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Team India Takes on Australia in the Seventh and Final One Day International (ODI)

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It is once again cricket as usual for Team India as it takes on Australia in the seventh and final One Day International (ODI) on Nov. 2 at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.

The last match of Team Australia’s tour of India showcases two of cricket’s global powerhouses and should shine the direction of the spotlight back on the pitch, relegating to the background the spot-fixing scandal that led to lifetime bans for two players in September by the Board of Cricket Control in India.  The scandal occurred in last year’s Indian Premier League.

Fans of Team India are celebrating the 30th anniversary this year of one of the biggest upsets in Cricket ODIs, the 1983 victory by Team India over the West Indies in the final of the World Cup.

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Captained by Mahendra Singh Dhonai and led by left-handed batsman Yuvraj Singh, Team India is the reigning champion in the 50-over format, but has had its hands full with Australia, which is wrapping up its 24-day tour against Team India.


Australia looks to avoid loss at The Ashes

The Ashes are about to get started again.

With England in command of The Ashes 2013, Australia looks to help climb out of its hole and storm back into contention.

England won the first two Tests against Australia at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, as well as Lord's Cricket Ground in London. The third Test will take place at Old Trafford in Manchester starting on Thursday, August 1, at 6 a.m. EDT, and will continue through the weekend until Monday, August 5.

In order to win The Ashes, Australia will need to take the remaining Tests. After the meeting in Manchester, the two sides will head to the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street from Friday, August 9, until Tuesday August 13. The final meeting between the two sides takes place on Wednesday, August 21 at the Kennington Oval in London. This will continue until Sunday, August 25.

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England takes command in second Ashes Test

England took a commanding lead against Australia during the second Test.

England is now in full control of The Ashes, as the side recently defeated Australia in the second Test at Lord's Cricket Ground.

England managed to defeat Australia by 347 runs as the home side posted a 361 and a 349-7 after a declaration. Australia was only able to post a 128 and 235 to come up well short. Joe Root produced an impressive 180 runs for England before the declaration was called.

With the second Test in the books, the two sides will head to Old Trafford in Manchester for the third Test, which is to take place on August 1. The Test will continue until August 5 before both England and Australia meet at the Riverside Ground for the Fourth Test on August 9. The final Test will be at The Oval in London, between August 21 and 25.

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England takes control during second Ashes Test

The Ashes are in full swing, and England has the edge.

England is in a prime position to take another Test from Australia in this year's edition of The Ashes, as Australia had a day to forget.

During the second day of the second Test at Lord's Cricket Ground in London, Australia was only able to manage a 128 compared to England's 361 and 31-3. This puts the hosts in almost complete control of the Test, and may give Australia a significant mountain to climb.

This Test will continue in the next few days before the venue switches to Old Trafford in Manchester from August 1 to 5. After this, there will be the fourth Test starting on August 9 at Riverside Ground before it all wraps up during the fifth test on August 21 at The Oval.

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England takes first Test on quest for The Ashes

England took the first Test of The Ashes.

England cricket fans were likely loud and proud this week, as the country recently captured the first Test against Australia in this year's edition of The Ashes.

The English side was able to post a 215 and 375 at Trent Bridge, which was enough to take down Australia by 14 runs, despite a 280 and 296. James Anderson closed the deal for England, as he was able to secure four wickets for his country's side.

This tournament will continue Thursday, July 18 at Lord's Cricket Ground in London - the venue for the second Test. This will begin at 6 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on that day, with the Australians looking to get back for losing the first Test.

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Australia proves strong during first Test

The first Test of The Ashes had some notable highlights.

The second day of the first Test of this year's installment of The Ashes is in the books, and Australia kept its hopes alive of taking the first meeting against England.

England hit for 215, as well as 80/2 during the second installment of the Test, and despite a lead at the end of day two, Australia had an impressive showing from one of its new batters. Ashton Agar hit for 98 in order to give his country a 280.

This sets up what may be a thrilling finish to the first Test of The Ashes at Trent Bridge. Once this Test is completed, the two sides will head to Lord's Cricket Ground, Old Trafford, Riverside Ground and Kennington Oval to round out the fixtures.

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Australia, England begin battle for The Ashes

The Ashes are in full swing and both England and Australia have hopes of taking home the urn.

Day one of the first Test between Australia and England is in the books, and the two sides are both in a decent position of taking the first test.

England started off in a difficult spot at Trent Bridge in Nottinghamshire, UK, as the side managed a 214 before going all out. This wasn't the way many fans had hoped, but with Australia coming to bat, the English held the bats to 75-4 at the end of day one.

