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Ranji Trophy Final Preview: Mumbai vs Gujarat

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Defending champions Mumbai are eyeing their record-stretching 42nd Ranji Trophy title when they face Gujarat in the summit clash at the Holkar Cricket Stadium on Tuesday.

Mumbai have won the premier domestic cricket competition 41 out of 45 appearances in the final. The last time they lost in the final was to Haryana in 1990-91. Mumbai are the overwhelming favourites for the trophy this time too as they have lost just twice in 61 matches against Gujarat, the last loss being in 1977-78.

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Usman Khawaja: "India is probably one of the greatest challenges"

Left-hand batsman Usman Khawaja will look to banish unpleasant memories of his most recent efforts in Asia when Australia travel to India to participate in a four-Test series. The 30-year-old endured a horror series in Sri Lanka last year, where Australia were humbled 0-3, resulting in Khawaja losing his place in the Test team after failing to reach 30 in four consecutive innings.

He was dismissed by the Sri Lankan spinners in worryingly similar fashion each time with the low point coming in the second Test at Galle where Khawaja was dismissed twice on the same day by off-spinner Dilruwan Perera. He now has set his sights on preparing to iron out his flaws before facing India.

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David Warner promises "fantastic preparation" for Indian Tour

Australia vice captain David Warner on Sunday said the team's batsmen need to stand up against India and will have "no excuses" when they head to India in February. He added Australia could take some heart from England's recent series against the No.1 Test side. The visitors would play four Tests in India, staring from February 23 in Pune.

The Aussies have won their past four Test matches, but will head to India next month having lost nine consecutive Tests in Asia. They will face an Indian side which has been unbeaten in their past 19 Tests at home and recently completed a 4-0 series win over England, including two victories by an innings.

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Hazlewood and Rabada reach career best Test Rankings

Pace bowlers Josh Hazlewood of Australia and Kagiso Rabada of South Africa have attained career-best rankings in the latest ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers after excellent efforts that helped their sides to convincing victories in the Sydney and Cape Town Tests.

Hazlewood has moved up two slots to third place with a match haul of seven for 94 in the Sydney Test, which Australia won by 220 runs on Saturday to complete a 3-0 whitewash over Pakistan.

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Hazlewood, O'Keefe bowl Australia to 3-0 series sweep

Australia defeated Pakistan by 220 runs to clinch the series 3-0 after the visitors were bowled out for 244 on the final day of the third Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Saturday.

Resuming at 55/1, Pakistan started the proceedings on a poor note as overnight batsman Azhar Ali (11) returned to the pavilion without contributing to the score. He was taken by Jose Hazlewood in the 17th over.

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