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Australia's Starc can pass 300 wickets: McDermott NEW DELHI: Former Australia cricketer and bowling coach Craig McDermott has heaped praise on Mitchell Starc ahead of a Test series in Sri Lanka, predicting the pacer will easily cross the 300-wicket mark.Starc has bagged 91 wickets from 25 Tests so far in his international career, and Australian coach Darren Lehmann is among those who have already said the 26-year-old can eventually reach the milestone."I think that's underselling him," McDermott told AFP this week in New Delhi where he is promoting his sports academy."I think Mitchell can certainly sail past the 300-wicket mark and can get many more.""And I would love to be there to shake his hand when he passes 300 because it's a hell of a milestone for any bowler," said McDermott, who recently quit as Australia's bowling coach.The lanky pacer, who missed the second half of Australia's Test summer and the World Twenty20 in India with an ...

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‘Some foreign players’ ready to play PSL final in Lahore, says Sethi Pakistan Super League (PSL) chairman Najam Sethi expressed on Wednesday that some foreign players have agreed to play the final of the second edition of the Twenty20 league.Speaking to media representatives on Wednesday evening, he said: “I will not disclose the names of the foreign players who have agreed to play in Lahore but I can assure you that the final here will be bigger than the one held in the UAE.” Sethi said this ...

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Yasir Shah’s injury scares Pakistan Pakistani leg-spinner Yasir Shah has reportedly suffered a worrying injury scare on Wednesday when he was knocked to the floor in the nets by one of his own bowlers.Yasir, 30, was helped up from the floor by Wahab Riaz and attended by Pakistan’s team doctor before returning to the dressing room, holding his left arm, in clear discomfort. Team management insisted the bowler would be “okay” and was not a doubt for the second Test ...

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Old Trafford condition will suit Pakistan Pakistan’s newly appointed fielding coach Steve Rixon feels that the conditions in Manchester suit Pakistan's bowling attack more than those at Lord’s.Pakistan won the first Investec Test to take a 1-0 lead in the four-match series, with Yasir Shah claiming ten wickets in the match.According to ESPN Cricinfo, “This pitch will suit both forms of our attack," Rixon said. “I think our seamers will do very well here with the extra bounce. They had a ...

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Yasir Shah is best leg-spinner since Warne: Stokes MANCHESTER: England all-rounder Ben Stokes hailed Pakistan's Yasir Shah on Wednesday as the best leg-spinner since Australia great Shane Warne.Shah bowled Pakistan to a 75-run win over England in the first Test at Lord's last week with a brilliant match-haul of 10 for 141.His return left Shah atop the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test bowler rankings and was all the more impressive as the pitch at Lord's did not offer excessive turn.That left Shah with ...

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Yasir Shah: Struggling domestic cricketer to new leg-spin maestro Pakistan’s new leg-spin maestro Yasir Shah had no facilities to sharpen up his talent in his hometown Swabi and spent his life like a journeyman across the country to become what he is today.Yasir Shah has knocked England's James Anderson off the top of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test rankings in the aftermath of his match-winning heroics at Lord's. Remarkably, Yasir's superb display came in his first test outside of Asia and the United ...

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Stroke and James to make difference in 2nd test: Wasim ISLAMABAD: Legendary former bowler Wasim Akram said Wednesday that the return of Ben Stroke and James Anderson in the squad will improve overall performance of English team.Talking to private new channel, Wasim said Pakistan must remain composed and cautious in next game as England may make a comeback in coming test."English team will be careful of Yasir Shah", he said.To a question he said, "Saqlain Mushtaq's presence in the English camp will definitely make a ...