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Bangladesh announce squad for first Test against New Zealand

Young paceman Taskin Ahmed has broken into the squad for the first Test against New Zealand while Mushfiqur Rahim made a return from injury for Bangladesh. Another pacer Rubel Hossain was also picked for the first Test.

Taskin is a regular in the limited-overs lineup. But taking injury risks into account, the selectors had kept him away from five-day cricket until now. Hints at the 21-year-old's call-up in Tests against New Zealand had come earlier.

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Rohit Sharma targeting Australia Test series for return

Immediately after the cricket teams for the upcoming One-Day International (ODI) and T20 series against England were announced on Friday, prolific batsman Rohit Sharma said he was eyeing next month's four-match Test rubber against Australia, to stage a comeback.

Setting at rest speculation about his immediate return to the national team for the limited overs series against England starting January 15, Rohit said he was yet to gain full fitness after his thigh surgery.

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Australia chasing 9 wickets on final day to complete clean sweep

Pakistan need 410 more runs to win after reaching 55-1 in their second innings on the fourth day of the third and final Test against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Thursday. Australia has previously declared their second innings closed at 241-2 on the penultimate day after deciding not to enforce the follow-on.

Azhar Ali (11) and nightwatchman Yasir Shah (3) were at the crease when umpires ended the day's play.

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Abbott, Rossouw choose Hampshire over South Africa

Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced today that the national contracts of Kyle Abbott and Rilee Rossouw have been terminated by mutual agreement with immediate effect. This follows the recent confirmation by Abbott and Rossouw that they have committed to take up a Kolpak contract at the start of the forthcoming England season.

Neither player will henceforth be considered for any future national selection.

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Pakistan veteran Younis Khan sets amazing new record

Veteran Pakistan batsman Younis Khan on Thursday became the first player in Test cricket to score centuries in 11 countries that have hosted the longest format of the game. He has scored centuries in 10 countries and one at United Arab Emirates (UAE), which is currently Pakistan's home venue for international matches. Opponent countries refuse to play in Pakistan owing to security reasons.

The 39-year-old slammed his 34th century on the third day of the third Test match against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).

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