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Mushfiqur’s record innings puts Bangladesh on top

DHAKA (AFP) – Mushfiqur Rahim became the first wicketkeeper-batsman in history to score two double hundreds in Tests as Bangladesh built a strong total in the second Test against Zimbabwe in Dhaka on Monday. Mushfiqur hit an unbeaten 219 to help Bangladesh declare their first innings at 522-7 an hour ...

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Finch warns faltering batsmen of shake-up for India ODIs

HOBART (AFP) – Australia s one-day batsmen are under mounting pressure to keep their places after a lacklustre series defeat to South Africa, captain Aaron Finch warned Monday, with a potential shake-up looming. While the hosts won in Adelaide to snap a seven-game losing streak, they crashed heavily in Perth ...

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Djokovic crushes Isner in ATP Finals opener

LONDON (AFP) – Novak Djokovic sent out a warning to his rivals at the ATP Finals on Monday, brushing aside big-serving John Isner 6-4, 6-3 to launch his bid for a record-equalling sixth ATP Finals title in style. Earlier, in the same Guga Kuerten group, Alexander Zverev made it six ...

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Cricket Australia chaos distracting players: Finch

ADELAIDE (AFP) – Disarray within Cricket Australia has distracted the Australian team, one-day skipper Aaron Finch said Thursday as he urged his players to keep their focus on the field. The embattled governing body has been under intense pressure after a scathing review said its “arrogant” culture contributed to players ...

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Khawaja confident of recovery for first India Test

SYDNEY (AFP) – Usman Khawaja s comeback from surgery on his knee is ahead of schedule with the opener Thursday confident of being ready for the first Test against India next month. The experienced left-hander, who hit a fighting hundred to help Australia scramble to a draw in the first ...

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Pakistan to break New Zealand jinx says Sarfraz

ABU DHABI (AFP) – Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed insists his team can end an 11-match losing run to New Zealand when the two sides meet in the first one-day international in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. Pakistan crushed New Zealand 3-0 in the preceding Twenty20 series on Sunday — their second ...

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Zimbabwe beat Bangladesh by 151 runs in first Test

(AFP) – Zimbabwe thumped Bangladesh by 151 runs in the northeastern city of Sylhet on Tuesday to claim their first Test win in five years. Debutant spinner Brendon Mavuta claimed 4-21 while Sikandar Raza grabbed 3-41 as the visitors bowled out Bangladesh for 169 in the second innings on the ...

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