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Gayle hits record-breaking 50 in 12 balls

Chris Gayle signed off from this year's Big Bash by equalling the all-time record for the world's quickest Twenty20 half-century.

Gayle smashed his way past 50 from just 12 balls in Melbourne, but it was not enough to keep the Renegades in the competition as they fell to a 27-run defeat against table-topping Adelaide Strikers.

Chris Gayle smashed his way past 50 from just 12 balls. Credit: PA

West Indies opener Gayle hit seven sixes and two fours on the way to 56 at the top of the order, and joined Yuvraj Singh as scorer of the sprint format's fastest half-century - the India all-rounder's innings at the 2007 World Twenty20 having included six sixes in one over off England's Stuart Broad.

Gayle is already holder of the record for the fastest Twenty20 hundred - from 30 balls - on the way to a mammoth 175 not out for Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2013.

Following his controversial remarks in a Channel 10 interview during a Big Bash match two weeks ago, this time Gayle chose to stay off mic.

Injured Finn a major doubt for fourth Test in South Africa

England fast bowler Steven Finn. Credit: PA

England seamer Steven Finn looks almost certain to miss the fourth Test against South Africa with a side strain.

Finn felt tightness in his left side during England's series-clinching victory at the Wanderers and was sent for scans on Sunday morning.

Head coach Trevor Bayliss was pessimistic about his prospects, paving the way for Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan or Mark Footitt to feature in Centurion, as England eye a historic 3-0 success.

"Steven is away getting scans but to be honest I doubt very much whether he'll be available for the next Test," Bayliss admitted.


Stuart Broad becomes top-ranked Test bowler

Stuart Broad. Credit: PA

Stuart Broad has become the number one Test bowler in the world after inspiring England to victory over South Africa in the third Test.

Broad's best overseas figures of six for 17 sealed a 2-0 series win in Johannesburg and catapulted him to number one in the International Cricket Council's rankings.

Steve Harmison was the last England bowler to reach the summit, back in 2004, with Sir Ian Botham also achieving top spot in 1980.

Broad, the top wicket-taker in the current series with 15 at 16.46, overtakes India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and injured Proteas paceman Dale Steyn.

South Africa name player charged over match-fixing

Cricket South Africa has named former international Gulam Bodi as the 'intermediary' charged under its anti-corruption code in December.

Bodi played two one-day internationals and a Twenty20 for the Proteas in 2007 but is also remembered for his part in hastening Kevin Pietersen's move to England.

Gulam Bodi is accused of being an intermediary involved in match-fixing. Credit: PA

India-born Bodi was selected by Natal at the expense of a young Pietersen in 2000, a decision he credited as being down to racial selection quotas in his home country and part of the reason he arrived in county cricket.

According to CSA, Bodi "has been charged with contriving to fix, or otherwise improperly influence aspects of the 2015 RAM SLAM T20 Challenge Series."


Amla quits as South Africa captain

Hashim Amla has stepped down. Credit: Reuters

Hashim Amla has resigned as captain of South Africa with immediate effect following his side's draw with England in Cape Town.

The batsman struck 201 in the match but has decided to step down from the role he took up in 2014.

Batsman AB De Villiers will take over from Amla as the side's skipper for the rest of the series.

After careful consideration, I wish to announce I am stepping down as captain of the Proteas Test team with immediate effect. I remain committed to the Proteas team across all formats of the game.

– Hashim Amla
AB De Villiers will take over from Amla. Credit: Reuters

Hobden was celebrating new year in Scotland - family

Matt Hobden died at a property in Forres. Credit: PA

The family of Sussex cricketer Matt Hobden have said the promising bowler was celebrating new year with friends when he died in Scotland.

Hobden's body was discovered on Saturday by Police Scotland officers at a property in Forres, near Inverness.

Officers are continuing to investigate the death but said there are not thought to be any suspicious circumstances.

We are deeply saddened by the sudden death of Matthew who had been celebrating the new year with friends in the Forres area.

We now ask that we are left alone to deal with the tragic circumstances that have unfolded and are allowed to grieve in private at this difficult time.

– Hobden family statement
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