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McCullum vows to maintain aggressive style LEEDS: New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum was adamant his side would stick with their attacking approach to Test cricket come their series finale against England at Headingley starting Friday.The Black Caps suffered a 124-run loss in the first Test at Lord's, concluded on Monday, to go 1-0 down in this two-match series.New Zealand may have been unbeaten in their six previous Test series but their tactics, which included repeatedly bouncing Ben Stokes while the England all-rounder was making an 85-ball century, the quickest ever in a Lord's Test, were called into question following the defeat."I feel it's our greatest opportunity to win a Test match and series," McCullum told reporters at Headingley on Thursday."Obviously, we went down the other day, but I thought we played some pretty good cricket throughout that Test match -- and credit to England that they were good enough to run us down."This is how the ...

Cook says he owes it all to Gooch LEEDS: England captain Alastair Cook may be on the verge of breaking Graham Gooch's England Test runs record but he insisted on Thursday that his mentor was still in a class of his own.Cook, following his majestic 162 in England's 124-run win in the first Test against New Zealand at Lord's, now needs just 32 more runs in the second Test at Headingley, starting on Friday, to surpass Gooch's mark of 8,900 Test runs.If he ...

Kvitova struggles but advances in French Open   PARIS: Fourth seed Petra Kvitova reached the third round of the French Open on Thursday with a 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-2 win over Spain's Silvia Soler-Espinosa.But it was another nervy showing from the Wimbledon champion who was taken to the limit in her opening match against New Zealander Marina Erakovic.The Czech Fed Cup winner, a semi-finalist at Roland Garros in 2012, dropped serve twice in the opening set before the more consistent Soler-Espinosa took the ...

Pakistan eye series win against Chigumbura-less Zimbabwe    LAHORE: Pakistan are targeting their first series win in 17 months in the second day-night match in Lahore on Friday, hoping to capitalise on the suspension of Zimbabwe's in-form captain Elton Chigumbura.Pakistan's last one-day series win came against Sri Lanka in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in February 2014 before embarking on a five-series losing streak.Having won the first of three-matches by 41 runs in Lahore on Tuesday, Pakistan captain Azhar Ali said he hoped ...

Schiavone edges Kuznetsova in French Open marathon PARIS: Francesca Schiavone and Svetlana Kuznetsova played the third longest women singles ever in the French Open on Thursday in a clash of two former tournament winners that went the full distance.It took them 3 hours 50 minutes before Schiavone staggered past the winning post and into the third round 6-7 (11/13), 7-5, 10-8, but even that was no match going up against the match they played at the 2011 Australian Open.Schiavone also won on ...

Ancelotti mulling AC Milan offer    ROME: AC Milan are bidding to lure back Carlo Ancelotti, who was sacked this week by Spanish giants Real Madrid, the Italian club's vice-president Adriano Galliani confirmed on Thursday.Ancelotti lead Real to their 10th elite European title last season but was sacked after the club finished runners-up to Barcelona in La Liga and lost to Juventus in the semi-finals of this year's Champions League."The deadline for a reply is Wednesday, June 3," Galliani told journalists ...

Nadal breezes into French Open third round PARIS: Nine-time champion Rafael Nadal breezed into the French Open third round on Thursday with a comfortable 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 win over fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro.Sixth seed Nadal will face either Austria's Jurgen Melzer or Andrey Kuznetsov of Russia for a place in the last 16.The victory was Nadal's 13th win over Almagro in 14 meetings.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015


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