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Gooch: England unfazed by Ajmal

Gooch: England unfazed by Ajmal

England found it tough against PCB XI spinner Yasir Shah, but batting coach Graham Gooch insists they will not be losing any sleep yet about Saeed Ajmal’s top-secret new mystery delivery.

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Cook century lifts England

Cook century lifts England

Opener Alastair Cook compiled an excellent 133 as England declared at 269 for nine on the opening day of their final warm-up match with the Pakistan Cricket Board XI, who closed on 23 without loss.

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Onions relishing England return

Onions relishing England return

Graham Onions was there at the start of England’s assault on the International Cricket Council’s Test rankings - and the Durham seamer now wants a piece of the action as an official world-beater.

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Strauss taken aback by Bresnan blow

Strauss taken aback by Bresnan blow

Captain Andrew Strauss admitted England's surprise at Tim Bresnan being ruled out of the Test series with Pakistan. "It’s come from left-field," Strauss said of Bresnan missing the three games.

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Bresnan to miss Pakistan Tests

Bresnan to miss Pakistan Tests

England all-rounder Tim Bresnan has been ruled out of the Test series against Pakistan, beginning on January 17. Bresnan’s right elbow flared up during his recent return to a bowling programme.

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Smooth Strauss fifty sets up win

Smooth Strauss fifty sets up win

England beat the ICC XI by three wickets in Dubai. Chasing 261 in a minimum of 69 overs, Andrew Strauss put them on course with 78 from 96 balls and his side reached their target in the 61st over.

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Cook calm after England labour

Cook calm after England labour

Alastair Cook cited England’s “rustiness”, in their first outing for several months, as the main reason for their below-par performance with the bat on day two of their tour match against an ICC XI in Dubai.

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England declare their intentions

England declare their intentions

England capitalised on Andrew Strauss’ bold declaration, 96 behind, by reducing the the ICC XI to 90 for five at stumps, 186 in front. Alastair Cook top-scored with 76 of a disappointing 185 for eight.

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England prepared to put in hard yards

England prepared to put in hard yards

England know for sure they are in for three instalments of “old-school Test cricket”, according to Stuart Broad, with Pakistan after the first day's play on their tour of the United Arab Emirates.

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Broad shines on England comeback

Broad shines on England comeback

Stuart Broad made an immediate impact on his England return with 4-46, including Christi Viljoen who was last out for 98 in a total of 281. Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook reached 16 for none.

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