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Chappell's criticism 'uncalled for and unbecoming', Misbah hits back Pakistan's Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq has lashed out at Australia's great Ian Chappell's criticisms of Pakistan, saying they were "uncalled for and unbecoming" of someone with the latter's stature in the game."The comments do not make any sense or suit a cricketer of his stature," wrote Misbah in his column for cricket.com.au. He asked whether Australia's abysmal recent record in Asia warranted a similar rethink.Australia have lost their last nine Tests in a row in India, the UAE and Sri Lanka; since 2008 they have lost 13 of their 18 Tests in Asia and won only one, ESPNcricinfo reported."Australia themselves have been on the losing side in the recent away tours. They were clean swept by a Sri Lanka side that did not have Mahela Jayawardena or Kumar Sangakkara and some of their players didn't even have 10 Tests to their names, wrote the 42-year-old Pakistani skipper.Speaking to ESPNcricinfo minutes after ...

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Wade hits last-ball century to guide Australia to 268-9 BRISBANE: Wicketkeeper Matthew Wade hit a run off the last ball to reach a century as Australia scored 268 for nine off their 50 overs in the first one-day international against Pakistan in Brisbane on Friday.Wade saved the Australian innings after the batting top order slumped to 78 for five after winning the toss.Wade, who has been under pressure to score runs after a lean spell, turned the innings in a 82-run stand with all-rounder ...

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Shakib double ton crushes New Zealand WELLINGTON: A double century from Shakib Al Hasan and a ton from Mushfiqur Rahim hammered New Zealand as records tumbled and Bangladesh took control of the first Test on Friday.They closed day two at Wellington's Basin Reserve on 542-7, subjecting New Zealand to a harsh day on the field.Shakib fell 15 minutes before stumps for 217, the highest score ever by a Bangladesh player.Mushfiqur went a short time earlier for 159 after the pair had ...

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Amla hits century in 100th Test JOHANNESBURG: Hashim Amla made a century in his 100th Test match as he and JP Duminy put South Africa in command on the first day of the third and final Test against Sri Lanka on Thursday.South Africa reached 338 for three at the close of play, with Amla unbeaten on 125 at the Wanderers Stadium.Duminy made 155 before he was caught at second slip off Lahiru Kumara in the penultimate over of the day, ending ...

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Former captain questions Mohammad Amir's inability to swing Pakistan former captain and opening batsman Aamer Sohail has been critical of fast bowler Mohammad Amir, saying that the left-hander is a shadow of his former self, as he is unable to swing the ball.Mohammad Amir was unable to live up to his name, despite making a much-hyped international cricket comeback, after serving a five year ban for spot-fixing."A lot was expected from Amir in this series and to be fair to him, a lot ...

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Miandad calls Azhar Ali to show leadership against Aussies ISLAMABAD: Former batting legend Javed Miandad fears Pakistan five-match ODI series against Australia starting in Brisbane from Friday, wont be an easy one and the green-shirts would have to play with all their might to save them from going into the qualifiers of the World Cup 2019.Pakistan is in serious danger of failing to qualify directly for the ICC CWC 2019 in the United Kingdom as it currently sits on eighth position in the ODI ...

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Ali eyes World Cup, as Pakistan desperate for wins It seems that the embarrassing whitewash at the hands of Australia was not enough for Pakistan, which now risks crashing out of World Cup, if it didnt win against the Aussies in the 50 overs format. Pakistan is in serious danger of failing to qualify directly for the International Cricket Council's (ICC) World Cup 2019 to be held in the United Kingdom as it currently sits on eighth position in the ODI Team Rankings. Pakistan ...