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Root and Bell lead England recovery NORTH SOUND: England's fourth-wicket pair of Ian Bell and Joe Root dominated the second session of the first Test against the West Indies to lift the tourists to 167 for three at tea on the opening day at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Monday.Bell resumes after the interval on 69 alongside Root (61 not out), the pair having put on 133 at a run-a-minute, rescuing their side from the considerable discomfort of 34 for three in the morning after West Indies captain Denesh Ramdin decided to bowl first on winning the toss.In stark contrast to the struggles of their teammates at the top of the order, both batsmen played fluently on a pitch offering little assistance to the bowlers, all of whom struggled to capture the discipline and purpose of the first two hours' play.England's woes started in the very first over as Jonathan Trott, in his ...

Birthday boy Aamer targets steady progress in Pakistan comeback   KARACHI: Pacer Mohammad Aamer's 23rd birthday celebrations were marred by a hamstring injury Monday as the former prodigy downplayed hopes of a speedy international recall following a four-year ban for spot-fixing.Currently turning out for Omar Associates in Pakistan's Grade-II tournament, Aamer, who has bagged an impressive 22 wickets in four matches, was forced to sit out of the final against Karachi Port Trust at the National Sports Stadium in Karachi.Regarded as one of world cricket's ...
Razzaq slams Waqar Younis for neglecting experienced players Pakistani all-rounder Abdul Razzaq slams Pakistan's head coach Waqar Younis for neglecting senior and experienced players of Pakistan cricket team. According to Press Trust of India, Razzaq said in an interview, “Waqar Younis has some sort of hidden agenda against senior players and whenever he has been appointed coach he has shunted them out and tried to destroy their careers”. “When he first became coach in 2011, he targeted me and Mohammad Yousuf and the ...
Taylor's ton run continues on Championship debut LONDON: Former Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor marked his County Championship debut for Nottinghamshire with a hundred against Middlesex at Lord's on Sunday.The 29-year-old rounded off his international career by making back-to-back hundreds against Ireland and India at the recent World Cup in Australia and New Zealand and then made 105 on his debut appearance for Nottinghamshire against Loughborough MCC University.His rich vein of form continued at the 'home of cricket' on Sunday as Taylor, for ...
Pietersen celebrates England 'lifeline' with Surrey ton LONDON: Kevin Pietersen said he'd been offered a "lifeline" after he capped what could turn out to be a memorable week in his turbulent career with a century on his Surrey return.Pietersen has not played for England since being controversially axed last year following the 5-0 Ashes series loss in Australia.But this week saw the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) sack managing director Paul Downton, who played a key role in the decision to ...
Paceman Sohail out of Bangladesh cricket tour KARACHI: Pakistan spearhead Sohail Khan was Sunday ruled out of the tour of Bangladesh after suffering a back injury and was replaced by Junaid Khan.This is the second injury setback for Pakistan after batsman Sohaib Maqsood was also ruled out last week due to a fractured arm.Sohail, 31, suffered the injury on the last day of team's training session in Lahore after breaking down in his fourth over of a practise match.Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) ...
'Stronger' Trott expects 50th test cap on Monday LONDON: Jonathan Trott believes his battle against depression has made him stronger and the former bedrock of England's batting lineup is confident of winning his 50th test cap in Monday's first test against the West Indies in Antigua.The 33-year-old has not played for England since quitting the 2013-14 Ashes Tour with stress-related problems."I set myself unrealistically high expectations that I couldn't achieve," Trott, who scored 72 in a warm-up game on Tuesday, told Sky Sports."I ...


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