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Steyn, Philander seek South African resurgence DURBAN: Fast bowling pair Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander will reunite as South Africa seek to start the long climb back up the rankings in the first Test against New Zealand in Durban on Friday.When Steyn and Philander last shared the new ball, in the first Test against India in Mohali last November, South Africa were the top-ranked side. Now they are a lowly seventh, two places behind New Zealand.Steyn strained a groin in the first innings of the Mohali match and did not bowl in the second innings.Since then he has played only one Test, against England in Durban last December, when he suffered a shoulder injury which ruled him out of the second innings.Philander had an ankle injury before the second Test in India and has missed South Africa's last seven Tests.At Kingsmead, Steyn and Philander are set to team up for the first time with Kagiso Rabada, ...

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Arthur concerns about Pakistan’s one-day form Pakistan’s one-day form is a ‘real concern’ to Pakistani head coach Mickey Arthur believes it could “take some time” to improve the team’s standing, as Pakistan’s position at number nine in one-day cricket.“We have not done well in ODIs. I think this is a real concern for me,” Arthur told AFP in London before the squad travelled to Ireland.“Pakistan’s position at number nine in one-day cricket is not good. Pakistan is not the number nine ...

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Jayawardene century sees Somerset into Cup semi-finals LONDON: Sri Lanka great Mahela Jayawardene's first hundred for Somerset saw the south-west side into the semi-finals of English county cricket's 50-over One-Day Cup as they beat Worcestershire by nine wickets on Wednesday.Somerset, playing in front of their Taunton home crowd, restricted Worcestershire to 210 with only England all-rounder Moeen Ali (81) and Daryl Mitchell (64) making significant scores.Both batsmen fell to Peter Trego, who took three for 33.Former Sri Lanka captain Jayawardene, who retired ...

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Pakistan begin World Cup bid against Ireland MALAHIDE: Pakistan launch their quest to make sure of an automatic qualifying spot at the 2019 World Cup in England when they face Ireland in two one-day internationals at Malahide, near Dublin, on Thursday and Saturday. The fixtures, Pakistan's lead in to a five-match ODI series against England, come with the 1992 world champions languishing in ninth place in the International Cricket Council's team rankings for the 50-over format.Hosts England and the seven highest-ranked sides ...

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Sri Lanka celebrates first Aussie whitewash COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's president and former cricket legends Wednesday hailed the country's first series whitewash against Australia after they registered an emphatic 163-run win in the final Test in Colombo.Veteran spinner Rangana Herath claimed seven wickets on Wednesday to bowl out Australia for 160 on a tense final day's play in the third Test at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC).Sri Lanka, who made Australia lose their Test crown to India, recorded their first series sweep ...

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Race for number one Test side on as India, Pakistan dethrone Australia COLOMBO: India has regained its title as the world’s number one Test team and Pakistan leapfrogged Australia to become number two after Aussies suffered a 3-0 series defeat against Sri Lanka Wednesday, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said.India, who had ceded the top slot to Steve Smith's side at the turn of the year, regained their crown thanks to their recent series victory over West Indies, which meant Australia had to win the final Test ...

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Latif not happy with Pakistan’s ODI squad Pakistan’s former wicket-keeper/captain Rashid Latif feels that it’s a good chance for youngsters to avail the opportunity and show their potential and skills, but also he added that team selection was not fair and squad is unbalanced.Chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq has announced a 15-man squad which consists of Azhar Ali (capt), Sharjeel Khan, Sami Aslam, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Umar Gul, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Yasir ...