balls, 7 fours, 1 six). 

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Aiden Markram to make his Proteas debut in Bangladesh Test Series

Aiden Markram will make his debut for the Proteas in the first Sunfoil Test match against Bangladesh to be played at Senwes Park, Potchefstroom, from September 28 to October 2. The 22-year-old Multiply Titans opening batsman was a member of the Test squad during the England tour without playing a match and has also captained the South Africa A four-day squad.

The other uncapped player in the squad is all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo. Phehlukwayo was also part of the tour group to England. 

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South African XI keep Bangladesh bowlers at bay in 3-day game

A solid batting display by the South Africa Invitation XI forced Bangladesh into a difficult second day of their three-day tour match at Sahara Park Willowmoore in Benoni on Friday.

Zubayr Hamza (60 off 101 balls, 10 fours), Matthew Christensen (53 off 123 balls, 6 fours) and Shaun von Berg (62 not out off 110 balls, 8 fours, 1 six) all hit half-centuries for the home side as they amassed 306 for seven declared, seven runs shy of the visitors’ day one total of 313 for eight declared. 

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Former Aussie cricketer Bob Holland loses his battle with cancer

Cricket Australia had paid tribute to former Australian cricketer Bob Holland OAM, who has died aged 70 after a battle with cancer. Holland played 11 Tests and 2 One-Day Internationals for Australia, remarkably making his Test debut at the age of 38.

The leg-spinner enjoyed a lengthy first-class career with New South Wales, and picked up 34 wickets at Test level, including two ten-wicket match hauls - one of those in a famous victory against a star-studded West Indies side at the SCG in 1984-85. 

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