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Klaasen and Mulder named in Proteas Test squad

Cricket South Africa (CSA) today named Multiply Titans wicketkeeper/batsman Heinrich Klaasen and bizhub Highveld Lions all-rounder Wiaan Mulder as new caps in the Standard Bank Proteas squad for the first two Sunfoil Test matches against Australia to be played next month.

They take the places of Andile Phehlukwayo and Chris Morris from the squad that played against India.

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Cricket mourns the passing of former New Zealand Captain Bevan Congdon

Bevan Condon, who’s batsmanship and captaincy helped put New Zealand on the world cricket map in the 1970s, has passed away in Auckland following a long illness.

The man who captained New Zealand to its maiden Test win over Australia, at Christchurch in 1974, died one day short of his 80th birthday, and on the fortieth anniversary of the start of the Test which brought New Zealand’s maiden win over England – in which he featured.

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Karen Rolton, Ricky Ponting and Norm O’Neill inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame

Former Australian captains Ricky Ponting and Karen Rolton and celebrated batsman Norm O’Neill will be inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame (ACHoF) at the 2018 Allan Border Medal in Melbourne on 12 February.

ACHoF chairman and Melbourne Cricket Club chairman of cricket, Peter King, today announced that O’Neill, Ponting, and Rolton were the selection committee’s choice for induction this year.

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India retain ICC Test Championship mce by winning third Test

India have retained the ICC Test Championship mace and have also won an award of $1million after their victory in the Johannesburg Test ensured that South Africa cannot move ahead of them in the ICC Test Team Rankings at the 3 April cut-off date, even if they go on to win all four Tests against Australia in March.

India had arrived in South Africa on 124 points, with South Africa 13 points behind on 111 points. However, Virat Kohli’s men will return on 121 points as opposed to South Africa’s 115 points, which will be good enough for them to keep possession of the prestigious ICC Test Championship mace for the second year in succession at the April cut-off.

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Defiant and bruised Elgar can't stop India victory

Dean Elgar became the first South African to carry his bat through a Test innings twice but it was not enough to stop India winning the final Sunfoil Freedom Test match at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium by 63 runs on Saturday.

Elgar had previously made 118 out of a total of 214 for the Standard Bank Proteas against England at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead in 2015 and today he finished unbeaten on 86 (240 balls, 9 fours and a six) as his team finished well short of their victory target of 241.

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