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England 589-8 dec against Pakistan MANCHESTER: England captain Alastair Cook declared his side's first innings on 589 for eight after tea on the second day of the second Test against Pakistan at Old Trafford on Saturday.Joe Root top-scored with a Test-best 254, with opener Cook making 105 as extended his own record for most Test centuries by an England batsman to 29.The innings ended when Jonny Bairstow holed out for 58. Wahab Riaz took three for 106 in 26.2 overs.The left-arm quick was one of three Pakistan bowlers who conceded more than a hundred runs each.Leg-spinner Yasir Shah, who took a match-winning 10 for 141 as Pakistan went 1-0 up in the four-match series with a 75-run win at Lord's last week, finished the innings with figures of one for 213 in 54 overs.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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Root eyes double ton after Woakes flurry MANCHESTER: Joe Root pressed on towards 200 after Chris Woakes's brisk fifty saw England pile on the runs in the second Test against Pakistan at Old Trafford on Saturday's second day.At lunch, England were 427 for five, with Root 185 not out and the fit-again Ben Stokes unbeaten on six.Root's Test-best 200 not out against Sri Lanka at Lord's two years ago remains his lone double century at this level.But it was nightwatchman Woakes who ...

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Younis 92 runs away from becoming 13th highest run getter in tests The 37-year-old Younis khan needs just 92 more runs to go past Graeme Smith and become the 13th highest run-scorer in test cricket. Smith scored 9,265 runs in 117 matches during his illustrious career while the Pakistani great has so far made 9,174 runs in just 105 matches.Younis is Pakistan’s first batsman to complete 9,000 test runs and became the highest ranked batsman at fifth position during the last series against England in the UAE.Younis ...

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Old Trafford Test pivotal in deciding the series, says Inzamam Former Pakistan captain and current chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq has made it clear to the players, and conveyed a message to the whole team that they cannot afford to relax after the success of the first test. Speaking to Geo Super, Inzamam said his aim and goal was to see the national cricket team improve its ICC rankings in all three formats of the game.“We have done well in Test cricket but we have a chance ...

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Cook and Root keep Pakistan at bay MANCHESTER: Alastair Cook and Joe Root overcame the early loss of Alex Hales to leave England well-placed on 95 for one at lunch on the first day of the second Test against Pakistan at Old Trafford on Friday.Cook, who marked his 50th Test as England captain by winning the toss, was 40 not out and Root unbeaten on 41, with the hosts looking to bounce back from losing last week's first Test at Lord's.England's second-wicket ...

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Waqar advises Pakistan to stay calm, stick to basics at Old Trafford Former Pakistan head-coach Waqar Younis has advised the Pakistan players to stay calm and win over England in second Test at Old Trafford as the hosts seemed to have taken the defeat at Lord's seriouslyThe legendary Pakistani pacer took to his official account Twitter and said,Moreover, the man-of-the-match in the first Test, leggie Yasir Shah, received a lot of praise for his 10-for from the cricketing world. Pakistan team enjoyed the advantage of winning the ...

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England v Pakistan 2nd Test scoreboard MANCHESTER: Scoreboard at lunch on the first day of the second Test between England and Pakistan at Old Trafford on Friday:England 1st InningsA. Cook not out 40A. Hales b Mohammad Amir 10J. Root not out 41Extras (lb1, w2, nb1) 4Total (1 wkt, 27 overs, 120 mins) 95To bat: J Vince, G Ballance, J Bairstow, B Stokes, M Ali, C Woakes, S Broad, J AndersonFall of wickets: 1-25 (Hales)Bowling: Amir 9-2-30-1; Rahat 6-1-24-0; Riaz 6-1-17-0 (1nb, ...