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Kuhn and Amla brave out rain-affected opening day

Heino Kuhn and Hashim Amla braved out a challenging opening day of the Standard Bank Proteas’ three-day tour match against the England Lions at New Road in Worcester on Thursday. The Proteas were 58/1 at stumps after persistent rain curtailed the day to 20 overs.

Kuhn (30 not out ) and Amla (16 not out) negotiated a testing new ball to put on 46 runs for the second wicket after the early dismissal of captain, Dean Elgar, for five.  

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Ravi Shastri once again applies for the role of India's Head Coach

Former India skipper Ravi Shastri has reportedly decided to throw his hat into the ring as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) hunts for the next India head coach following the controversial exit of leg-spin legend Anil Kumble.

Shastri had previously worked as India team director between 2014 and 2016 and guided the team to the semi-finals of the 50-over World Cup in 2015 and the ICC World T20 the following year.

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Heino Kuhn’s patience pays off

South African opening batsman, Heino Kuhn, plans to keep the same mindset and approach that has brought him success in the upcoming four-match Test series against England starting next week. Kuhn’s debut Test call-up comes on the back of two successful seasons for the Multiply Titans and more recently for South Africa ‘A’ against the England Lions, where he finished as the standout performer in a disappointing series.

Kuhn is under no illusion of the challenges of opening in the UK, but hopes the experience of 133 first-class caps – with an impressive average of 44.71- will be an advantage he can use towards further success. He has waited a long time for the call-up, but in the process has scored nearly 10 000 runs with a high-score of 244 not out, establishing himself as a franchise veteran.

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Kuhn and Phehlukwayo named in South African Test Squad

Cricket South Africa today named Multiply Titans opening batsman, Heino Kuhn, and Hollywoodbets Dolphins all-rounder, Andile Phehlukwayo, as uncapped players in the Proteas Test squad for the four-match Test Series against England, starting next month.

They take the places of Stephen Cook and Wayne Parnell respectively from the squad that played the last series against New Zealand. Dane Piedt also drops out as the selectors have only named one specialist spinner in Keshav Maharaj.

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Afghanistan, Ireland given Test playing status

The number of Test-playing nations rose to a round dozen after the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday inducted Afghanistan and Ireland as Full Members following a unanimous vote.

The development comes 17 years after Bangladesh were accorded Test status, and following both the Afghanistan and Ireland boards applying to the ICC to have their status upgraded from Associates.

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