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Cook fails again as England collapse against India LONDON: England captain Alastair Cook's dreadful run of form continued as he was dismissed for just 22 on the fourth day of the second Test against India at Lord's on Sunday.The left-handed opener fell in all-too familiar fashion when, having batted for more than two hours, he pushed at a ball outside off stump from seamer Ishant Sharma and was caught behind for the second time in the match by opposing captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.That made it 27 innings since the 29-year-old Cook had scored the last of his England record 25 Test hundreds.And it also meant that Cook had totalled a meagre 129 runs in nine Test innings this calendar year.The more immediate concern for England was that Cook's latest dismissal came during a collapse that saw England lose three wickets for two runs as they slumped to 72 for four chasing an imposing 319 for victory in a ...

India eye Lord's triumph as Cook fails again LONDON: India were on the brink of just their second Test win at Lord's as Alastair Cook's latest failure with the bat prolonged the debate about his future as England captain.England were 105 for four at stumps on Sunday's fourth day, needing a further 214 runs to reach their victory target of 319.But the odds were on India going 1-0 up in this five-match series, after last week's draw at Trent Bridge, and recording only ...
England 105-4 against India at fourth day close LONDON: England were 105 for four, needing a further 214 runs to reach their victory target of 319, at stumps on the fourth day of the second Test at Lord's on Sunday.Joe Root was 14 not out and Moeen Ali 15 not out.The five-match series is level at 0-0 after the first Test at Trent Bridge last week was drawn.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Smith calls time on Surrey stint LONDON: South Africa great Graeme Smith will not be returning to Surrey next season, the English county announced Sunday.The former Proteas captain, who was the London club's skipper, played just three matches for Surrey last season because of an ankle injury and was ruled out for the rest of the ongoing campaign after fracturing his knee in May, subsequently undergoing surgery.Now doctors have told 33-year-old left-handed opener Smith, who retired from international cricket in March ...
England set 319 to win second Test against India LONDON: England were set a stiff target of 319 to win the second Test against India on the fourth day at Lord's on Sunday.India in their second innings were bowled out for 342, with opener Murali Vijay making 95 following his 146 in the drawn first Test at Trent Bridge last week.Ravindra Jadeja followed up with 68 while tailender Bhuvneshwar Kumar made 52 -- his third fifty in four innings this series.Seam bowlers Ben Stokes ...
Umar Akmal to improve his shot selection in Test matches KARACHI: Pakistan's highly rated batsman Umar Akmal is looking to improve his shot selection after being recalled in the Test team after three years. "I had problems in shot selection in Test matches. But I am now fully focused to put up an improved performance in the Test series against Sri Lanka," he told a private television channel on Saturday night. "I had already launched my plans with new management including new batting coach Grant ...
Bangladesh's Shakib apologises, appeals for reduced ban DHAKA: Suspended all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan apologised on Sunday and appealed to the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to reduce the six-month ban slapped on him earlier this month for misbehaviour.Bangladesh's most prominent cricketer was punished for what the BCB called a "severe attitude problem" and the board also decided not to allow him to play in overseas competitions until the end of 2015."I admitted that my behaviour was not mature. I apologise for this. In ...


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