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Steve Waugh stands up for Kohli against Australian media

A day after his successor Michael Clarke slammed the Australian media for "tarnishing" India skipper Virat Kohli's image, former Australia captain Steve Waugh on Thursday went one step ahead in complimenting the Indian, saying he sees a bit of Ricky Ponting and himself in the way Kohli goes about his business.

"There's probably elements of Ricky (Ponting) and myself in his captaincy, but having said that he's his own man," Waugh was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.

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Pujara launches staunch defence of underfire Kohli

Ahead of the deciding fourth and final cricket Test against Australia, starting on Saturday, Indian middle order mainstay batsman Cheteshwar Pujara on Thursday said the mind games played by the Kangaroos won't work with the side led by Virat Kohli.

Hailing the 28-year-old Kohli as a "great leader", Pujara, who scored a magnificent double-hundred in the previous Test in Ranchi, said the team's sole focus is on the game and nothing else.

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Quinton de Kock to undergo late fitness test

Proteas wicket-keeper batsman, Quinton de Kock, will undergo a late fitness test on Friday to determine his availability for the third Test match against New Zealand starting in Hamilton on Saturday. De Kock injured his right index finger during the second Test in Wellington, with subsequent scans revealing an injury to the tendon.

Proteas team manager, Dr Mohammed Moosajee commented on the injury: “Quinton sustained an injury to his right index finger during the last Test match in Wellington. At the time, we had an x-ray done to exclude a fracture, and thankfully that was clear. However, he still complained of pain and discomfort in the finger so we had a scan done in Hamilton on Wednesday which revealed tendon damage to the last digit of the index finger. 

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Jadeja and Pujara get bumper pay-hike from BCCI

Test stars Ravindra Jadeja, Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay were on Wednesday rewarded with Grade A category of the BCCI annual contracts, the amount of which has been doubled to Rs two crore from this season while middle order batsman Suresh Raina failed to figure in the list.

The trio joins Virat Kohli, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ajinkya Rahane in the top category of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) contracts. Former skipper Dhoni has retained his place in Grade A despite retiring from Test cricket.

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Mitchell Starc believes India is running scared of the Aussies

Aussie pace spearhead Mitchell Starc, now nursing an injury back home, on Wednesday said India are afraid of defeat at the hands of Australia after the first Test debacle in Pune.

India and Australia have won a match each in the four-match series, with one to go in Dharamsala, scheduled to begin on Saturday. The series has not only witnessed some terrific performances but also some controversies. However, Australia have won over many fans and critics alike by performing way above the expectations.

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