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

Bairstow defends nightwatchman decision and Matt Prior questions the ambition of county cricketers

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

Jonny Bairstow has defended his decision not to ask for a nightwatchman at the SCG. (Daily Mail)

Former England wicketkeeper Matt Prior has questioned the ambition of some county cricketers. (BBC)

Australia captain Steve Smith has responded to criticism directed at Shaun Marsh and Jackson Bird for smoking at a bar. (news.com.au)

Jasprit Bumrah says his confidence has not been dented after India's defeat to South Africa in his first Test. (ESPNcricinfo)

Graeme Smith his backing his country to win the series 2-0. (ESPNcricinfo)

India captain Virat Kohli says his batsmen must attack the South African bowlers at Centurion. (SACricketMAG)

England's Ashes defeat won't affect the ODI series according to Liam Plunkett. (Sky Sports)

Marcus Stoinis has spoken of how his 'cricketing family' as helped him through the death of his father. (cricket.com.au)

Afridi turns down BPL deal in order to play in U-19 World Cup. (Business Recorder)

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