Australia win Ashes with squashing win in third Test

Australia won back the Ashes after bowling England out cheaply despite rain delays and a pitch controversy to secure an innings win on the final day of the third Test in Perth on Monday.Having confirmed his status as the world´s best batsman with a match-winning double century, Steve Smith added victorious Ashes captain to his ever-expanding resume as England were dismissed for 218 in their second innings in the last Ashes Test to take place at the WACA Ground.

Josh Hazlewood took 5-48 for Australia, who won by an innings and 41 runs despite play being delayed by three hours because of a wet patch on the pitch.

Water got under the covers during overnight rain and meant ground staff had to dry the surface with leaf blowers.

Hazlewood bowled Jonny Bairstow with his first delivery of the day and had Dawid Malan caught down the leg side for 54, before Pat Cummins wrapped it up by having Chris Woakes caught behind.

This is Australia’s seventh win in eight Ashes series down under and a regaining of the urn after England’s triumph on home soil in 2015.

Australia have also won eight consecutive home Tests against England, equalling a record that goes back to the 1920s.

They will now target a second successive 5-0 whitewash in Australia – and third in 11 years – with matches in Melbourne and Sydney still to come.

Bangladesh appoint Shakib as Test cricket captain

    

DHAKA: Bangladesh on Sunday appointed all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan as Test captain, removing Mushfiqur Rahim from the post ahead of the two-Test home series against Sri Lanka starting January.

Shakib, who took the helm of the national Twenty20 side from Mashrafe Mortaza in South Africa, takes charge of the Test squad for the second time, having led the side in nine Tests between 2009 and 2011.Tamim Iqbal was removed as vice-captain of the Test side but Hasan said the opening batsman would continue as Shakib´s deputy in the Twenty20 squad.Mortaza remained at the helm of one-day international side but the BCB president indicated they would make a few other changes in near future.”Overall, we are willing to make a plan for next four to five years and the decision is just the beginning of the new plans,” he said.

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Sharjeel Khan Spot Fixing case- Banned for 5 years

Pakistan batsman Sharjeel Khan has been banned for five years for his part in a spot-fixing ring.

A Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) tribunal handed down the punishment following a hearing on Wednesday, but two and a half years of the ban is suspended.

Sharjeel Khan playing for Pakistan against Australia in 2016

The PCB has been conducting a long-running investigation into corruption in the Twenty20 Pakistan Super League.

Sharjeel, 28, has played one Test match, 25 one-day internationals and 15 Twenty20 internationals for Pakistan.

The full findings will be released at a later date.

Spot-fixing is where the outcome of a particular passage of play is pre-determined, as opposed to fixing the outcome of a match.