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Live: Australia v India, Boxing Day Test, day three

Jesse Hogan 10:59 AM   Join Jesse Hogan for all the day three action from the MCG as Australia look to increase their advantage over the tourists.

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Indian bowlers blown to Smithereens

Steve Smith gets ready to play a reverse sweep as Indian wicketkeeper M.S. Dhoni watches.

Greg Baum 7:11 PM   The metamorphosis of Steve Smith continues apace.

Place in team not so elementary, Watson

Shane Watson.

Geoff Lawson 8:08 PM   Statistics can only reveal say so much about the value of a Test player.

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India's bad day blues continue

Ravichandran Ashwin gives it a tweak at the MCG on Saturday.

Chloe Saltau 10:06 PM   As much as you can take a Steve Smith century to the bank in this series, you can count on India having a bad session which might easily turn into a very bad day.

Sixers continue stranglehold over Thunder

Stark contrast: Jacques Kallis is disappointed while Mitchell Starc and the Sixers are jubilant after removing the Thunder star.

Chris Barrett 10:24 PM   A bumper crowd, a star-studded line-up and a warm summer night - the stage was set for Sydney Thunder to truly announce their long-awaited arrival on the western Sydney sporting landscape.

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Smith misses double ton as India unravel

Australian batsman Steve Smith celebrates scoring his century.

Chloe Saltau 6:07 PM   The only thing Steve Smith didn't do in the first innings of the Boxing Day Test was post the first double century of his burgeoning Test career.

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Smith's entertainment matches runs

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Malcolm Knox 7:45 PM   The Bradman-like numbers of Steve Smith's 2014 suggest a certain ruthlessness, and the office of Australian captain asks for dignity. But the sense of fun he has brought to his dismantling of India is that of the child let loose while the parents are away.

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India will continue barrage on Brad Haddin

Hooking in: MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 27:  Brad Haddin bats during day two of the third Test between Australia and India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Andrew Wu 7:40 PM   India have vowed to continue their bumper barrage on Brad Haddin, convinced the wicketkeeper has a vulnerability against short-pitched bowling despite playing a key role in swinging the third Test in Australia's favour.

Fresh injury concern for Warner

Dave Warner and Darren Lehmann.

Chloe Saltau 6:52 PM   Michael Clarke has pleaded with the selectors to take a risk by including him in Australia's World Cup squad as Mitchell Marsh and David Warner battle more injury concerns.

Mitch Marsh to miss fourth Test

Ruled out: Australian all-rounder Mitch Marsh.

Rob Forsaith 3:51 PM   CRICKET Mitch Marsh's hopes of playing the fourth Test against India have suffered a setback, with the all-rounder sent for another scan on his injured leg.

Sri Lanka openers show some fight

Jimmy Neesham bowls a bouncer to Sri Lanka's Shaminda Eranga on the second day of the first Test.

Daniel Gilhooly 1:04 AM   Sri Lanka knuckled down and threatened to dig their way out of a giant hole on a fluctuating second day of the first Test against New Zealand in Christchurch.

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Man arrested at Big Bash cricket derby as authorities crack down on 'pitchsiding'

'Pitchsiding' suspected at Saturday's Big Bash League match.

Chris Barrett 10:37 AM   The standoff between cricket authorities, police and a British "pitchsider" continues, with the 30-year-old man arrested at Sunday night's Big Bash League derby in Sydney after being ejected from two other games in the city in the previous week.

India out of ideas to end Steve Smith's golden run

Dominating: Australian captain Steve Smith smashes a six off India's Ravi Ashwin on day two of the Boxing Day Test at the MCG.

Andrew Wu 10:57 PM   India admit they have run out of ideas to dismiss Steve Smith after the stand-in captain tore them apart for a third successive Test on Saturday.

Joe Burns' family folklore about Donald Bradman finally set straight

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Daniel Lane, Andrew Wu 8:23 PM   Last year Joe Burns shared a wonderful anecdote about his great-uncle Harold, who represented Queensland as a wicketkeeper in cricket and on the rugby league field in the 1930s, and among his most enduring achievements was he caught Don Bradman out.

Live BBL: Sydney Thunder v Sydney Sixers

Jacques Kallis & Brett Lee.

6:52 PM   A bumper crowd is expected for the Sydney derby as the Thunder battle the Sixers at the ANZ Stadium.

Cricket ... worth a long wait?

Tim Boyle

Tim Boyle 6:48 PM   MCC membership has its privileges ... but also its share of restrictions.

