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NZ v SL 2nd ODI
Mitchell McClenaghan. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Working hard to cement my spot in the team: Mitchell McClenaghan:

  • Talking about competition within the team for a pacer spot, Mitchell McCleanaghan spoke to the media about his efforts in cementing his spot in the playing XI.
  • “I’m really making a conscious effort to really push hard over this summer to really try and cement my spot. I really want to make sure I do everything right conditioning-wise and recovery-wise to make sure I stay on the park,” McClenaghan said, ahead of the third One-Day International (ODI) against Sri Lanka on Thursday.

Dilshan, Gunathilaka help Sri Lanka breeze past New Zealand:


  • Half-centuries from Dilshan, Thirimanne and Gunathilaka helped Sri Lanka chase a stiff target of 277. While Dilshan top-scored for the visitors with 91, Gunathilaka eventually bagged the man of the match for his breezy knock at the top. Earlier, the Black Caps had posted 276 thanks to a 59 from Kane Williamson and a few cameos downs the order.
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Tornado Travis help Strikers beat Sixers:

  • Brief Scores 
  • Sydney Sixers 5 for 176 in 20 overs (Haddin 54*, Cowan 43, Rashid 3-34)
  • Adelaide Strikers 5 for 182 in 19.3 overs (Head 101*, Dwarshuis 3-25)
  • Man of the match: Travis Head
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Smith, Ashwin topple leaders to finish the year at the top:

  • In a last minute shuffling before the end of the year, Steve Smith and R Ashwin finished at the top of Test batting and bowling charts, displacing Kane Williamson and Dale Steyn respectively. Ashwin is only the second bowler to topple Dale Steyn from the top in the past 6 years and became the first Indian bowler since Bishen Singh Bedi to hold the No 1 rankings with the ball.
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Virat Kohli bags Indian cricketer of the year award:

  • Virat Kohli received the Polly Umrigar award for the player of the year award from BCCI, for his excellent captaincy in the longer format. His captaincy exploits included a series victory in Sri Lanka after more than two decades, and streak-breaking series victory over the South Africans.
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Kieron Powell makes a move to Baseball:

  • Former Test opener Kieran Powell, who last played for the Windies in June 2014, is in Bradenton, Florida, preparing for a tryout day at the IMG Academy on January 13, in which he will showcase his batting and fielding skills in a bid to be signed by a Major League Baseball franchise.
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Quaid-e-Azam Trophy final to be under lights:

  •  The final, on January 3, 2016, of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy will be played under floodlights of National Stadium, Karachi – Pakistan’s premier first-class tournament.
  • The final was initially a day affair but was later changed into a day/night game following Cricket Australia’s request to Pakistan for their second day/night test match when Pakistan will travel to their country for a full series later in 2016.
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Bangladesh announces preliminary squad:

  • BCB has announced the preliminary T20 squad for the upcoming T20 season involving series against Zimbabwe, Asia Cup and finally the World T20. Some uncapped players include Abu Hider, Mosaddek Hossain, and Saqlain Sajib.

Caribbean Premier League to introduce Marquee player signings:

  • A few tweaks have been introduced for the 2016 edition of CPL. This includes the option of signing one ‘marquee’ player, increase in squad size from 16 to 17, reduction in number of players who can be retained, and additionally, the number of foreign players who can be fielded is increased from 4 to 5.

List of retained players released by IPL:

  • The window for the franchises to retain players for the VIVO Indian Premier League 2016 season closed at 1700 hrs IST today (December 31, 2015). A total of 101 cricketers including 37 overseas players have been retained by the VIVO IPL franchises.
  • The high-profile players who have not been retained by their respective franchises and will go under the hammer during the auctions are Yuvraj Singh, Ishant Sharma, Dale Steyn, Dinesh Karthik and Aaron Finch.
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61 players retained for Vivo IPL 2016:

  • The six IPL teams released as many as 61 players ahead of the IPL 2016 auction; the likes of Yuvraj Singh and Dinesh Karthik who were among the costliest players in the 2014 auction along with Ishant Sharma, Dale Steyn were released.
  • Overseas players like- Kevin Pietersen, Darren Sammy, Ravi Bopara, Ryan ten Doeschate will be out in the IPL 2016 auction.
  • RCB released the most number of players- 14, MI, KKR and DD released 10 players each. (Read more about the story)

‘I was expecting a couple of more chances’: Sehwag:

  • Speaking to Espncricinfo in an exclusive interview, Sehwag expressed his disappointment in the manner he was dropped from the team in 2013, and how he expected a couple of more chances.
  • “I hadn’t scored runs in two Tests against Australia,” Sehwag said. “So, I was thinking I would get a couple of more opportunities to perform well in the last two Tests [of the series] and then get dropped if I didn’t perform. If the selectors would have given me that option to play two more Tests and then retire.” he added.
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