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Root happy with England bowling dilemma as Pakistan await

England captain Joe Root said he had no qualms about having bowling “headaches” leading up to next week’s first Test against Pakistan after his side’s 2-1 series win over the West Indies. Root’s men came from behind to regain the Wisden Trophy, with a comprehensive 269-run victory in the third Test at Old Trafford on Tuesday sealing the hosts’ fightback. ...

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Fawad Alam, Wahab Riaz included in shortlisted Pak squad for Tests against England

Fawad Alam and Wahab Riaz have been included in the shortlisted 20-member Pakistan squad for the three-match Test series against England. The squad has been shortlisted following the conclusion of two four-day intra-squad matches, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed on Monday. Pakistan’s squad for Test series against England: Azhar Ali (c), Babar Aazam, Abid Ali, Asad Shafiq, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad ...

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Rain frustrates Broad’s bid for 500 wickets, England win

Rain kept Stuart Broad waiting for his 500th Test wicket as bad weather frustrated England’s bid for a series-clinching win over the West Indies at Old Trafford on Monday. Play was due to start at 11:00 am local time (1000 GMT), on the fourth day of the decisive third Test, but persistent rain meant the pitch and square remained fully ...

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Ronaldo powers Juve to ninth straight Serie A title

Cristiano Ronaldo powered Juventus to their ninth straight Serie A title on Sunday in a 2-0 win over Sampdoria that put them over the line with two matches to spare. Ronaldo opened the scoring deep into first half stoppage time in Turin and then had a hand in Federico Bernardeschi netting the second after 66 minutes. The five-time Ballon d’Or ...

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Sangakkara backs Ganguly for top ICC post

Sri Lanka cricket legend Kumar Sangakkara has backed Sourav Ganguly for the ICC chairman’s post, saying the BCCI president’s “astute cricket brain” and vast experience as an administrator make him a “very suitable” candidate for the role. Admitting that he is a big fan of Ganguly, Sangakkara said the former India captain has an international mindset which is necessary to ...

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Neymar wins French Cup final for PSG but Mbappe suffers ankle injury

Neymar scored the winning goal as Paris Saint-Germain defeated 10-man Saint-Etienne 1-0 in the French Cup final on Friday, the first competitive fixture in the country since March 11 following the coronavirus pandemic. However, coach Thomas Tuchel faces an anxious wait over the fitness of Kylian Mbappe ahead of next month’s Champions League quarter-final against Atalanta after the France star ...

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Archer returns but West Indies strike first in England decider

England recalled fast bowler Jofra Archer as West Indies captain Jason Holder won the toss, elected to field and his side drew first blood in the deciding third Test at Old Trafford on Friday. The visitors made a lively start as Kemar Roach had Dom Sibley plumb lbw for a duck after just five deliveries. Archer, left out of England’s ...

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Liverpool lift Premier League trophy after hitting Chelsea for five

Liverpool lifted the Premier League trophy on the famous Kop end at Anfield after a thrilling 5-3 win over Chelsea on Wednesday, that keeps the Blues waiting to seal their place in next season’s Champions League. Despite pleas for fans to stay away on the night Liverpool finally got their hands on the trophy, supporters crowded around the stadium even ...

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Tamim Iqbal flies to London on Saturday for treatment

Bangladesh ODI captain cum most reliable opening batsman Tamim Iqbal is set to fly for London on Saturday (July 25) for the treatment of his severe stomach pain. During the lockdown period, the left handed opener suffered severe abdominal pain for several times including thrice in the last one month. He went to local specialist doctors and made several check-up ...

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Archer could miss third Test after revealing racist abuse

England’s Jofra Archer says he was racially abused after his breach of coronavirus protocols and is struggling to get into the right frame of mind to play in the decisive third Test against the West Indies. The 25-year-old fast bowler was omitted from the England team that won the second Test at Old Trafford on Monday due to an unauthorised ...

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