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Golden opportunity for Pakistan to beat India in ICC Test rankings As England, Pakistan, India and West Indies are currently playing Test cricket, there is major shake-up on the cards on top of the ICC Test ranking table, depending how these two series will turn out, and the small difference in points between these teams throws up a number of interesting scenarios.A win for Pakistan in the series, by a 2-1 or 3-1 margin, will help it pull down India into second position, a place where Pakistan has reached only once since the officials’ rankings were launched in 2003, according to a local media report.Relatively, the second-ranked India will have to beat the West Indies by a margin of 3-0 or better to stay at 112 points and to not lose crucial points in the ICC team rankings.Similarly, the top-ranked Australia will have to win 2-0 or better against Sri Lanka to ensure they don’t go below the current 118 points ...

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England bat against Pakistan in 2nd Test MANCHESTER: England captain Alastair Cook won the toss and elected to bat against Pakistan in the second Test at Old Trafford on Friday.England made two changes from the side that lost the first of this four-Test series by 75 runs at Lord's last week.As expected, England recalled James Anderson, their all-time leading wicket-taker, on his Lancashire home ground after he missed the first Test because the selectors were uncertain of the paceman's fitness following a ...

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Lord's inspired Pakistan moves to bowling friendly Old Trafford High on morale Pakistan moves to Old TraffordPakistan would certainly in high moral and full of confidence after the victory at historic Lords ground, where Captain Misbah made a scintillating century, Yasir took a 10 wickets haul and much awaited Amir made his came back after 6 years.The unpredictable weather plays a crucial role in the game of cricket, and luck favors those who take right decision at the right time.Manchester weather would remain generally ...

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Ageless Misbah-ul-Haq  speaks up about his  unusual 'push-ups' Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq was adamant his unusual press-up celebrations at Lord’s were in no way aimed at England.No disrespect for opposition — they (England) are a fine team and we know their strengths,” Misbah told reporters at Old Trafford on Thursday, a day out from the start of the second Test at the Manchester ground. “The celebrations were nothing to do with England, only a gesture for those we worked with.”Following Pakistan’s emphatic 75-run ...

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Anderson, Stokes return improve England's chances, says Wasim For the next four days, both teams battled head to head, England seemed to have taken the defeat against Pakistan at Lord's seriously. Legendary fast-bowler Wasim Akram expressed that the return of Ben Stokes and James Anderson will prove to be pivotal for the English cricket team.Pakistan celebrated their victory over England in the first Test at Lord's on Sunday. England recalled Stokes, Anderson, and Adil Rashid for the second Test, which begins on Friday.According ...

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Cricket: West Indies v India 1st Test scoreboard NORTH SOUND: Scoreboard at stumps on the opening day of the first Test between the West Indies and India at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Thursday.India 1st inningsM. Vijay c K. Brathwaite b Gabriel 7S. Dhawan lbw b Bishoo 84C. Pujara c K. Brathwaite b Bishoo 16V. Kohli not out 143A. Rahane c Bravo b Bishoo 22R. Ashwin not out 22Extras (b4, lb2, nb2) 8Total (90 overs, 4 wickets) 302To bat: W. ...

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Bishoo strikes as Kohli reaches 3,000 Test runs NORTH SOUND: Devendra Bishoo snared wickets at both ends of the afternoon session but India progressed to 179 for three at tea on the opening day of the first Test against the West Indies at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium on Thursday.Despite the leg-spinner's success, Shikhar Dhawan's determined innings of 84 and an aggressive unbeaten 64 from captain Virat Kohli dominated play after lunch.Kohli also passed 3,000 runs in Test cricket in the process.The pair ...