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Ton-up Younis defies Australia in first Test DUBAI: Younis Khan hit a record-equalling century to guide Pakistan to 219-4 on the opening day of the first Test against Australia in Dubai on Wednesday.The 36-year-old right hander scored 106 for his 25th century to help Pakistan counter the fiery pace of Mitchell Johnson (3-22) after Pakistan won the toss and decided to bat on a flat, grass-less Dubai stadium pitch.At close, skipper Misbah-ul Haq was unbeaten on 34 and with him Asad Shafiq not out nine.Batting on 99, Younis jumped out of his crease to hit off-spinner Nathan Lyon for a big six to reach the three-figure mark off 220 balls, equalling Pakistan's record for most hundreds held by Inzamam-ul Haq.Younis reached the mark in his 92nd Test as compared to Inzamam's 120.He also became the first Pakistani to score a hundred against all nine Test opponents, and overall the 12th batsmen in the world to reach the ...

Younis, Ali steady Pakistan in first Test DUBAI: Younis Khan and Azhar Ali scored patient half-centuries to steady Pakistan after they lost two early wickets in the first Test against Australia in Dubai on Wednesday.Younis was still holding the fort with a fighting 52 and Misbah-ul Haq was unbeaten on eight taking their team to 125-3 at the interval after Pakistan won the toss and decided to bat on a flat, grass-less Dubai stadium pitch.Mitchell Johnson, who has figures of 2-18 in ...
Pakistan 125-3 at tea in first Test DUBAI: Pakistan, who won the toss and batted, were 125-3 at tea on the first day of the opening Test against Australia in Dubai on Wednesday.Younis Khan was unbeaten on a fighting 52 and Misbah-ul Haq eight not out at the interval after Pakistan lost two early wickets to Australian new-ball pair of Mitchell Johnson and Peter Siddle.Mohammad Hafeez was leg-before to Johnson for nought while Ahmed Shahzad made only three before he was bowled ...
Bangladesh appeals against reduced Ashraful ban DHAKA: Bangladeshi and international cricket authorities have jointly appealed against a reduced match ban for former captain Mohammad Ashraful for match-fixing, an official said on Wednesday.The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and the International Cricket Council (ICC) lodged the appeal this week after a ban imposed on the one-time prodigy was reduced from eight to five years, said BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury.The appeal was lodged with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne."Our ...
Pakistan bats in first Australia Test DUBAI: Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq won the toss and decided to bat in the first Test against Australia in Dubai on Wednesday.Pakistan, without their ace spinner Saeed Ajmal who was last month suspended for illegal bowling action, gave debuts to leg-spinner Yasir Shah and paceman Imran Khan.They have also included a second spinner, left-armer Zulfiqar Babar.Australia handed Test caps to allrounder Mitchell Marsh and left-armer Steve O'Keefe, and second spinner to Nathan Lyon. The second ...
West Indies seek India meeting in bid to solve crisis BRIDGETOWN: West Indies Cricket Board directors are seeking a meeting with their Indian counterparts in a bid to minimise the potentially colossal consequences of the unprecedented abandonment of the tour of India by the Caribbean side last week.The West Indies cut short their tour last Friday because of an internal pay dispute, even though the fifth one-day international, a Twenty20 match and three Tests still remained to be played.India retaliated by cancelling a tour scheduled ...
Clarke, Misbah ready for spin challenge DUBAI: Skippers Michael Clarke and Misbah-ul Haq Tuesday agreed spin will play a major role in the first of two Tests between Australia and Pakistan starting in Dubai from Wednesday.Australia have practiced on a specially prepared spin pitch at Brisbane in the lead up and hired world record Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan to learn how to bowl and play spin.Despite ace spinner Saeed Ajmal being suspended due to an illegal bowling action, Pakistan will ...


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