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Brathwaite, Hope stroke centuries as West Indies take first innings lead

Windies batsmen Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope spoke to members of the media after the second day of the second Test match against England at Headingley. They scored superb centuries to put Windies in a strong position at 329-5 – a first innings lead of 71 – after they dismissed England for 258 on the opening day.

Brathwaite made 134 – his sixth Test century, second against England and first in England. The 24-year-old faced 249 balls and hit 17 fours a two sixes – the second over long-on which brought up the century.

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Inaugural Australian Women’s National Performance Squad announced

Eight of Australia’s most promising female cricketers have been included in Cricket Australia’s inaugural 2017 Women’s National Performance Squad (NPS).

The squad will spend two weeks at the Bupa National Cricket Centre (NCC) in Brisbane under the watchful eye of former Australian representative Leah Poulton, who was appointed Cricket Australia High Performance Coach earlier this year.

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India A clinch second four-day match and draw series

Half-centuries by Ravikumar Samarth and Karun Nair saw them lead India A to a six-wicket victory against the Powerade South Africa A team on Day Four of the second and last Cricket South Africa (CSA) Four-Day series in Potchefstroom on Tuesday.

Opening batsman, Samarth hit a 90-ball 55 (six fours), while Nair hit 90 from 144 balls (13 fours) to get their side a comfortable win after chasing down the home side’s 224-run target. Other contributions with the bat came from Sudip Chatterjee (18 off 30), Shreyaz Iyer (15 off 18) and Ankit Bawne (32*) as the visitors stubbornly continued to pile on the runs after each wicket fell. 

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South Africa - India match evenly poised

Stephen Cook struck a second-consecutive half-century as the South Africa A team ended Day Three of the Cricket South Africa (CSA) Four-Day match against India A with a 184-run, second innings lead with six wickets in hand at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom on Monday. They are one-nil up in the two-match series.

It was a patience game by Cook who returned unbeaten for 55 off 162 balls (seven fours) as the home side posted 138/4 at the close. He and Andile Phehlukwayo (29*) put on 50 runs for the fifth wicket, after they had lost Aiden Markram (19), David Miller (18), Jason Smith (0) and Heinrich Klaasen (5) cheaply up front. 

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India A battle back against South Africa

Opening batsmen, Ravikumar Samarth and Sudip Chatterjee shared a 106-run partnership, giving India ‘A’ a solid foundation in response to the South Africa A team’s 322-run, first innings total on Day Two of the second and last four-day match in Potchefstroom on Sunday.

Samarth and Chatterjee scored 77 and 46 runs respectively, with Shreyas Iyer adding an unbeaten 74-ball 56, leaving the visitors on 181/3 at stumps and the match on an even keel. 

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