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  shares Glenn Maxwell flicks through midwicket © AFP Big Picture If the whole series had gone the way the fourth ODI panned out, Pakistan wouldn’t quite have minded, even if the scoreline had been the 4-0 it currently is in favour of Australia. For the first time in the series, the purpose of Pakistan
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3:00 AM ET Pakistan opt to bowl v Australia For the first time this series, the side that won the toss decided to bowl first. That side was Pakistan, led by Imad Wasim in the absence of the injured Shoaib Malik on a Dubai wicket where dew is expected to play a part after the
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3:34 AM ET Kevin Roberts, the Cricket Australia chief executive, has called for anyone with evidence of the national team tampering with the ball prior to the Newlands Test to come forward. Roberts also conceded that further revelations about the scandal 12 months ago would be damaging to the game. Speaking at the Melbourne Press
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12:52 AM ET Bruce Yardley, the former Australian spin bowler, coach and commentator, has died in far north Western Australia after a prolonged fight with cancer at the age of 71. Starting his cricketing life as one of many swing and seam bowlers in WA, Yardley found his niche after converting to off-breaks spun idiosyncratically
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3:00 AM ET Big Picture Following a meek, uninspired performance that saw Australia thump Pakistan in Sharjah – that could apply to either of the two ODIs, in all honesty – a seemingly throwaway comment from Shoaib Malik came in for sustained criticism. At the post-match presentation, Malik told Ramiz Raja that Pakistan were using
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10:16 PM ET Mark Taylor, the former Cricket Australia Board director, has admitted that a “grey area” remains about how long the national team was using illegal methods with which to alter the ball’s condition prior to the Newlands scandal that resulted in bans for Steven Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft. Former captain Smith,
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