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Aussies wary of Virat Kohli counter-punch

Darren Lehmann indicated earlier this month that Australia would need a bit of luck to combat Indian captain Virat Kohli’s career-best form in the four-Test series.

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India Calling: What it’s like to broadcast cricket in a country with a billion fans

As a sports broadcaster, very few things can surpass commentating cricket in India.

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It’s not always home advantage, is it Virat?

Malcolm Conn, post Ashes 2013 and prior to England landing in Australia for the second chapter of the back-to-back Anglo-Aussies series, made a comment on a home side’s propensity to doctor pitches.

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Allan Border owes Matt Renshaw an apology

You couldn’t meet three better blokes than Allan Border, Geoff Lawson and Gavin Robertson.

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Steve Smith’s astonishing India record revealed

Playing against India brings out the best in Steve Smith – to an unprecedented point for an Australian.

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India will rebound ferociously on flat pitches

In trying to undo Australia by serving up a rank turning pitch, the Indians only made it easier for the tourists. It is on a fairer, flatter surface that Australia would be more vulnerable, as we saw in Sri Lanka last year.

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Steve Smith’s best ever century: Lehmann

Steve Smith’s cricket career has featured 18 Test centuries and no shortage of highlights, but his performance in Pune topped them all according to a man who has closely watched the skipper’s rise and rise.

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India have DRS ‘shocker’ in loss to Australia

India’s new-found resolve to use the Decision Review System (DRS) backfired spectacularly in Pune.

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The Liebke Ratings: India vs Australia first Test

India is often described as the final frontier. In that respect, it is much like space in Star Trek.

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Australia embarrass India technically and mentally

The most remarkable aspect of Australia’s dominant win over India in the first Test yesterday is that their batsmen and spinners utilised better techniques for the spinning conditions than the home team.

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Australia must avoid repeating the nightmare of 2001

Sixteen years ago this week Australia was celebrating a massive victory in India.

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The weather was bleak yesterday, but Sydneysiders shone brightly

Yesterday was a great day for Sydney-based competitors. None more so than Steve O’Keefe, Steve Smith, and the mighty Winx.

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India buried in their own dustbowl as O’Keefe shines

There were talks of India winning the Border–Gavaskar Trophy 4-0 in India, triumphing in the first Test in Pune by a huge margin.

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Smith 1, Kohli 0 after first captain’s showdown

The showdown between skippers Steve Smith and Virat Kohli was billed as the battle that will all but decide Australia’s bid for a boilover in India.

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SOK it to me! Australia stun India to win in Pune

It has taken less than three days of play for Australia to record a Test win that, before the first ball, the world at large agreed was bordering on the impossible.

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Behrendorff takes 9-32 in Shield vs Victoria

Jason Behrendorff has made a stunning return from injury and delivered the fifth best Sheffield Shield bowling figures to skittle Victoria for 117 at the WACA Ground.

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Stephen O'Keefe

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Australia's Steve O'Keefe celebrates the dismissal of India's Ajinkya Rahane

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Australia's Pat Cummins

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Matt Renshaw celebrates century SCG

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Australian batsman Matt Renshaw

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Australian batsman Matt Renshaw

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Australian cricketer reacts after West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle hit a ball to boundary during the ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup's semi-final match between West Indies and Australia at the R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium in Colombo on October 5, 2012. West Indies captain Darren Sammy won the toss and elected to bat against Australia in the World Twenty20 semi-final in Colombo on Friday. AFP PHOTO/ LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI

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DRS: An Indian disaster in Pune

By John Erichsen, 28 Feb 2017
DRS: An Indian disaster in Pune

With the dust now settled from the incredible drama in Pune, much has been made of the performance of both sides.

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Peerless in Pune: Smith’s best knock yet

By Keagan Ryan, 28 Feb 2017
Peerless in Pune: Smith’s best knock yet

Steven Smith has 26 international 100s, an average over 60 and he’s already well on his way to becoming one of Australia’s all-time great cricketers. At 27 we have many more years of Smith to behold, but in the first Test against India he was as good as he has ever been.

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If India want a dustbowl, they must learn how to bat on it

Former Indian Test spinner Harbhajan Singh has revealed that he worked hard “to earn every single wicket” of his 103-test career, and on a dustbowl pitch, “you just need to bowl fast” and “bowl in the same spot”.

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Lyon still best spinner in the country

By Tim Vetter, 28 Feb 2017
Lyon still best spinner in the country

The Australian cricket team, media and fans have been up in arms over the last couple of days after comments from the Indian camp regarding Steve O’Keefe’s man-of-the-match 12-wicket haul in Pune.

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Pressure on India after Pune debacle

By Darshan Kawar, 28 Feb 2017
Pressure on India after Pune debacle

What a start to the series. Nobody even in their wildest dreams would have predicted such a result, that has left all cricket lovers in a shock.

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What we learnt from the Pune Test match

By Chicken or Beef?, 27 Feb 2017
What we learnt from the Pune Test match

Australia’s win in Pune wasn’t just incredible, it was illuminating. Here’s what we learnt from the match.

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India go down in a barrage of SOK and awe

By Drew Jones, 27 Feb 2017
India go down in a barrage of SOK and awe

Spin it however you like, Stephen O’Keefe was the hero in Pune. His match figures of 12/70, the best by an Aussie spinner in India.

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Australia spin a record on a beach in Pune

By Dylan Toune, 27 Feb 2017
Australia spin a record on a beach in Pune

8604 days. Or 23 years, six months and 19 days.

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Five reasons India fell to a huge loss against the Aussies

The odds were unequivocally in their favour. The last time that India had been defeated in a Test was 19 matches ago in Galle. On home soil, one had to go back more than four years and 20 games for their previous loss.

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Australia vs India: Six talking points from the first Test

Australia have not only surprised everyone by not being pummelled in the first Test match of the series – they actually won? And boy did they win big.

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The greatest bowel movements in sporting history

Matthew Renshaw covered himself, and the Australian dressing room toilets, in glory this week. A fine innings of 68 on debut in India was briefly interrupted by the undeniable call of nature.

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Australia romp India on French Open pitches

By Karlo Tychsen, 26 Feb 2017
Australia romp India on French Open pitches

So what can Australia make of the quite extraordinary outcome in Pune?

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Sorry AB, the good old days don’t age well

Allan Border hails from a time when men were men. Well, Queenslanders were men. Others could earn begrudging male status through feats of strength, or alcoholism.

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Kumble’s comments reflect India’s hubris

On day two of the first Test in Pune, Australia’s Steve O’Keefe ripped through the Indian batting line-up to roll them for 105 runs and collect himself figures of 6/35.

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India vs Australia Highlights: Cricket live scores, blog, 1st Test – Day 3

Match result: It has taken less than three days of play for Australia to record a Test win that, before the first ball, the world at large agreed was bordering on impossible.

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New Zealand vs South Africa: International cricket, 3rd ODI live scores

New Zealand will look to continue their run of form and take a series lead against South Africa who haven’t been playing poorly, but have been below their best. Join The Roar for live scores of the third ODI in Wellington from 12pm (AEDT).

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Steve Smith scores his second Ashes hundred

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Australia's Adam Zampa bowls

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Shaun Marsh reacts with brother Mitchell

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South Africa's Jacques Kallis, left, is caught out for 46 runs by Australia's Ed Cowan. AP Photo/Rick Rycroft

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Australian captain Steve Smith

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Stephen O'Keefe celebrates Australia

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Sam Heazlett gets a shot away in the Big Bash

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