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Khawaja seals test spot with Twenty20 ton MELBOURNE: Usman Khawaja proved his fitness with an unbeaten century in the domestic Twenty20 Big Bash League at the weekend to secure his place in the Australia team for the second test against West Indies.Australia coach Darren Lehmann had said the top order batsman's place in the team for the Melbourne test, which starts on Saturday, was assured if he could prove he had recovered from a left hamstring strain. Despite having missed Sydney Thunder's first outing of the season because of the injury, Khawaja scored a match-winning 109 off 70 balls and looked sharp in the field in a convincing runout at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday."I'm really happy with the way it felt to be honest," Khawaja said in a televised interview after the one-run victory over the Melbourne Stars."The test was when I went back out on the field and how it felt backing up ...

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Finn strengthens England test credentials with four-wicket haul PIETERMARITZBURG: Steven Finn bowled himself into contention for a return to England's lineup after taking four wickets on Sunday on the opening day of the last warmup game before they begin the test series against South Africa on Boxing Day. Finn was only drafted into the squad last week, but underlined his credentials against South Africa A by taking four wickets for 34 runs at the City Oval. England bowled out their opponents for 136 ...

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Smith a steady hand at start of Australia rebuild MELBOURNE: A year on from taking the reins from an injured Michael Clarke, Australia captain Steve Smith has passed most of the tests presented in leading a team in the throes of transition.While Smith's formal coronation followed Australia's stinging Ashes defeat in England, his first taste of the captaincy came during last year's home series against India, a baptism of fire for the nation's youngest skipper in 35 years.With Australia still rocked by the death ...

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West Indies coach laments stingy tour match in Australia MELBOURNE: West Indies coach Phil Simmons has lamented a lack of match practice for his embattled team ahead of the second test against Australia.The Caribbeans, trailing 1-0 in the three-match series after being trounced in the series opener in Hobart, were given only a two-day tour match in the leadup to the traditional Boxing Day test in Melbourne despite having 13 days to fill.The match against Victoria XI, played in scorching hot conditions in the ...

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Dhoni to lead India in World T20 at home NEW DELHI: India named Mahendra Singh Dhoni as their limited-overs captain for next year's World Twenty20 at home while also throwing a lifeline for batsman Yuvraj Singh's international career by including him in the shortest format for the Australia tour.India lost the one-day international and twenty20 series against South Africa at home under Dhoni, who retired from tests during the Australia tour last year, paving the way for Virat Kohli to take over as captain ...

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Chameera's blitz puts Sri Lanka on top HAMILTON: Sri Lanka fought their way back into the second Test against New Zealand with a destructive burst by young quick Dushmantha Chameera on day two in Hamilton on Saturday.Chameera took his first five-wicket bag as New Zealand slumped from 81 without loss in reply to Sri Lanka's first innings score of 292 to be 232-9 at stumps. Doug Bracewell was not out 30 after a ninth-wicket stand of 31 with Neil Wagner (17) who ...

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Guptill, Latham carve into Sri Lanka's 292 HAMILTON: New Zealand made a comfortable start in their reply to Sri Lanka's 292 and were 61-0 at lunch on day two of the second cricket Test in Hamilton on Saturday.Martin Guptill was 39 not out with Tom Latham on 21 as the openers posted their third consecutive half-century stand in the series. Guptill brought up their 50 partnership by clubbing Angelo Mathews over the rope for six.Mathews, with his medium pacers, had shared the ...