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9:10pm – AB de Villiers to carry on playing in the IPL

The South African star has no plans to call it quits in the IPL, saying he wants to carry on playing in the T20 league ‘for a few more years’. Read more on that story here. 

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8:15pm – India have a chance to claim top spot in the ODI rankings

Following the T20 series, England and India turn their focus to the 50-over format when the three-match series begins on Thursday. India are second in the standings with Eoin Morgan’s side on top. Read here on what India need to do to overtake them in what will be a busy month of international cricket.

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4:20pm – Australia pacers have to raise their game and put Virat Kohli under pressure, says Glenn McGrath

The legendary bowler has had his say ahead of Australia’s matches against India later this year. The two nations will meet in a full series from November and McGrath insists it will be interesting how the Indian captain fares against pace on their tour Down Under. Read more on that story here.

3:00pm – Pat Cummins predicts Virat Kohli will not score a century against Australia

The Australian pacer has made a bold prediction, saying the Indian batsman will not be celebrating a ton when the sides meet Down Under later this year. Click here for more on that story.

Pat Cummins (right) is convinced Virat Kohli (left) will not score a century

Pat Cummins (right) is convinced Virat Kohli (left) will not score a century

2:15pm – Nepal to play first ODI against Netherlands

Four months after sealing the status for the first time, Nepal will play their first ODI when they tour Netherlands in August. The two-match series comes after their T20I where the teams will play at Lord’s on July 29. Read more on that story here. 

1:00pm – Pakistan Cricket Board set to suspend Ahmed Shehzad after failing doping test

The opening batsman is to find out his punishment later today after the PCB confirmed they have issued a charge sheet against the 26-year-old. Read more here.

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12:20pm – Shaheen Afridi impresses while Mohammad Hafeez disappoints in T20 tri-series

Pakistan showed why they are the number one ranked side in the world T20 rankings after winning the tri-series final against Australia on Sunday. We examine each and every player of Pakistan’s squad and gave his verdict on they fared in the week-long tournament. Read more by clicking here.

Shaheen Afridi impressed in the two matches he played.

Shaheen Afridi impressed in the two matches he played.

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ICC 'forced' to give No1 ranking to Roger Federer, Sachin Tendulkar wants to exchange notes with Swiss great

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Roger Federer is not only one of the greatest tennis players of all time, he is also one of the most beloved athletes of the 21st century. Sports enthusiasts and players from across disciplines look up to him for his spectacular achievements and the grace with which he carries himself and plays the game.

The Swiss great eased past France’s Adrian Mannarino to reach his 16th Wimbledon quarter-final on Monday. During the match, Wimbledon’s Twitter account posted a video of Federer playing what resembled a cricket shot.

The All England Club tournament asked the International Cricket Council what it thought of Federer’s ‘forward defence’.

The ICC’s social media responded by bumping Federer right to the top of Test ranking for batsmen.

They weren’t done as the governing body wondered, in a following tweet, how Federer will fare against England seamer Stuart Broad.

Federer and cricket have crossed paths in the past. Sachin Tendulkar has called the 36-year-old his favourite player and the two met at SW19 in 2011. Sachin and Virat Kohli attended Wimbledon matches together in 2015.

Which is why the India batting great had his say in Federer’s ‘rise’ to the No1 ranking. Tendulkar took to twitter and asked Federer if they can exchange notes ‘after you win your ninth Wimbledon title’.

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Australia's fast bowlers must put India's Kohli under constant pressure, says legend McGrath

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Dangerous threat for Australia: Virat Kohli

Legendary pacer Glenn McGrath has urged Australia’s bowlers to put constant pressure on Virat Kohli when they face India later this year.

The two sides meet Down Under from November where they will play three T20s, four Tests and three ODIs.

The last time Kohli played in Australia in 2014/15, he struck four Test centuries, scoring 692 runs at 86.50.

McGrath believes it will be intriguing how he will fare against the likes of Australia pacers Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazelwood.

I want to see Australians put pressure on Kohli and just see how he handles it,” McGrath was quoted as saying in the Sydney Morning Herald. “It’s going to be a good, hard, tough series. Kohli has got a bit of an aggressive attitude but showed last time he was out here he’s not going to take a backward step. It’s going to be an interesting summer.

“The Windies of the late 70s, early 80s were an incredible team and they used to target the captain of the opposition team and get on top of him and have a big impact. I tried to bring that in by targeting players when I played. If you get on top of them, the No.1 player and their captain, it makes the job so much easier.

“If they can get on top of Kohli I think it can have a big effect on the game.”

He added: “India are not a bad team, they’ve got a decent bowling attack, they’ve got some good spinners as well,” McGrath said. “With Steve Smith and Dave Warner not there it leaves a little bit of a gap. Fingers crossed it can be a good solid series with Australia just getting across the line 4-0.”

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