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Cairns ordered me to fix ICL matches - Vincent

Lou Vincent, the former New Zealand batsman, has claimed he was acting under "direct orders" from Chris Cairns when he agreed to fix Indian Cricket League matches in 2008.

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LIVE -- Pakistan vs. England

Follow live ball-by-ball coverage of England's 1st Test against Pakistan as Adil Rashid wins his 1st cap on their tour of the United Arab Emirates.

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Preview: England prepare to feel the heat

For all that they travel as Ashes winners, the erratic nature of England's recent record coupled with Pakistan's formidable record in their home-from-home means that a stern lesson in desert warfare is most likely on the cards this time around.

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Anderson calls on quicks to make every over count

James Anderson is set to return as the father-figure of England's pace attack against Pakistan after missing the final two Ashes Tests due to a side injury and is he making his presence felt.

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Root facing up to latest challenge

Joe Root, England's vice captain, has had some time off since the Ashes but insists that England are well enough prepared for Pakistan.

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Vettori to work with English spinners

Daniel Vettori is to work with the England Performance Programme spinners next month in Dubai, helping Surrey allrounder Zafar Ansari and new Sussex signing Danny Briggs, Tom Westley of Essex and Lancashire's Stephen Parry.

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Finn ruled out with foot injury

Steven Finn has been ruled out of the first Test against Pakistan with a "bone stress injury" to his left foot.

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England braced for heat of the moment

Amid the chaos of Pakistani cricket, the Test side has become a relative beacon of calmness and solidity. England start the series as underdogs in the heat of the UAE.

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Moeen and Hales waste final England auditions

England completed their final warm-up match ahead of the Test series with an increasingly farcical day of batting against Pakistan A in Sharjah.

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Finn four-for presses Test case

Steven Finn gave his chances of playing in the first Test a significant boost as he took four early wickets before England's bowlers capped off an encouraging day by reducing Pakistan A to 192 for 12.

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Moeen shines as tour match is drawn

Moeen Ali collected three wickets against Pakistan A to boost his confidence ahead of what will be a vital role he has to play in the Test series, but England were given a taste of what could loom over the next month.

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Mohammad Isam

Hossain arrested for alleged assault on 11-year-old

Bangladesh fast bowler Shahadat Hossain was sent to prison on Monday after he surrendered before a Dhaka court and sought bail in a case filed against him for allegedly assaulting a housemaid.

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Moeen and Hales prepare for shoot-out

Alex Hales and Moeen Ali will each be given the chance to stake a claim to be Alastair Cook's opening partner for the Test series against Pakistan, according to England's head coach, Trevor Bayliss.

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Buttler will come back stronger - Jones

Geraint Jones, England's 2005 Ashes-winning wicketkeeper, has backed Jos Buttler for a swift return to form in the first Test against Pakistan following his much-needed break during the recent ODIs against Australia.

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Broad named Test Player of the Year

Stuart Broad takes the England honours at the PCA Awards, while Durham's Chris Rushworth hopes taking the top county prize will lead to an international call-up.

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Bairstow crowned Player of the Year

Yorkshire batsman Jonny Bairstow has been named County Championship Player of the Year by the Cricket Writers' Club.

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Simmons suspended as West Indies coach

Phil Simmons has been suspended with immediate effect as West Indies coach, two days after he expressed his unhappiness with the ODI squad selected for the Sri Lanka tour.

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Former England fast bowler Tyson dies

Frank Tyson, the former England fast bowler, and renowned as one of the quickest to have ever played the game, has died at the age of 85 in Australia.

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Lyth vows to come back stronger

Adam Lyth has spoken of his disappointment at missing out on England's upcoming tour of the UAE but has vowed to come back stronger next season.


Strauss was right to drop me - Pietersen

Kevin Pietersen has conceded for the first time that Andrew Strauss, his former England captain and now director of cricket at the ECB, was right to overlook his claims for a Test recall ahead of this summer's Ashes victory.

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Japan heroics show what cricket will miss

Japan's stunning victory over South Africa at the Rugby World Cup is a timely reminder of everything that cricket's introspective rulers are turning their backs on.

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Patel recalled as Ansari is ruled out

Samit Patel has won a surprise recall for England for the first time in nearly three years after Zafar Ansari was ruled unfit for the forthcoming series against Pakistan in the UAE because of a hand injury.

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