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Boycott tells Cook to stop getting in a spin over critics BIRMINGHAM: England great Geoffrey Boycott has told current skipper Alastair Cook to accept "constructive" criticism from former players.Cook labelled Graeme Swann a "so-called friend" after the retired former England off-spinner said the side "did not have a cat in hell's chance " of winning next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.Swann also said opening batsman Cook should quit the one-day game as his style was not suited to white-ball cricket but remain as Test captain.Since Swann made his initial remarks, England have fallen 2-0 behind, with two to play, in an ongoing one-day series at home to world champions India, with the longstanding problem of how to play spin bowling again proving a thorn in their side. "England need a fresh approach but they also need to be able to accept constructive criticism from ex-players like myself," said Boycott in his Daily Telegraph column published Monday."Just look how ...


Lack of Italian players in Serie A worries Conte FLORENCE: New Italy coach Antonio Conte on Monday bemoaned the lack of Italian players turning out for Serie A clubs."I've read that I'm being criticised for not selecting any first team (Serie A) striker except (Simone) Zaza (Sassuolo) but when I go to all the Serie A sides all the attackers are foreigners," he said.Conte was speaking at a press conference after a training session in Florence ahead of Thursday's friendly against the Netherlands."It's not ...

Srinivasan in limbo as IPL probe extended NEW DELHI: India's Supreme Court Monday gave investigators another two months to probe allegations of corruption in cricket as they blocked a bid by ICC president N. Srinivasan to resume his role as head of the national board.Srinivasan, who was forced by the court in March to stand aside as chief of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) pending investigations, now heads the International Cricket Council -- the game's world governing body.The ...

Falcao leads Europe transfer frenzy PARIS: Manchester United swooped from nowhere on Monday to make striker Radamel Falcao the surprise big signing on the last day of Europe's record-breaking summer transfer window.British media said the Colombian would have to pass a medical to seal the move from Monaco in a one year loan that pushes United's spending since the opening of the transfer market on June 9 above £150 million ($250 million).Teams from the top leagues in England, Spain, Germany, ...

Suarez pops by for Liverpool farewell LONDON: Barcelona striker Luis Suarez said goodbye to his former Liverpool team-mates during a visit to the club's Melwood training base on Monday, captain Steven Gerrard revealed.Gerrard published a photograph on his Instagram account of Suarez handing him a signed 'SUAREZ 9' Barcelona shirt, accompanied by the message: "He is back bearing gifts."Emotional saying goodbye to the main man this morning. Best wishes to a phenomenal player."Suarez later posted a picture on Twitter showing him ...

Inconsistent performance has led to loss: Miandad ISLAMABAD: Legendary batsman Javed Miandad feels the inconsistent performance of the green-shirts led to loss in the Test and ODI series against Sri Lanka.Pakistan lost the Test and ODI series against Sri Lanka last month. Talking to APP, the 124-Test veteran said Pakistan side always lacked consistency and it is the only thing if improved can tackle any team.Miandad said a cricket committee should be revived comprising former cricketers as it was in the previous ...

Gallacher gives McGinley a major selection headache LONDON: European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley faces a tricky wildcard selection dilemma following Stephen Gallacher's brilliant final round in the Italian Open on Sunday.Gallacher carded a sparkling 65 to finish third in Turin, one place short of securing the ninth and final automatic qualifying spot for this month's match against the United States.But the manner of his performance and the fact he is Scottish and lives near the Gleneagles course which is hosting the ...


 



 
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