World T20 gives one-off clash a focus

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August 31, 2015 Start time 3.00pm local (1400GMT)

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Coroner to hold inquest into Hughes’ death

An inquest will be held into the death of Phillip Hughes © Getty Images

The New South Wales coroner will hold an inquest into the death of Phillip Hughes, who was struck on the neck by a delivery during a Sheffield Shield match at the SCG last November.

The Sydney Morning Herald has reported that the New South Wales Crown Solicitor’s Office has started subpoenaing documents relating to the death of Hughes. A date for the inquest has not yet been set.

Cricket Australia had already commissioned a review into the events that occurred on November 25 last year, when Hughes was struck by the bouncer and taken to St Vincent’s Hospital, where he died two days later.

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Axar fifty pushes India A lead past 150

India A 417 for 8 (Mukund 72, Rayudu 71, Axar 69*, Piedt 5-191) lead South Africa A 260 by 157 runs Scorecard

Axar Patel equalled his highest first-class score of 69 © PTI

Axar Patel’s unbeaten half-century helped India A stretch their lead past 150 in the second unofficial Test against South Africa in Wayanad where only 22 overs were possible on the third day because of rain.

Resuming on 342 for 6, the hosts lost Ankush Bains in the third over of the day. Bains, who added only a run to his overnight score of 34, was dismissed by seamer Hardus Viljoen. India A were dealt another blow an over later when offspinner Dane Piedt bowled Jayant Yadav to register his 12th five-wicket haul in first-class cricket.

At 348 for 8, the visitors must have fancied restricting India A’s lead to under 100 runs, but Axar and Karn Sharma had other ideas. They put on an unbroken partnership of 69 runs even as Axar, who went to stumps on 69 off 93 balls, including 10 fours and two sixes, completed his fifth first-class half-century and equalled his highest score. Karn was unbeaten on 19.

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Farrell stars as Australia reclaim Ashes

Australia 107 for 7 (Shrubsole 2-9) beat England 87 (Farrell 3-17) by 20 runsScorecard

Rene Farrell claimed 3 for 17 to help Australia wrap up victory and reclaim the Ashes © Getty Images

Australia secured their first Women’s Ashes victory in England in 14 years with a ruthless bowling display in the second T20 in Hove.

In a low-scoring match – only seven players reached double figures and the highest individual score was Lydia Greenway’s 26 – England imploded as they chased what had seemed a comfortable 108 for victory and when Greenway was caught at deep midwicket off the excellent bowling of Rene Farrell in the final over they were still 20 runs shy of Australia’s tally.

Victory put Australia 10-4 up on points, with only one T20 to play, and ended England’s faint hope of coming from behind to draw the series and hang on to the Ashes.

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Axar’s 6-6-0-4 routs SA A by an innings

India A 417 for 8 dec (Mukund 72, Rayudu 71, Axar 69*, Piedt 5-191) beat South Africa A 260 (van Zyl 96, Axar 5-92) and 76 (Axar 4-0) by an innings and 81 runs Scorecard

Axar Patel followed up his unbeaten 69 with a four-for to dismantle South Africa A © PTI

Left-arm spinner Axar Patel took four wickets without conceding a run in six overs on the fourth day in Wayanad, spinning South Africa A out for 76 in 31.4 overs and securing victory for India A by an innings and 81 runs.

Axar’s spell of 6-6-0-4 gave him match figures of 9 for 92, to go with his 69 in India A’s innings.

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‘A good workout for us’ – Smith

Australia’s captain Steven Smith has expressed disappointment at his team’s middle-order slump against Ireland but said the side would be better for the hit-out ahead of their ODI series against England. In Smith’s first match as full-time one-day captain, Australia won by 23 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis system in a rain-affected contest reduced to a 24-over chase.

Debutant Joe Burns (69) and David Warner (84) put on 139 for the opening wicket but the rest of the batting order struggled to find the same rhythm. Smith scored 21 off 38 balls, George Bailey and Glenn Maxwell managed only single-figure scores, and Australia reached 222 for 6 before rain ended their innings prematurely after 40.2 overs.

However, their total was big enough against an Ireland outfit that relied largely on an 86-run partnership between Ed Joyce and Niall O’Brien for the third wicket. The revised target became 181 from 24 overs due to the rain, and Ireland were bowled out for 157 in the final over of their chase.

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