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South Africa, Australia meet again in Perth

South Africa and Australia are set to meet for the third, and decisive test match at the Western Australia Cricket Association ground in Perth, Western Australia.

The two sides played to a draw in the first test, which took place at the Brisbane Cricket Ground in Woolloongabba, Queensland. This was repeated in the latest match at the Adelaide Oval in South Australia. Faf du Plessis batted for 110, which helped the Proteas get the draw. What made du Plessis' performance so impressive was that he became the fourth South African to register a century in his debut for the test side.

The third, and final test begins at 9:30 p.m. EST on November 29. The test will continue until its final installment on December 3.

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South Africa, Australia meet again in Adelaide

South Africa continues its test tour of Australia, as the two sides are set to meet at the Adelaide Oval in South Australia.

The first day of the next test is fast approaching, with it set to kick off at 7 p.m. EST on November 21. It is planned to continue until the final meeting, which takes place on November 25.

Australia will be looking to improve from the first test, which ended in a draw. There are two tests left between the two sides, with the home side likely needing to sweep the final two in order to get the victory. The weather should be perfect for the match, as it is expected to be in the high 70s throughout much of the first day, while it should get warmer as the weekend continues.

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South Africa tours Australia for three test matches

Two giants in the test cricket world will meet later this week in the first of three matches, as South Africa kicks off its tour against Australia.

The first match of the tour for the Proteas brings them to the Brisbane Cricket Ground in Woolloongabba, Queensland. The match is set for November 8, at 7 p.m. EST. It will go through November 12.

After this, the two sides will reconvene for the second test match, which takes place at the Adelaide Oval in South Australia. The first day of the second test starts at 7 p.m. EST on November 21. This will continue until the final innings are played on November 25.

The third test begins on November 29, at 9:30 p.m. EST. It takes place at the Western Australia Cricket Association ground in Perth. The match will have its final innings on December 3.

Currently, The ICC Test Ranking has South Africa in first place with a rating of 120. Australia is in third place, with a rating of 116. This is only one point behind England for second.

Sides share long test history
Australia and South Africa met several times in the past, as both toured extensively. The last time the two met was in 2011, with two test matches. The two countries split the meetings.

The first time the countries met in a test series was in 1902, with Australia taking the second and third tests, after a draw during the first meeting. Recent history in the fixture favored the Baggy Greens, as they won seven of the past nine test series against South Africa. However, with the latest draw, the last time the Proteas earned a win was in 2008-09, with a 2-1 series victory. That year, South Africa toured Australia, winning in Perth and Melbourne, with a loss to close out the series in Sydney.

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Cricket Australia chairman retires, offers thoughts on sport

Cricket Australia (CA) chairman Jack Clarke has officially retired from his position, but not before he offered some thoughts on controversies that came up during his tenure, as well as where he sees the sport heading in the future.

Clarke has been in charge of CA since 2008, and thus has been one of the central figures in the sport for the past three years, representing the country on the International Cricket Council (ICC). Clarke used his time at the podium during CA's general meeting to give some thoughts on his time as chairman.

Responding to criticism of the outgoing chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch and former national coach Tim Nielsen, Clarke defended both men, saying that fans unfairly dismissed their contributions to the sport.

"Andrew Hilditch, a fine servant of Australian cricket who has responded graciously to unfair media and public criticism, leaves center stage following a long period as a selector since 1996-97 and as chairman of the National Selection Panel since 2006," Clarke said at the meeting, according to ESPN. "During Andrew's time as a selector, Australian cricket achieved unparalleled success including three ICC World Cups, two ICC Champions Trophies and numerous Test series victories."

Clarke also said that Nielsen's accomplishments as coach were "overlooked," pointing to the top ranking as an ODI team under his tenure.

Of his time on the ICC, Clarke said that the sport must do more to tackle corruption going forward.

"The ICC has had a challenging year tackling corruption as a major issue and is also undertaking a governance review," he said. "Cricket's ambition to be a major world sport will be significantly influenced by the ICC succeeding with both these issues."

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Australian wunderkind Cummins could make debut against South Africa

At just eighteen years old, Australia's Pat Cummins already looks destined for greatness. The young player can bowl 150 km/hour and has already been dominating in Australian domestic leagues. In fact, his performance thus far has spurred talk that he could be named to Australia's main test team for their upcoming fixture with South Africa.

Cummins has already set several records, such as the youngest player to be awarded a Cricket Australia contract. If selected, he would be the youngest player since the legendary Ian Craig played for Australia in 1953, at just seventeen.

