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Cricket-Injured Jadeja replaced by Patel in India test squad

MUMBAI, Dec 22 - India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has been ruled out of the remaining two tests in Australia with a shoulder injury and will be replaced by uncapped left-arm spinner Akshar Patel, the country's cricket board (BCCI) said on Monday.

FACTBOX-Cricket-Australia v India, third test

Dec 22 - Factbox on the third test between Australia and India, which begins at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Friday: - - - - SERIES (All matches start at 0000 GMT) First test Adelaide Australia won by 48 runs Second test Brisbane Australia won by four wickets Third test Melbourne Dec 26-30 Fourth test Sydney Jan 6-10 - - - - AUSTRALIA World ranking: Second Captain: Steven Smith Coach: Darren Lehmann Squad: David Warner,

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PREVIEW-Cricket-Boxing Day test of India's resolve in Melbourne

MELBOURNE, Dec 22 - With all hope of a first series triumph in Australia gone after defeats in the first two tests, India need to draw on their reserves of pride and motivation to avoid a seventh straight test loss on Australian soil this week.

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Cricket-Malinga to return from injury during New Zealand ODIs

Dec 22 - Sri Lanka pace spearhead Lasith Malinga is recovering well from his ankle surgery and should be back in action during the later stages of the one-day international series in New Zealand next month, according to coach Marvan Atapattu.

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Cricket-Rossouw gets South Africa test call-up

CAPE TOWN, Dec 21 - South Africa have called left-handed batsman Rilee Rossouw into their squad for the remaining two tests against West Indies after wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock was ruled out through injury.

21 Dec 2014

Cricket-Afridi to retire from ODIs after World Cup

KARACHI, Dec 21 - Pakistan's experienced all-rounder Shahid Afridi has announced his retirement from one-day internationals after next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

21 Dec 2014

Cricket-Australia captain Smith fined for slow over rate

Dec 21 - Australia captain Steve Smith was fined 60 percent of his match fee for a slow over rate in his first test as skipper in a four-wicket victory in the second test against India in Brisbane.

21 Dec 2014

Cricket-No way back for Pietersen despite Cook sacking

Dec 21 - England cricket chiefs have moved quickly to make it clear that Alastair Cook's dismissal as one-day captain has not opened the door for a return to international cricket for batsman Kevin Pietersen.

21 Dec 2014

Cricket-West Indies add Deonarine to test squad in South Africa

PRETORIA, Dec 21 - Left-handed batsman Narsingh Deonarine has been added to the West Indies test squad for the final two matches in South Africa, the country's cricket board has announced.

21 Dec 2014

Cricket-Australia call up uncapped Burns for Boxing Day test

SYDNEY, Dec 21 - Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh has been ruled out of this week's third test against India in Melbourne with uncapped batsman Joe Burns coming into the 13-man squad to replace him.

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