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‘The boys played well’: Of cricket and the English language

I was one among a crush of journalists crammed into the media room at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata the day Shahid Afridi’s foot-in-mouth disease relapsed. It was ghastly. “I’ve not enjoyed playing anywhere as much as I have in India,” the irrepressible Afridi, as effervescent as a freshly-opened can ...

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Umar Gul, Irfan bidding to make ODI squad

LAHORE: The national selection committee has delayed the announcement of the Pakistan squad for the upcoming ODI series against Ireland and England after rain thwarted bid to ascertain the match fitness of pace bowlers Umar Gul and Mohammad Irfan. Pakistan, who are currently trailing 2-1 in the Test series against ...

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Brazil on brink of Olympics elimination after Iraq draw

RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazil face another embarrassing exit from a tournament on home soil after Neymar slumbered through a second 0-0 draw of Rio 2016 against Iraq. The Olympic hosts need to beat group leaders Denmark on Wednesday to win to avoid a stunning exit, just two years after their ...

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Reverse-swing left Pakistan batsmen clueless, says Misbah

BIRMINGHAM: Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq believed the 141-run defeat at Edgbaston in the third Test against England was due to the host pacers’ reverse-swing, which left his batsmen clueless after lunch on the final day. Pakistan, set a huge target of 343 for victory after England declared on 445 for six ...

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Comment: Close contest poised for a thrilling end

A SELL-OUT crowd of well over 25.000 people at Edgbaston couldn’t have asked for more than what they experienced on the third day, absorbing, intense and entertaining cricket. In the first period of play Pakistan batsmen stuck it out to take a crucial lead of 103. In the last session, ...

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Edgbaston Test: Misbah sends England in to bat after winning toss

BIRMINGHAM: Misbah-ul-Haq on Wednesday elected to bowl first against Alastair Cook-led England in the third of the four-Test series here. Coming into the match after a 330-run drubbing at Old Trafford, the Pakistan Test skipper has made two changes in the line-up. Twenty-year-old opener Sami Aslam replaces Shan Masood and ...

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Pakistan reworking plans on Cook and Root, says Arthur

After a 330-run drubbing by Alastair Cook-led England, Pakistan have adjusted their plans for the English Test skipper and Joe Root ahead of Wednesday’s contest at Edgbaston, the touring side’s coach Mickey Arthur has said, adding he considers the duo as the backbone of England’s batting. Root scored 254 and ...

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