EXCLUSIVE: Hong Kong proved that Associate nations can compete with the big boys

Anshuman Rath Nizakat Khan record 174-run partnership Hong Kong India Asia Cup cricket

Hong Kong captain Anshuman Rath (left) and his opening partner Nizakat Khan forged a record-breaking 174-run partnership against India

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They walked into the arena with the crowd awash in blue, waving the Indian flag and rhythmically chanting for India to make quick work of them in entertaining fashion. They faced a foe that was at the top of their game and revered globally. But, despite going up against an ODI powerhouse in India, Hong Kong had a point to prove and refused to go down until they had captured the hearts, minds and spirits of people all over the world.

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Langer: Smith, Warner, Bancroft can help Australia win 2019 World Cup and Ashes

Justin Langer Steve Smith David Warner and Cameron Bancroft can help Australia win World Cup and Ashes in 2019 cricket

Justin Langer: “there’s no reason they shouldn’t be welcomed back in to help us win the World Cup and help us win the Ashes next summer”

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Australia head coach Justin Langer firmly believes that former captain Steve Smith, ex-vice captain David Warner and opening batsman Cameron Bancroft can play instrumental roles in leading the national team to World Cup and Ashes glory next year.

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