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THE GOSSIP: YOUR DAILY ROUND-UP OF THE CRICKETING WORLD

IPL ups salary cap to $12m, Elgar closes in on record and Handscomb backed by state coach

Each weekday, The Cricketer rounds up all the latest news from across the game. Here's today's handy bundle.

West Indies coach Stuart Law thinks he's seen enough signs that his sign can dent the effectiveness of New Zealand's most productive test bowler of recent seasons. (stuff.co.nz)

Mitchell Starc has issued a chilling warning to England that Australia's in-form bowling attack is only just warming up as the hosts move in for an Ashes series kill at the WACA Ground. (cricket.com.au)

The Indian Premier League, one of the world's richest sports competitions, will let teams splurge up to $12million each on player salaries in 2018, an increase of 20 per cent. (IOL)

Under-pressure batsman Peter Handscomb has received strong support from his state coach Andrew McDonald, who has dismissed talk of dropping the Victorian for Mitchell Marsh for the third Test as "hype". (Canberra Times)

Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal said youngsters with "good attitude" are always able to produce results after his team eked out a draw against India in the third Test. (mid-day)

South Africa opener Dean Elgar needs just 44 runs against Zimbabwe in the Boxing Day Test to finish the year as Test cricket's highest run scorer. (sport24)

All-rounder Mitchell Marsh, who hasn't played for Australia since injuring his shoulder in March, sheds light on his inclusion in the 13-man squad as Chadd Sayers' replacement. (ESPNCricinfo)

Banned Pakistan opener, Sharjeel Khan said he has been treated unfairly by the PCB tribunal in the Pakistan Super League spot-fixing case, a claim rejected by the Board as "a ploy to gain sympathy". (The New Indian Express)

The BCCI is set to finalise what it calls a "balanced" schedule of bilateral commitments in cricket's new international calendar, one that will protect players' interests as well as board revenues. (ESPNCricinfo)

Veteran Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq believes that he can still convince Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchises to pick him for the fourth edition. (Business Recorder, Pakistan)

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