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Australia reduces the gap with third-ranked India to just fraction of a point

India and Australia have moved in opposite directions in the ICC Test Championship table after the conclusion of their four-Test series in Adelaide on Saturday. India, which had entered the series in second place on 118 ratings points, has fallen to 111 ratings points while fourth-ranked Australia has boosted its standing in the Championship table after gaining eight ratings points which has put it alongside India on 111 ratings points..

However, Mahendra Singh Dhoni's side is still ranked above Michael Clarke's men by a fraction of a point. When the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point, India has 111.10 ratings points while Australia is on 110.80 ratings points.

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Australia perform last rites in Adelaide to complete 4-0 whitewash

The final day of the test series, followed a familiar trend as the final four Indian wickets fell within the first hour of play to cap off what was another disappointing series away from home for the Indians. The final nail in 4-0 coffin was set up brilliantly on the back of 2 splendid double hundreds in the first innings from Ponting (221) and Clarke (210) that saw the Australians post a mammoth 604. The bowlers did brilliantly once again on what were probably the best batting conditions in the series to bowl out India twice below 300 on the back of a 5 wicket haul from Mr. Consistent Peter Siddle in the first innings and a 4 wicket haul from local boy Nathan Lyon in the second, thus ensuring that the famed Indian batting line up didn't get away at any stage. India were thrashed yet again by a massive margin of 298 runs, outclassed by the rampant Aussies in all departments of the game, that saw them lose their 8th test match in a row, away from home.

The Australians, needing just 4 wickets on the final day of the series to accomplish a well deserved 4-0 whitewash of the Indian team down under, finished things off in style needing just 14.2 overs on the day to complete the inevitable.

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England on top in Abu Dhabi Test as Pakistan fail to make home field advantage count

The No.1 test team in the world, England, took the bull by the horns on the third day of the second test in Abu Dhabi and ended the day in control of the match as they took 4 top order Pakistani wickets after having an established a handy 70 run lead in the first innings earlier in the day. England made 327 in their 1st Innings before taking 4 early Pakistani wickets within the deficit and got right on top in the match.

Two young Pakistan batsmen, Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq then pulled things back for their team by putting on a dogged and determined 71 unbeaten run at stumps, to make things interesting for the remaining 2 days.

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DRS – Decision Review System or Dud Revelation System:

If we just look back at cricket for the past two years or even a little more; the most important debate that has been doing the rounds has centered around the imposition of technology in place of the human element existing with pertinence to the on-field umpires. There have been multiple schools of thoughts that have ridden on their carts during this period, but it can be safely assumed that none of these have actually gone on to reach their destination.

From the camera positioning theory to the pitch condition theory, the Vaseline theory and the player credit diminishing theory; all have been unsuccessful journeys. Considering the way things are at this moment with regards to this volatile issue, there is very little reason to suggest that it could end in success. With different theories hitching rides on different routes, clarity is blurred leading to unconstructive output.

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India all but out at 166/6 in 2nd Innings at Adelaide

sehwag_fallsAustralia closed in on a 4-0 series whitewash on Friday by winning yet another day of test cricket in this series as the touring Indians succumbed once again to their hosts' unerring discipline. Australia wasted little time today, batting a session and a bit to set India a target of 500 to win the fourth test. A quick fire 62 from Virender Sehwag was the only highlight on Day 4 for the Indians as they collapsed to 166/6 at the close of play. Nathan Lyon had his best day of the series on a friendly pitch, picking up 3 wickets, while Ryan Harris pitched in with 2 more. 

The Australians, in the lead by 382 runs going into day 4 of the test match, began the day solidly with Ponting and Clarke in control of the Indian attack once again. The pair notched up yet another 50+ stand to take Australia's lead close to 450 in the first session. They played very sensibly, looking for the ones and twos early before both Clarke and Ponting opened their shoulders and picked up the pace. Ponting slashed outside his off stump and scored runs in the vacant third man region while Clarke was onto the spinner Ashwin, using his feet regularly to get to the pitch of the ball and loft him over the infield.

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