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South Africa win series after rain washes out final day's play

Rain was the winner on the final day of the Standard Bank Proteas’ international season as an abandoned final day of the third Test against New Zealand meant they finished with a draw at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Wednesday.

The result also ensured South Africa won the series 1-0 thanks to their eight-wicket win in the second Test in Wellington, while it ended a dream summer – they won every series – in second place on the ICC rankings, having started it in seventh back in August last year.

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Virat Kohli: "This is our best series win so far"

Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who acknowledged Steve Smith's men as his friends before the start of the four-Test series, on Tuesday said the things have changed completely.

Many Australian players, including Smith, were involved in the verbal volleys with Indian team members on the field and as a result Kohli declared that the Australians were no longer his friends.

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Simon Katich: "It was a fantastic cricket series"

Former Australia opener and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) assistant coach Simon Katich on Tuesday said that regardless of what happened between India and Australia off the field in the just-concluded bilateral Test series, the cricket on display over four matches will be what the ties will be remembered for.

India won the four-match series 2-1 with their eight-wicket triumph in Dharamsala being the final frontier. But verbal duels between both camps took the attention off the field somewhat with home skipper Virat Kohli going on to say that "Australian cricketers are no longer friends".

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Steve Smith: "I'm proud of my performances in this series"

Australian skipper Steve Smith, who has shown his class in the Test series against India, on Tuesday said he wanted to lead from the front on the Indian tour. Smith played a gritty 111-run knock in the first innings of the fourth and final Test match but failed in the second innings.

"I guess I'm proud of my performances in this series. I set myself really high standards. I wanted to lead from the front with my performances in this series," Smith told media persons.

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Ravi Ashwin receives Garfield Sobers Trophy

India's spinning allrounder Ravichandran Ashwin on Tuesday received the Garfield Sobers Trophy for the ICC Cricketer of the Year 2016 as well as the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year 2016 from former India captains and ICC Cricket Hall of Famers Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar.

During the voting period, which ran from September 14, 2015, to September 20, 2016, the 30-year-old from Chennai played eight Tests in which he took 48 wickets and scored 336 runs. Ashwin also claimed 27 wickets in 19 T20Is.

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