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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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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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