Live: Australia v India, Boxing Day Test, day two

Steve Smith

Jesse Hogan 6:24 PM   Join The Age cricket expert Jesse Hogan to follow all the action live from the MCG on day two of the third Test.

Quiney hoping to spur Melbourne Stars to first win

Rob Quiney.

Jesse Hogan 6:00 PM   Rob Quiney is not one for sugarcoating. He knows the only reason he is getting a game for Melbourne Stars on Sunday night in Brisbane is because Kevin Pietersen is having a white Christmas back in England.

It's time to acknowledge Lee's reign of pace: McGrath

Still delivering: Sixers paceman Brett Lee.

Daniel Lane 6:00 PM    Glenn McGrath, who holds the world record for most Test wickets by a fast bowler, said it was time Brett Lee was acknowledged as the benchmark for pace bowling as he strove to hit the 150km/h mark for the 21st consecutive season - and suggested he could probably still fire his trademark lightning bolts at 40 if he could maintain the rage.

Making BBL finals will be tough: Finch

Aaron Finch is bowled by Ashton Agar in Friday's match against the Scorchers.

Brad Elborough 1:53 PM   Melbourne Renegades captain Aaron Finch remains confident that a place in the finals of BBL04 is not yet out of reach, but admits it's going to be tough.

Sandhu ready to unleash for Australia: Hussey

Daniel Lane 1:30 PM   Sydney Thunder captain Michael Hussey provided Gurinder Sandhu with reason to fire-up in a World Cup summer by suggesting the fast bowler had to be in contention to play for Australia's one day team.

Sandhu boys strive to join a band of brothers

Gurinder Sandhu celebrates with teammates after taking a wicket against Brisbane Heat last week.

Daniel Lane 6:00 PM    One of the first lessons Gurinder Sandhu taught his younger brother Harmon in their backyard Test matches deep in Sydney's western suburbs many summers ago was "tennis balls hurt".

Run-happy Black Caps buoyed by life in pitch

Masterclass: New Zealand's Brendon McCullum.

Daniel Gilhooly   New Zealand hope another of their prolific performers from 2014 can step up, this time with the ball on day two of the first cricket Test against Sri Lanka in Christchurch.

South Africa's Elgar, du Plessis dominate West Indies

On song: South Africa batsmen Dean Elgar (left) and Faf du Plessis.

Colin Bryden   Dean Elgar and Faf du Plessis punished the West Indies for fielding lapses as South Africa built a strong position on the first day of the second Test in Port Elizabeth on Friday.

Boxing Day another ripping yarn

Steve Smith

Greg Baum   In the first over of the Boxing Day Test, Chris Rogers was struck an eye-watering blow. In the second over, so was Australia as David Warner was snapped up slips for a duck. Twenty minutes passed until Australia scored a run off the bat, 40 until they hit a four.

Skipper finds the gaps in impressive debut innings upstairs

New role: Injured skipper Michael Clarke with  Peter Siddle on Boxing Day at the MCG.

Rob Forsaith   The debutant admitted to pre-match nerves, but delivered a classy performance on one of Australian sport’s grandest stages. It wasn’t Joe Burns batting at No.6, rather hamstrung captain Michael Clarke, who the Nine Network engaged to call the third Test at the MCG.

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Scorchers' Klinger too hot for Renegades

Michael Klinger

Brad Elborough   A Michael Klinger century put the Perth Scorchers T20 Big Bash title defence back on track at the WACA Ground on Friday.

Nepal goes to new heights with Hughes memorial

Cricket Australia is working with the Cricket Association of Nepal to pay tribute to Phillip Hughes.

Andrew Wu   Cricket Australia is working with the Cricket Association of Nepal on an initiative to place a bat on top of Mount Everest in memory of Phillip Hughes.

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Behrendorff pitches Canberra forward for BBL team

Perth Scorchers fast bowler Jason Behrendorff wants to see Canberra have a team in the Big Bash League.

Lee Gaskin 7:00 PM   In-form Canberra fast bowler Jason Behrendorff has continued the calls for his home city to be included in the Big Bash League as he aims to lift the Twenty20 title at Manuka Oval.

Smith shines again as batsmen raise more questions than answers

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Malcolm Knox   So at 3.40pm on a teasing Melbourne day, hot in the sunshine but chilly in the shade, the moment arrived for Australian Test cricketer number 441, Joseph Anthony Burns.

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