Australian cricketers have been weighing in on whether or not they think Cummins should play. Nobody denies his talent, but the question comes down to injury risks. Test cricket can be grueling, and Cummins has had back problems already in his career.

"I think you've got to use a guy like that when you can,'' cricketer Mitchell Johnson told the Sydney Morning Herald. ''He can bowl up to 150km/h; you've got to make the most of it, I think. I went through back fractures, stress fractures at that age. I'm not saying he's going to go through that, he might not get injuries…. It's possible he'd get through it and if he does then good on him and it's good for us, good for our future in Australian cricket."

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Australia captain Clarke denies match-fixing

Australian test and one-day captain Michael Clarke has hit back at accusations that Australian players were involved in a match-fixing scandal, which were made during a corruption trial for two former players.

Pakistani ex-captain Salman Butt and fast bowler Mohammad Asif are on trial for corruption facing match-fixing accusations of their own. During the trial, testimony was given by sports agent Mazhar Majeed, who is also facing accusations of his own. Majeed claimed that Australian players were the "the biggest" culprits when it came to the dishonest play.

But Clarke denied the accusations completely in comments made to the Cricket Australia website.

"The players I have played with, I'm 100 percent confident they would never be involved in that," he added on the Cricket Australia website. "It is not the Australian way. Never in my time have I experienced a conversation with anybody about any such things."

Clarke admitted that players had been approached by those hoping to fix matches. However, he said that it has never taken place and that any incidents were always reported to Cricket Australia and the ICC.

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Fairy bread and Boston buns: Australian sweets for young and old

People who are living or working outside of the country may often get homesick, and one of the best cures for homesickness is indulging in favorite foods from home. People can send money online so that their loved ones can prepare the same dishes at home, and even though they are separated by great distances, they can still share a meal, or even a quick snack or dessert.

Fairy bread is an Australian treat that is often served at children's parties. The snack is simply bread and butter covered with nonpareils, or sprinkles. While the exact origin of this colorful food is unknown, it may come from a short poem by the same name, written by Robert Louis Stevenson in 1885.

A more grown-up treat, Boston buns are large spiced pastries that have a healthy supply of coconut frosting on top, and often contain dried fruits. These goodies, often served with tea, are unique because they are made with mashed potatoes.

The dough is made by combining mashed potatoes and sugar until they are smooth, then adding flour, fruit, milk, baking soda and salt, according to New Zealand Women's Weekly. The dough is baked in shallow sponge pans, and while it is in the oven, the frosting can be prepared. It's often a standard butter cream with coconut shavings pressed into it after it has been smoothed over the cake.


Genetically modified wheat may provide problems for local Australian farmers and environment

Wheat is a part of many people’s diets as it comes in the forms of bread, noodles, pastries, crackers and more. Not only do people love to eat wheat but the farming and harvesting process provides jobs for thousands of farmers across the globe, including Australia which is one of the world’s leading wheat export countries.

However, new genetically modified wheat produced by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) is threatening to disrupt Australian traditional cuisine values, as thousands of farmers may lose their jobs or be forced to grow wheat in a new fashion.

Greenpeace, an international organization designed to aid in environmental conservation, is largely against the overtaking of local Australian crops by genetically modified products. In order to assist families who are affected by these takeovers, many Australians living abroad will wire money to Australia to help out.

Canada and Europe, both worldwide wheat market competitors to Australia, have both rejected the idea of harvesting genetically modified wheat, which makes the Australian farmers and Greenpeace even more nervous.

“[Canada and Europe] were not convinced by global biotech companies that [the process] would not contaminate their natural wheat crops and threaten their billion-dollar export markets,” Greenpeace spokeswoman Laura Kelly said. “The economic implications of [genetically modified] wheat are dire.”

CSIRO is strongly against the negative publicity that Greenpeace and other Australian environment protection agencies are promoting. CropLife, a United States group that represents the plant industry, jumped into the fray to back up CSIRO’s proposed genetic methods.

“[Genetically modified] crops have demonstrated over the last 15 years that they improve the on-farm environment while reducing the pressure to convert wilderness areas to farmland,” CropLife CEO Mathew Cossey said in a public statement.

Other scientists have vowed that CSIRO crops make no difference in the long run.

“In controlled conditions in a laboratory you can get marvelous results…but when they put [the crops] in the field there is zero percent difference because …all the genes are expressing themselves and it’s complete competition,” Maarten Stapper, a former CSIRO scientist, told the Australia Associated Press on Thursday.

Though the definitive answer for whether or not genetically modified crops will take over local farms and the potential results are unknown, local farmers are likely in need of assistance from family and friends livign abroad who can send remittances.