England captain Cook wins toss, elects to bat vs Bangladesh

CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh (AP) Alastair Cook started his record-breaking 134th test for England by winning the toss and electing to bat first in the series-opening match against Bangladesh. Ben Duckett was selected to make his test debut and will be Cook's ninth opening partner since the retirement of Andrew Strauss. Off-spinner Gareth Batty, who played his last test against the...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Younis recovers from illness, returns for 2nd test

ISLAMABAD (AP) Younis Khan has recovered from illness and has been added to Pakistan's squad for the second test against the West Indies in the United Arab Emirates. The 38-year-old Younis missed the first day-night test in Dubai after doctors advised extended rest to fully recover from dengue. He was admitted to a hospital in Karachi last month with a high fever, which was later...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

PN Interview: Threshers SP Shane Watson

Shane Watson, image- Jay Floyd Righty starter Shane Watson is quietly having a good season.  Following a successful first seven starts to his season, the 23-year-old, who was the Phillies’ top draft selection in 2012, earned a promotion and has looked solid helping Clearwater push into playoff contention in the second half. Overall in 20 combined starts for Class A Lakewood and...
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August 20, 2016

Broad fined 20 percent of match fee over Hales' dismissal

LONDON (AP) England fast bowler Stuart Broad has been fined 20 percent of his match fee after criticizing the third umpire for not overturning Alex Hales' dismissal in the first innings of the fourth test against Pakistan. The ICC says Broad made ''inappropriate comments'' Thursday on his Twitter feed after Hales was adjudged caught low at square leg by Yasir Shah for 6. Broad...
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August 13, 2016  |  Discuss

England wins toss and bats against Pakistan in 4th test

LONDON (AP) England captain Alastair Cook won the toss and chose to bat in the fourth and final test against Pakistan at the Oval on Thursday. Pakistan made two changes from the team which lost the third test by 141 runs and trails the series 2-1. All-rounder Iftikhar Ahmed makes his test debut after Pakistan dropped out-of-form opening batsman Mohammad Hafeez, who scored only...
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August 11, 2016  |  Discuss

England to be unchanged against Pakistan in final test

LONDON (AP) England captain Alastair Cook says his team will be unchanged for the final test against Pakistan, with the hosts looking to clinch the series. England has won back-to-back tests to lead the four-match series 2-1, and could return to the top of the test rankings with a victory at The Oval. Cook and the selectors have decided against picking legspinner Adil Rashid...
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August 10, 2016  |  Discuss

England leads by 80 runs after Pakistan removes Cook, Hales

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) Joe Root and James Vince stretched England's lead to 80 runs in the third test on Saturday after Pakistan's seamers quickly dismissed both openers on the fourth day. England, trailing by 103 after the first innings, was 183-2 at lunch with Root 34 not out and Vince on 20. Root was lucky to be at the crease as Mohammad Hafeez dropped the dangerous batsman...
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August 06, 2016  |  Discuss

3rd test: Cook, Hales lead England fightback vs Pakistan

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) Captain Alastair Cook and Alex Hales led a strong England comeback as the opening pair wiped out Pakistan's 103-run lead in the third test on Friday. England finished the third day on 120-0 in its second innings - a lead of 17 runs - with Cook unbeaten on a meticulous 64 and Hales (50) getting his first series half-century off the last ball. Earlier, Pakistan...
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August 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Muralitharan criticized for helping Australians

PALLEKELE, Sri Lanka (AP) Bowling great Muttiah Muralitharan has been attacked by Sri Lanka's cricket board chief for helping to coach the visiting Australian team. The Sri Lankan is a bowling consultant to Australia, ahead of the first test starting Tuesday in Pallekele. Thilanga Sumathipala said Muralitharan, who retired with a record 800 test wickets, had let down his fans...
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July 25, 2016  |  Discuss

Root, Cook hit tons to lead England to 314-4 vs Pakistan

MANCHESTER, England (AP) Joe Root and captain Alastair Cook hit comfortable centuries as England reached 314-4 at stumps on Friday to take an early advantage in the second test against Pakistan. Root made amends for reckless dismissals in England's first test defeat at Lord's last week to remain unbeaten on 141 at the end of the first day, and Cook read the wicket well to make...
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July 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Cook century takes England to 210-2 at tea

MANCHESTER, England (AP) Alastair Cook celebrated his 50th test as England captain with a fluent century that helped his team reach 210-2 at tea in the second test against Pakistan on Friday. Joe Root (87 not out) learnt quickly from his two reckless dismissals in the first test defeat at Lord's last week and put on 185 with Cook before Mohmmad Amir clean bowled the England captain...
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July 22, 2016  |  Discuss

England wins toss, elects to bat in 2nd test

MANCHESTER, England (AP) England captain Alastair Cook won the toss and chose to bat in the second test against Pakistan on Friday. Fast bowler James Anderson and all-rounder Ben Stokes returned after missing England's first test defeat due to injuries, replacing Steven Finn and Jake Ball. England also retained off-spinner Moeen Ali as a sole spinner in the playing XI, which...
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July 22, 2016  |  Discuss

3-wicket Shah reduces England to 153-4

LONDON (AP) Leg-spinner Yasir Shah took three wickets to make amends for Pakistan's two dropped catches of Alastair Cook as England reached 153-4 at tea Friday on the second day of the first cricket test. Cook had lucky escapes on 22 and 55 off Mohammad Amir, returning after a five-year ban for spot-fixing, and was batting on 75. England still trails Pakistan by 186 runs after...
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July 15, 2016  |  Discuss

