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SK News Point-Live Cricket News-26th December 2016

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Updated: 26 December 2016 23:52 IST - Published: 26 December 2016 09:10 IST
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Port Elizabeth's famous brass band refrained from playing during overs

Port Elizabeth's famous brass band has been told not to play during overs in the ongoing Test match between Sri Lanka and South Africa after restrictions from match referee David Boon.

The band, however, will be allowed to play during any of the breaks. The music started right from the morning and was heard throughout the first session. They were also striking up a tune in the second session but just before the tea interval they were told to stop. In the over before tea, they started playing again. 

 "It's news to me (that the band were asked not to play)," JP Duminy was quoted by ESPNCricinfo. "I love the band especially when they start saying 'JP jou lekker ding'." 
 
'JP you good thing' is one of the main tunes of the band but they were not able to play it when Duminy got to his half-century. Instead, the words appeared on the scoreboard. 
 
This is not the first time this has happened. They were also stopped from playing in 2000 when New Zealand batters said they were having problems concentrating. 

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Brian Vitori suspended from bowling in international cricket

Zimbabwe fast bowler, Brian Vitori has been suspended from bowling in International cricket for a period of 12 months. This came after independent assessment team formed by the International Cricket Council found his action illegal. 

Earlier, Vitori was reported during the clash against Sri Lanka in Bulawayo on November 27 as it was found that some of his deliveries exceeded the 15-degree limit. 

Vitori who has played four Tests, 20 One-Day Internationals and 11 Twenty20 Internationals for Zimbabwe is eligible to appeal against the ban. 

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David Warner defends Steve Smith's captaincy

Australian opener David Warner has defended Steve Smith's style of captaincy, praising the way he handled the match situation and the manner in which he handled Nathan Lyon during the Brisbane Test.

"I felt the way he went about it was the right way. He thinks of his feet and goes by his gut and it came off. It's bizarre how people are mentioning things about his field placements and bowling changes, the way he used Gazza(Nathan Lyon).

"We did win the game, There may have been a lot more talk had we not," he said.