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Simon Katich: "It was a fantastic cricket series"

Former Australia opener and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) assistant coach Simon Katich on Tuesday said that regardless of what happened between India and Australia off the field in the just-concluded bilateral Test series, the cricket on display over four matches will be what the ties will be remembered for.

India won the four-match series 2-1 with their eight-wicket triumph in Dharamsala being the final frontier. But verbal duels between both camps took the attention off the field somewhat with home skipper Virat Kohli going on to say that "Australian cricketers are no longer friends".

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Steve Smith: "I'm proud of my performances in this series"

Australian skipper Steve Smith, who has shown his class in the Test series against India, on Tuesday said he wanted to lead from the front on the Indian tour. Smith played a gritty 111-run knock in the first innings of the fourth and final Test match but failed in the second innings.

"I guess I'm proud of my performances in this series. I set myself really high standards. I wanted to lead from the front with my performances in this series," Smith told media persons.

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Ravi Ashwin receives Garfield Sobers Trophy

India's spinning allrounder Ravichandran Ashwin on Tuesday received the Garfield Sobers Trophy for the ICC Cricketer of the Year 2016 as well as the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year 2016 from former India captains and ICC Cricket Hall of Famers Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar.

During the voting period, which ran from September 14, 2015, to September 20, 2016, the 30-year-old from Chennai played eight Tests in which he took 48 wickets and scored 336 runs. Ashwin also claimed 27 wickets in 19 T20Is.

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Virat Kohli: "Ajinkya led the team really well"

Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who missed the fourth and final cricket Test match due to shoulder injury, heaped praises on the team, saying that the players showed much more character and maturity against Australia.

Kohli also pointed out the fact that the change in players' fitness regime paid them off.

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Proteas prepared to go out swinging at Hamilton

South Africa will need to draw from their blueprint of fight and courage to overcome the tough challenge to save the third Test match against New Zealand at Seddon Park in Hamilton. It has been done before; against Australia in Adelaide in 2012, and against India in Johannesburg in 2013, performances which have given assistant coach, Adrian Birrell, the belief and optimism of a repeat in history.

The Proteas will remain hopeful if captain, Faf du Plessis, remains at the crease. Du Plessis was at the forefront of both batting saves and together with Quinton de Kock -who is the Proteas’ most in-form batsman this series- hold the key of withstanding the 98 overs remaining in the match.

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