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Jordan makes Sussex switch

Chris Jordan, the former Surrey allrounder, has signed a two-year contract with Sussex. Jordan was released by the London county, where he had been since the age of 17, at the end of the 2012 season after losing his place in the first team

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Warne and Murali meet in BBL opener

Muttiah Muralitharan could be forgiven for being a little vexed this Friday night. The Big Bash League begins with a cross-town battle between the Melbourne Renegades and the Melbourne Stars. Muralitharan will make his BBL debut for the Renegades, having been lured there by Brad Hodge and Andrew McDonald, whom he got to know during the IPL.

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Somerset post record profit for 2012

Somerset have continued to cement their reputation as one of the best run, and financially secure, counties after they announced a record profit of £409,000 up to September 2012, a marginal increase on the previous year. It is a considerable achievement by Somerset considering last season was one of the wettest on record with the weather impacting all counties. Somerset’s position was strengthened by their second-place finish in the County Championship as well as being able to stage a home quarter-final in the Friends Life t20.

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Compton in awe of Cook’s records

Nick Compton was happy to play a supporting role as Alastair Cook continued his remarkable from in the Test series against India. Compton, the 29-year-old playing his third Test, scored his maiden half-century at this level in helping Cook, who finished the day unbeaten on 136, post an opening partnership of 165 on the second day of the third Test in Kolkata. It was Cook’s 23rd Test century and his third in successive Tests this series

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West Indies back Gayle to find form

West Indies began reviving their ODI series against Bangladesh with a four-wicket win on Wednesday but they will be aware that, yet again, their main batsman went missing. Chris Gayle has made just 54 runs in the three ODIs so far but that could be bad news for Bangladesh, with the West Indies camp confident that he is just one big innings away from returning to form. “I think at some point in the next few days Gayle will get a big score, I’m sure he will,” West Indies’ assistant coach Toby Radford said.

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Ponting was fearless – Viv Richards

Viv Richards has hailed Ricky Ponting’s brashness and “show-no-fear” attitude as among his greatest traits, and Shane Warne has lauded Ponting’s habit of making runs when Australia most needed them. Ponting farewelled Test cricket with Australia’s loss to South Africa in Perth this week and on Thursday, Warne and Richards, in Melbourne in the lead-up to Friday night’s Big Bash League opener, reflected on Ponting’s 17-year Test career

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Quick Indian-visa process likely for Pakistan fans

Pakistan’s whistle stop two-week, five-match tour of India that starts on Christmas Day in Bangalore could be kicked off with the 3000 Pakistani ticket-holders for the series being issued Indian visas in less than ten days. The Pakistan tour of India, featuring two T20 Internationals in Bangalore and Ahmedabad, and three ODIs in Chennai, Kolkata and Delhi, has been pushed through via the highest levels of the government and cricket administration on both sides of the border

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McCullum takes over as New Zealand captain

Brendon McCullum has been appointed New Zealand’s captain in all three formats after Ross Taylor declined an offer to stay on as leader of the Test side in a split-captaincy scenario. Taylor has also chosen to make himself unavailable for the upcoming tour of South Africa, although New Zealand are hopeful he will be back in the side for the home series against England early next year

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New Zealand drop Kruger van Wyk

New Zealand’s change of captaincy has overshadowed a number of changes in their Test squad for the upcoming tour of South Africa, with the wicketkeeper Kruger van Wyk, the legspinner Todd Astle and the batsman Rob Nicol all left out after being part of the group that toured Sri Lanka. A 15-man squad has been named, with the other change the absence of Ross Taylor, who has decided to take a break from cricket following the captaincy drama

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Split leadership would be ‘confusing’ – Taylor

New Zealand’s outgoing captain, Ross Taylor, has said the coach Mike Hesson told him before the first Test against Sri Lanka that he did not want Taylor to lead the side after the tour. Taylor was this week offered the reins of the Test side in a joint captaincy scenario in which Brendon McCullum would lead in the short formats, but he declined the offer and made himself unavailable for the upcoming tour of South Africa, declaring his intention to return to the national side when the time was right. Taylor, 28, has not indicated how long he will spend away from the game, and he wished McCullum every success as captain.

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England batsmen tighten grip on game

England 509 for 6 (Cook 190, Trott 87, Compton 57, Pietersen 54) lead India 316 by 193 runsScorecard and ball-by-ball details The feeling of helplessness that enveloped much of India’s horrendous tours of England and Australia descended again on MS Dhoni’s side on the third day at Eden Gardens, as two of the most bloody-minded batsmen in world cricket, Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott, set about grinding down toothless bowling in the morning. After lunch, India managed to dismiss both of them, but that didn’t alter England’s dominance of the match as Kevin Pietersen and the lower order stacked up some quick runs to stretch the lead towards a comfortable 200.

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Dilshan warms up for Tests with ton

Sri Lankans 4 for 276 (Dilshan 101, Sangakkara 55) trail CA Chairman’s XI 6 for 439 dec (Henry 207*, Maxwell 91, Khawaja 56) by 163 runsScorecard Tillakaratne Dilshan warmed up for the Test series against Australia with a century as most of Sri Lanka’s top-order batsmen spent some valuable time in the middle on the second day of their tour match in Canberra. After Scott Henry brought up a double-century for the Cricket Australia Chairman’s XI, who declared at 6 for 439, the Sri Lankans moved their own total on to 4 for 276 by stumps on the second day of the three-day game

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