Cook hopes to focus on cricket rather than Amir's return

LONDON (AP) England captain Alastair Cook hopes the test series against Pakistan will be more remembered for cricket rather than controversy as spot-fixer Mohammad Amir returns on Thursday at Lord's. The 24-year-old Amir has served his five-year punishment for bowling deliberate no-balls, also at Lord's in 2010, and will spearhead Pakistan's pace attack against a strong England...
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July 13, 2016  |  Discuss

Plunkett hits 6 off last ball as England ties with Sri Lanka

NOTTINGHAM, England (AP) Tailender Liam Plunkett smashed a six down the ground off the last ball of the game to give England a tie against Sri Lanka in the first one-day international on Tuesday. Chasing Sri Lanka's 286-9, England fought back from almost certain defeat at 82-6, and then needed 40 off the last three overs to win. England got 39 off those 18 balls but it was enough...
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June 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Sri Lanka removes Cook for 85, England 165-5 in 3rd test

LONDON (AP) Sri Lanka removed Alastair Cook for 85 on the stroke of tea as England faced some pressure at 165-5 in the third test on Thursday after choosing to bat first. Nuwan Pradeep trapped the England captain lbw from around the wicket for the important breakthrough, leaving England facing a challenge to make a big first-innings score at Lord's. Jonny Bairstow was 44 not out...
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June 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Cook steady but Sri Lanka has England 74-3 in 3rd test

LONDON (AP) Alastair Cook was 48 not out after a burst of three wickets by Sri Lanka had England 74-3 at lunch on the first day of the third test on Thursday. Cook and Alex Hales posted an opening stand of 56 until Hales lost patience and fell for 18 trying to heave a delivery from spinner Rangana Herath to the leg-side. Nick Compton (1) and Joe Root (3) were out cheaply and in...
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June 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Cook reaches 10,000 runs, England wins 2nd test and series

CHESTER-LE-STREET, England (AP) England captain Alastair Cook became the youngest player to reach 10,000 test runs in guiding his team to a nine-wicket victory in the second test against Sri Lanka, clinching a convincing series win. After Jimmy Anderson took 5-58 - his 21st five-wicket haul in tests - to help dismiss Sri Lanka for 475, England reached its target of 79 with ease...
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May 30, 2016  |  Discuss

England 83-2 in 2nd test against Sri Lanka

CHESTER-LE-STREET, England (AP) Alastair Cook is still waiting to get to 10,000 runs after he was out for 15 as England reached 83-2 at lunch Friday on the first day of the second test against Sri Lanka. Cook was caught in the slips off Suranga Lakmal and is now five short of becoming the first Englishman to 10,000 test runs. No. 3 Nick Compton, under pressure for his place, was...
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May 27, 2016  |  Discuss

Cook recognizes 'big milestone' of 10,000 test runs

LEEDS, England (AP) Alastair Cook recognizes that becoming the first Englishman to reach 10,000 test runs would be a ''big milestone.'' He's also eager to get to that mark as soon as possible so he can focus fully on the series against Sri Lanka. ''It would mean a lot and hopefully I can get there sooner rather than later so we can talk about something else,'' the England captain...
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May 18, 2016  |  Discuss

Alastair Cook recognizes 'big milestone' of 10,000 runs

LEEDS, England (AP) Alastair Cook recognizes that becoming the first Englishman to reach 10,000 tests runs would be a ''big milestone.'' He's also eager to get to that mark as soon as possible so he can focus fully on the series against Sri Lanka. Cook says he hopes to get the 36 runs he needs ''sooner rather than later so we can talk about something else.'' The England captain...
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May 18, 2016  |  Discuss

PN Interview: Lakewood manager Shawn Williams talking injuries, Tobias, Pujols, Watson

Shawn Williams The Class A Lakewood BlueClaws have been exciting to watch this season, despite a disappointing 6-16 overall record thus far this season.  This week I spoke with team skipper Shawn Williams about several talented young prospects such as righty pitcher Shane Watson, outfielder Jose Pujols and infielder Josh Tobias.  Additionally, I asked him about the injuries his...
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May 01, 2016

Cricket teammates work together to make a phenomenal catch

Royal Challengers Bangalore teammates Shane Watson and David Wiese made a sensational play to rob Shreyas Iyer at the boundary in an Indian Premier League match. Iyer's hit would have counted for six runs if it crossed over the boundary on the fly, and Watson couldn't slow down his momentum after making a tremendous over the shoulder catch. Just before crossing the rope, Watson tossed...
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April 17, 2016  |  Discuss

Australia, India face off at WT20 for semifinal spot

MOHALI, India (AP) Australia allrounder Shane Watson is excited at the prospect of taking on India in what amounts to a knockout game at the World Twenty20 to decide which team reaches the semifinals. Australia's 21-run win over Pakistan on Friday eliminated the 2009 champion and set up Sunday's game against India. Both teams have two wins from three matches in Group 2, meaning...
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March 26, 2016  |  Discuss

Shane Watson announces end of international cricket career

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Australian all-rounder Shane Watson has announced the end of his 14-year international cricket career. Cricket Australia said Thursday that the 59-test veteran would retire from international career at the conclusion of the World Twenty20 in India. Watson said he will continue to play domestic Twenty20 tournaments for the Sydney Thunder. The 34-year-old...
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March 24, 2016  |  Discuss
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