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India vs Australia: 4th Test Preview

With the picturesque Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium (HPCA) geared up to host its first ever Test and the four-match series between India and Australia locked at 1-1, a lot will be at stake when the two top-ranked sides face each other in the decider, starting here from Saturday.

After three engrossing and intense matches on varied surfaces in Pune, Bengaluru and Ranchi, all eyes will be on the Dharamsala Test where a win for the home side will help them regain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy since 2014-15 while the visitors have a chance to retain it and more importantly cement the second spot in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test rankings ahead of the cut-off date of April 1.

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New Zealand vs South Africa: 3rd Test Preview

South Africa are motivated to finish a successful season with a win in the third Test match against New Zealand starting at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Saturday. The Proteas have been boosted by the fitness of wicket-keeper batsman, Quinton de Kock, who passed a late fitness test on Friday after sustaining an injury to his right index finger.

Proteas captain, Faf du Plessis, says victory will be another tick on a growing list of achievements this season, with series wins against New Zealand at home, Australia away and Sri Lanka at home in the bag. The Proteas have the T20 International and One-Day series trophies in the cabinet for this tour, and have set their aim on the treble against the hosts.

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Boult, Southee both ruled out of Hamilton Test, Kuggeleijn called up

New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult has been ruled out of the third ANZ Test against South Africa in Hamilton after failing to recover fully from his groin injury.

Boult felt pain in the groin region during the first ANZ Test in Dunedin, forcing him to miss the following match in Wellington. New Zealand Selector Gavin Larsen said that while Boult has worked hard to make himself available, it was clear he needed further recovery  time before getting back on the park.

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Vernon Philander returns to happy hunting ground in Hamilton

South African seamer Vernon Philander returns to a happy hunting ground for the third Test match against New Zealand at Seddon Park in Hamilton. Philander claimed a career-best return of 6/44 and match figures of 10/114 in the nine-wicket win in 2012 – and was also supported by Dale Steyn who took 5/80 - a clinical performance which reinforced his arrival on the international stage on his first away tour with the Proteas.

This was only his sixth match for South Africa, but it set the platform which led to him becoming the second-fastest player to reach 50 Test wickets after only seven Test matches in that series.

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Rohit Sharma & Kedar Jadhav ruled out of Deodhar Trophy 2017

The All India Senior Selection Committee have named replacements for Rohit Sharma and Kedar Jadhav who have been ruled out of the Prof D B Deodhar Trophy 2017 due to an injury.

Rohit suffered a minor knee injury and has been advised rest by the BCCI medical team while Kedar Jadhav has been rested due to stomach related ailment.

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