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Bell ton rescues England LONDON: Ian Bell's third hundred in successive Ashes matches saw England fight back against Australia in the second Test at Lord's on Thursday.Ashes-holders England were 289 for seven at stumps on the first day, having been in dire straits at 28 for three when Bell came in.Yet just when it seemed England had regained control, part-time leg-spinner Steven Smith took three wickets for 18 runs in six overs late in the day.Tim Bresnan was seven not out and nightwatchman James Anderson four not out at the close.Bell's 109 was the same score as he made in the second innings of England's 14-run first Test win at Trent Bridge last week, with both these centuries following his 115 in the final match of the 2010/11 Ashes in Sydney.The 31-year-old was the fourth Englishman to score centuries in three consecutive Ashes Tests after Jack Hobbs, who did it twice, in 1911/12 and ...

DRS more dangerous than fixing: Rashid Latif KARACHI: Former captain Rashid Latif believed that a half-baked Umpires Decision Review System (UDRS) is far more dangerous than fixing. "With the current state the DRS, the actual purpose is not being served. The ICC should have launched it [DRS] after a methodical review to make it as error free as possible, let's say 99% , said Rashid Latif while talking to a local television channel on Thursday. "Initially the DRS was implemented with state-of-the-art ...
England bat against Australia in second Ashes Test LONDON: England captain Alastair Cook won the toss and elected to bat against Australia in the second Ashes Test at Lord's on Thursday.Ashes-holders England made one change from the side that won the first Test at Trent Bridge by just 14 runs on Sunday with Tim Bresnan replacing Steven Finn after the fast bowler was left out on his Middlesex home ground.Australia made two changes, with Usman Khawaja replacing Ed Cowan, who made scores of ...
Zaheer Abbas wants batsmen to show courage, responsibility to win ODI series KARACHI: Former batting great Zaheer Abbas has called upon the Pakistan batsmen to show courage, resilience and responsibility to win the One-Day International series against West Indies in their backyard.Awesome way the Pakistan team had started in first ODI, I was hoping a clean-sweep in the series.But it was a dramatic turnaround after a pathetic batting display despite a modest target", he told APP in an interview on Thursday."Conditions were perfectly suited to Pakistan team. ...
Sri Lanka scraps T20 tournament COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's cricket administrators scrapped their Twenty20 league Wednesday after franchise holders defaulted on payments for the tournament and failed to guarantee payments to players, a top official told AFP.Sri Lankan Cricket decided not to go ahead with the Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL) tournament and sack the seven franchise holders who failed to pay up, SLPL Director Ajit Jayasekera said."We will not have the tournament this year because the seven Indian franchise holders ...
Shoaib Akhtar amazed with Pakistan's stunning loss KARACHI: Former express fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar said he was amazed with Pakistan's disappointing performance in the second One-day International (ODI) against the West Indies in Georgetown (Guyana) on Tuesday."Pakistan team gave dead West Indies team a new lease of life with dismal show after a thrashing them by 126 runs in the other day", he said after Misbah's team suffered a surprise 37-run loss."What was the purpose of winning and allowing West Indies to ...
Arthur sues Australia for racial discrimination SYDNEY: Australia's first foreign-born coach Mickey Arthur Wednesday confirmed he was suing Cricket Australia for racial discrimination after being dumped from the job, while blasting the leaking of explosive case details to the media.The South African was axed just 16 days before the first Test against Ashes-holders England at Trent Bridge this month and replaced by former Australia batsman Darren Lehmann.His Australian-based lawyers said proceedings were filed with the Fair Work Commission (FWC) last week ...


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Banking Review 2013

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
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