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Steyn taunts Aussies over 'lollygate', asks Proteas to eye 3-0

Updated: Nov 19, 2016 12:48 IST

Melbourne [Australia] Nov. 19 (ANI): In the wake of the ' lollygate' incident which has spiced up a rather dull Australian summer, South African pace spearhead Dale Steyn has bowled a sour bouncer at the opposition, saying the Steve Smith led-side, which has already lost the three-match Test series, is now blaming the "lollipop" for the same.

"Beaten with the bat. Beaten with the ball. Beaten in the field. Mentally stronger. Here's a idea, Let's blame it on a lollipop (sic)," Steyn tweeted.

Heaping fuel on the fire he then added the "#soft'', news.com.au reported.

"Just so we clear, I'm not blaming the aussies, but I won't let a fantastic series win be tarnished by some lollipop fabrication. 3-0 mission," the Proteas pacer added.

Earlier, stand-in skipper Faf du Plessis was charged with ball tampering by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after he allegedly applied a mint-infused saliva to the ball during the fourth day's play of the second Test against Australia, which concluded in Hobart on Tuesday.

The 32-year-old was found to have breached Article 2.2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct, which relates to "changing the condition of the ball".

"The alleged incident happened on Tuesday morning when TV footage appeared to show du Plessis applying saliva and residue from a mint or sweet, an artificial substance, to the ball in an attempt to change its condition," the ICC said in a statement.

Du Plessis has pleaded not guilty and is now seeking legal advice to further contest the charge. The matter will now be heard by Andy Pycroft of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees, but a date for the hearing is yet to be decided.

All level 2 breaches carry an imposition of a fine between 50 percent to 100 percent of the applicable match fee and/or up to two suspension points, and three or four demerit points. Two suspension points equates to one Test match.

Earlier, the ICC had confirmed that they were reviewing the video footage showing du Plessis chewing a white lolly in his mouth, licking his finger on the mint before repeatedly shining and rubbing the ball. (ANI)

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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New Delhi, [India] Feb. 26 (ANI): With day three of competition, China maintained its domination at all the rifle and pistol events held so far at the ongoing International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup (rifle/pistol/shotgun) here.

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