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Angelo Mathews and Alastair Cook pose with the series trophy, Colombo, November 20, 2014 (ESPNCI)


Yikes! What's giving Alastair Cook the creeps? Colombo, November 20, 2014 (ESPNCI)


A guard watches over England's training session, SSC, Colombo, November 19, 2014


Angelo Mathews goes on the attack, India v Sri Lanka, 5th ODI, Ranchi, November 16, 2014

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* Australia regains number-one ODI ranking

Nov 24 (ICC) Four-time world champion Australia has returned to the top of the Reliance ICC ODI Team Rankings after defeating South Africa 4-1 in the five-match ODI series, which concluded in Sydney on Sunday. George Bailey’s side had started the series in third position on 114 ratings points and has finished on equal points with India on 117 ratings points. However, when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point, Australia is just 0.2 clear of India and five ratings points clear of South Africa, which has dropped one place to third.
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* Sri Lanka vs. England warm-up match Wet outfield forces abandonment

Nov 23 (ESPNCI) England tour of Sri Lanka, Tour Match: Sri Lanka A v England XI at Colombo (PSS) -Match abandoned without a ball bowled. The England hierarchy have a discussion at a wet P Sara, Sri Lanka A v England XI, Tour match, P Sara Oval, Colombo, November 23, 2014
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* Ajmal targets World Cup return

Nov 23 (ESPNCI) Saeed Ajmal is pleased with the progress he has made with the remedial work on his bowling action, and has said he is targeting the 2015 World Cup for his international comeback. Ajmal recently underwent unofficial tests on his bowling action at the ICC-accredited testing centre in Loughborough, where biomechanist Dr Mark King noted "substantial improvement" in his action, even though the straightening of his elbow still exceeded the permitted 15-degree mark.
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* Opening conumdrum vexes Mathews

Nov 23 (ESPNCI) Sri Lanka will aim to lock down their best ODI combination as World Cup preparation begin in earnest, during the seven-match series against England, captain Angelo Mathews said. Sri Lanka had experimented with their XI in the five-match series against India, resting key players and handing out two ODI debuts, but Mathews said he now sought to build momentum with the players who would comprise the best side at the World Cup. "We need to get back into our groove and we will also try and taper the experiments down," he said.
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* ICC Women's Championship: India hope for a winning start against South Africa

Nov 23 (IBN) Bengaluru- Riding high on confidence after notching an innings win in the one-off Test at Mysuru last week, the Mithali Raj-led Indian women's cricket team will seek to carry the momentum into the one-day series against South Africa commencing Monday. All three One-Day Internationals (ODI) will take place here Nov 24, 26 and 28 as part of the seven-round ICC Women's Championship, which is a qualifying tournament for the 2017 ICC Women's World Cup.
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