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In the postmortem of England’s collapse on Saturday, one that confirmed fears over the batting strength beyond Alastair Cook and Joe Root with seven wickets tumbling for 36 runs in 17.5 overs, must come an appreciation of the two Pakistanis that have ultimately torched hopes of an England series win.
Left-armers quicks, such as Wahab Riaz, and seductive leg-spinners, such as the now justifiably hyped Yasir Shah, can be individually mesmerising; in tandem, they make for a lethal cocktail and one England’s hard-handed batsmen, on another scorcher in the desert, could not resist drinking.Continue reading...
• Wallabies to face Argentina in the second semi-final
• Michael Cheika insists there is no risk with players
Australia’s David Pocock and Israel Folau confirmed their fitness for the semi-final against Argentina by coming through Saturday morning’s captain’s run without a reaction to the injuries that forced them to miss the quarter-final defeat of Scotland.
Pocock, the No8 who has won more turnovers than any other player in the tournament, has recovered from a calf injury while Folau, one of the world’s best players under the high ball, has overcome an ankle problem.Continue reading...
• Hurricane upstages Lewis Hamilton’s bid to seal third world title
Heavy rain and thunderstorms have continued to cause havoc at this weekend’s United States Grand Prix. Third practice was scheduled to start at 10am local time (4pm BST) on Saturday but circuit organisers have now delayed the opening of the track until midday (6pm BST) on safety grounds.
The Circuit of the Americas tweeted: “For the safety of our fans and employees, today’s opening has been delayed until noon. Further updates will be forthcoming.”Continue reading...
• Day three: Pakistan 378 & 222-3; England 242
• England staring at defeat after second Test collapse
Any ambition England may have had about forcing their way back into the second Test were firmly dispelled when they were bowled out by Pakistan before lunch in a vintage display of good old Chuckle Brothers deckchair batting. Two hours have all but cost them the match. On a surface that was far from spiteful, with Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow going well, they envisaged a lead, perhaps enough to make life as tricky for Pakistan as they had managed in Abu Dhabi. Instead the batting imploded against a mixture of wonderful, sustained left-arm pace bowling from Wahab Riaz, and mystery spin from Yasir Shah, the most important ingredient missing from the Pakistan team in the first Test.
Resuming the third day at 182 for three, they reached 206 before the dismissal of Root for 88 precipitated a calamitous procession that saw the last seven wickets fall for 36 in 18 overs. All out then for 242, it gave Pakistan a lead of 136, which by the close had been extended to 358, as Pakistan reached 222 for three: England have never scored more than 332 in the fourth innings to win a Test match.Continue reading...
Scott Arfield’s second-half winner ensured Burnley claimed back-to-back wins over Blackburn for the first time in 36 years as they sealed a 1-0 East Lancashire derby success.Continue reading...
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