The first Test will continue until completion through the rest of the week. The second Test will move the battle to London at Lord's Cricket Ground, where play will pick up on July 18. The next three Tests will be located in Manchester, Chester-le-Street and back in London at The Oval.

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England looks to keep Ashes for third-straight meeting

The Ashes is only a few days away.

One of the most important cricket test series in the world will take place this summer, as The Ashes returns again. Both England and Australia have hopes of taking back the urn, but it could be quite a stunning show.

England won the past two meetings, as the 2010-11 tournament was in their favor by three matches to one. Previous to this, the English cricketers came out to a two to one victory in 2009. Australia hasn't won the urn since a five to zero sweep during the 2006-07 fixtures.

The Ashes will begin on Wednesday, July 10 at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, UK. This continues with the next four Tests spread throughout July and August. With England hosting the tournament, there will be matches located in London, Manchester and Chester-le-Street, as well.

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England, Australia set to meet in Ashes Series

The Ashes will begin soon, with Australia and England vying for the urn.

Cricket fans will be excited to see the next installment of The Ashes on the horizon, as both Australia and England will battle for the urn in the coming weeks.

This year's tournament will take place in England, with the five tests to occur in July and August. The first Test will be at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Wednesday, July 10. The scheduled start time for all Tests will be 6 a.m. EDT. The two sides will reconvene on July 18 at Lords in London.

Heading into August, the two will meet for the third Test at Old Trafford in Manchester on August 1. For the fourth Test, England will host Australia at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street on Friday, August 9, before completing the Ashes on Wednesday August 21, at the Kennington Oval in London.

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Netherlands leads the way in child welfare, UNICEF report reveals

UNICEF recently published a report about child welfare in the world's 29 richest nations.

A new study may prove to be a source of stress relief for immigrants who wire money to the Netherlands in order to provide for their families. That's because it indicates that among the world's most prosperous nations, no country is better at ensuring the overall safety, health and well-being of children than the Western Europe nation.

According to the report, which was conducted by the United Nations – or more specifically the United Nations Children's Fund, otherwise known as UNICEF – the Netherlands is the runaway leader in health statistics for children in many different categories. This includes material well-being, physical health and safety, educational awareness, behavior, as well as housing and environmental concerns.

While there are nearly 200 countries in the world, UNICEF confined its report to only those countries that are the wealthiest, which was determined by their gross domestic product. Of the 29 nations that were analyzed, the Netherlands came out on top.

Interestingly, however, wealth didn't necessarily correlate with overall well-being.

"There does not appear to be a strong relationship between per capita GDP and overall child well-being," the report stated. "In other words, country wealth does not always mean happier and healthier children."

Separate analysis has revealed this to be true as well. Previous reports have shown that several countries in Latin America and parts of Europe have some of the happiest people on earth, but their GDP was a fraction of other more prosperous nations.

There's also something special about this general region of the world. UNICEF notes that in previous studies, countries like Finland, Iceland and Norway – just north of the Baltic States – have routinely been high among the ranks of countries whose children are doing well health-wise.

UNICEF: Public policy plays large role in child wellness
Much of this stems from government investments, the report found.

"Child poverty is not inevitable but policy-susceptible," the study said. "And some countries have been doing much better than others at protecting their most vulnerable children."

There were several sub-categories of the five factors that UNICEF looked at in order to draw their conclusions. For instance, for material well-being, researchers based this on monetary deprivation and material deprivation. In both of these sub-section, children in the Netherlands fared well. The same was found for educational well-being, which was determined based on scholastic achievements and participation, or the percentage of children in the Netherlands who are in school and graduating.

Gordon Alexander, director of research at UNICEF, noted that this study is meant to encourage governments to focus more on how they can improve children's lives so that they can thrive once they become adults, contributing to their own well-being as well as their country's financial status.

"Whether in today's time of economic crisis, or in better financial periods, UNICEF urges governments and social partners to place children and young people at the heart of their decision-making processes," said Alexander. "For every new policy measure considered or introduced, governments explicitly have to explore the impact and effects on children, families with children, adolescents and young adults. These groups do not have a voice in the political processes, or their voices are too seldom heard."

As for the United States, the country's child welfare finished 26th out of 29 countries, far below what most people may think of when they think of the U.S. and it's standing in comparison to other industrialized nations.

One area where the children's welfare was weak was educational well-being. Despite spending more for education per capita than any other country in the world, UNICEF ranked the U.S. as having the third-worst performance record based on achievement and participation.