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Australia skipper Steve Smith receives ICC Test Championship mace

Updated: Jul 25, 2016 18:37 IST

Pallekele (Sri Lanka), July 25 (ANI): Australia captain Steve Smith on Monday received the ICC Test Championship mace and USD 1 million in prize money for leading his side to the number-one ranking on the Test Team rankings on the annual 1 April cut-off date.

ICC chief executive David Richardson made the presentations to Smith in Pallekele, who captained Australia to 10 Test victories over the 12-month period.

"The mace is a symbol of excellence and recognition of a side's outstanding achievement in the toughest format of the sport. Australia's winning performances have been exceptional and they thoroughly deserve to be awarded the mace." said Richardson.

"These are exciting times for Test cricket as the top four ranked countries are involved in high profile series across three different continents showcasing the very best this format of the sport has to offer. I am sure the incentive of achieving the number-one ranking will further motivate them, bringing out the best in the players," added Richardson.

Smith paid tribute to his side, saying: "It is a huge honour to be the number-one ranked Test side in the world and the credit should go to all the work the players and support staff have put in over the last 12 months.

"I am really proud of our young team and what we have accomplished so far but there is still more we would like to achieve.

"We now need to put in consistent performances, both at home and away, to continue to be successful and keep the number-one ranking.

"Winning away from home has often been a challenge for us, especially in sub-continental conditions, but this is something we are looking to change in this upcoming series against Sri Lanka," concluded Smith, who won the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for the ICC Cricketer of the Year in 2015.

Competition for the number-one ranking on the ICC Test Team Rankings this year remains extremely tight as only 10 points separate the top four sides. Second-ranked India, third-ranked Pakistan and fourth-ranked England have a chance to move into the number-one position, depending how West Indies-India, England-Pakistan and Sri Lanka-Australia series pans out. (ANI)

Gunaratne, Dickwella named in SL Test squad

Updated: Feb 28, 2017 23:05 IST

Colombo [Sri Lanka], Feb. 28 (ANI): Sri Lankan Batsmen Asela Gunaratne and Niroshan Dickwella have been named in the country's Test squad for the two-match Test series against Bangladesh which would be played at Galle beginning on March 7.

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PSL to become first T20 league to use DRS

Updated: Feb 28, 2017 18:30 IST

Karachi [Pakistan], Feb.28 (ANI): Pakistan Super League (PSL) Chairman Najam Sethi has revealed that the PSL is all set to use the Decision Review System (DRS) in its playoff matches, thus becoming the first T20 league in the history of cricket to use technology.

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New Delhi [India], Feb.28 (ANI): The Indian Senior National Team will be camping in Mumbai prior to their crucial Group A match against Myanmar in the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers UAE 2019.

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ICC rates Pune pitch as `poor`

Updated: Feb 28, 2017 17:08 IST

Dubai [UAE], Feb.28 (ANI): The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday announced that Chris Broad of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees, who was the match referee for the opening Test between India and Australia in Pune, has rated the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium pitch as "poor."

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New Delhi [India], Feb. 28 (ANI): Indian wrestler Babita Phogat on Tuesday came out in defence of her recent tweet on the ongoing controversy over Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur, who alleged rape threats over her social media campaign against ABVP, saying that she found nothing wrong in the latter's video except the view that her father was killed by war and not by Pakistan.

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Johannesburg [South Africa], Feb.28 (ANI): England swashbuckling opener Alex Hales is all set to join the national side after sufficiently recovering from a hand fracture he sustained during the ODI series in India last month.

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New Delhi [India], Feb.28 (ANI): Ace shooter Jitu Rai clinched India's third medal in the ongoing International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup when he won bronze in the 10-metre Air pistol event here at Karni Singh Shooting Range on Tuesday.

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Karachi [Pakistan], Feb.28 (ANI): Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi, who recently announced his retirement from international cricket, has expressed desire to play his farewell match in Lahore.

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Colombo [Sri Lanka], Feb.28 (ANI): Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath will lead the Sri Lanka Test squad in the two-match home series against Bangladesh beginning March 7 in Galle.

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Leicester [U.K], Feb.28 (ANI): Jamie Vardy netted two goals as Leicester City registered a comfortable 3-1 win over Liverpool in their Premier League clash at the King Power Stadium here on Tuesday.

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Islamabad [Pakistan], Feb. 27 (ANI): The final match in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) T20 series will be held in Lahore as scheduled, confirmed Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah on Monday.

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New Delhi [India], Feb.27 (ANI): Indian shooter Ankur Mittal missed gold by a whisker as he had to settle for the silver medal in the final round of the men's double trap here at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup.

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Tsonga surges back into ATP top 10

Updated: Feb 27, 2017 18:12 IST

Johannesburg [South Africa], Feb.27 (ANI): French tennis player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga surged back to the world's top 10 in the latest men's tennis rankings issued by the ATP on Monday.

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Canberra [Australia], Feb.27 (ANI): Former Australian paceman Jason Gillespie has admitted that Australia would be tempted to recall Glenn Maxwell for the second Test against India despite a massive victory in Pune, which he describes as `one of their best ever overseas`.

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New Delhi [India], Feb.27 (ANI): Ace Indian shooters Heena Sidhu and Jitu Rai on Monday clinched the gold medal in the 10m Air Pistol mixed team event here at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup.

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Shakib keen to play in Pakistan once again

Updated: Feb 27, 2017 13:40 IST

Karachi [Pakistan], Feb.27 (ANI): Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who is currently representing Peshawar Zalmi in the ongoing second edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), has expressed his desire to play again in Pakistan once things get better.

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Villarreal [Spain], Feb.27 (ANI): Despite being two goals down in the second-half, Real Madrid bounced back in style to register an enthralling 3-2 win over Villarreal and move back to the top of La Liga here on Monday.

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London [U.K], Feb.27 (ANI): Zlatan Ibrahimovic struck two goals, including a winner with three minutes remaining, as Manchester United sealed a thrilling 3-2 victory over Southampton to lift EFL Cup here at the Wembley Stadium last evening.

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Chandigarh [India], Feb.27 (ANI): Moritz Fuerste led from the front as Kalinga Lancers hammered Dabang Mumbai 4-1 to clinch their maiden Hockey India League (HIL) title here at the Chandigarh Hockey Stadium last evening.

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