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Saqlain Mushtaq to assist England against Pakistan CHESTER-LE-STREET: Saqlain Mushtaq, the former Pakistan off-spinner, will help coach England during their upcoming home Test series against Pakistan.An England team spokesman said Saturday that it was planned for Mushtaq to join the side during the second game of the four-Test series at Manchester's Old Trafford ground in July to aid England's spinners and help home batsmen in their playing of slow bowling.It's possible that Mushtaq could become England's new full-time spin-bowling coach, although he has not yet signed an agreement with the England and Wales Cricket Board. But the 39-year-old Mushtaq clearly believed the paperwork would be a formality given he tweeted Saturday: "Looking forward to working with @ECB_cricket prayers and wishes required."Muhstaq took 208 wickets in 49 Tests from 1995 to 2004 and was regarded as a pioneer of the 'doosra' a ball bowled with a conventional off-break action that spins away rather than towards a right-handed batsman.He ...

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Sri Lanka 32-1 against England CHESTER-LE-STREET: Sri Lanka were 32 for one in reply to England's first innings 498 for nine declared, a deficit of 466 runs, at tea on the second day of the second Test at the Riverside on Saturday.Kaushal Silva was nine not out and Kusal Mendis 14 not out.Earlier, Moeen Ali's Test-best 155 not out was the centrepiece of England's total.England lead this three-match series 1-0 after their innings and 88-run victory in the first Test ...

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England 498-9 dec against Sri Lanka CHESTER-LE-STREET: England captain Alastair Cook, after winning the toss, declared his side's first innings on a total of 498 for nine on the second day of the second Test against Sri Lanka at the Riverside on Saturday.Moeen Ali made a Test-best 155 not, including 70 of the 90 England made after lunch before Cook closed the innings.Nuwan Pradeep took four for 107 in 33 overs, while left-arm spinner Rangana Herath's lone wicket of the innings ...

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King Kohli eyes maiden IPL crown for Bangalore BANGALORE: The imperious Virat Kohli will be eyeing a fairytale ending Sunday to a record-breaking season when he leads the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League's final against Sunrisers Hyderabad.Kohli has been in the form of his life since the recent World Twenty20 where he was instrumental in taking India to the semi-finals before the hosts' heartbreaking loss to the West Indies.The 27-year-old was named player of the tournament after scoring 273 runs ...

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England offers Saqlain Mushtaq bowling consultancy Pakistan’s former Test Spinner Saqlain Mushtaq has revealed there is an offer for him from the English and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to work as a spin consultant.According to media reports, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is looking to rope in Pakistan's former Test spinner Saqlain Mushtaq on a short-term contract when England hosts Pakistan for two and a half months long later this summer.The Guardian reported that ECB has approached the spin-wizard and ...

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Kohli eyes maiden IPL crown for Bangalore BANGALORE: The imperious Virat Kohli will be eyeing a fairytale ending Sunday to a record-breaking season when he leads the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League's final against Sunrisers Hyderabad.Kohli has been in the form of his life since the recent World Twenty20 where he was instrumental in taking India to the semi-finals before the hosts' heartbreaking loss to the West Indies.The 27-year-old was named player of the tournament after scoring 273 runs ...

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England tour to be a learning ground for youngsters, says star all-rounder Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi believes that English conditions is a great platform to learn and will surely help Pakistani youngsters who are going there along with experience players like Misbahul Haq and Younus Khan in July.According to media reports, “No doubt English team is one of the best,” said Afridi. “They are playing well in their own conditions; the way James Anderson and Stuart Broad are bowling. It will be a big test for youngsters ...