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England make inroads as Pakistan reach 298 for three at lunch

England made inroads into the Pakistan batting line-up as the hosts reached 298 for three at lunch on day three of the first Test in Rawalpindi.The going was tough for the England bowlers throughout the morning session on a pitch that continued to offer very little, but they were rewarded for an unconventional decision to offer Jack Leach the new ball.It was challenging for the tourists for the first hour or so, but they did claim three wickets, all to spin.It was Leach’s wicket just before lunch which started to slightly shift the momentum when he trapped Azhar Ali lbw...
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England bowlers toil as Babar Azam’s century helps Pakistan past 400

Babar Azam scored a masterful century and guided Pakistan to 411 for three at tea as the England bowlers toiled without a breakthrough in the afternoon session on day three in Rawalpindi.England had made key inroads into the Pakistan batting line-up in the morning, with Jack Leach taking two wickets, but there was little on offer after the lunch break.Pakistan captain Babar played an elegant innings to become the seventh centurion of the Test with an unbeaten 106 at tea to the delight of an almost-full stadium.Ben Stokes continued to tinker with the field and his bowling options, including an...
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Ricky Ponting: Former Australia captain ‘feeling great’ after heart scare

Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has eased any health fears after a heart scare.The 47-year-old was taken to hospital in Perth after feeling unwell while working as a television pundit during the Test match against the West Indies on Friday.Ponting had been commentating for Channel 7 during the third morning and is understood to have sought medical attention at the lunch interval at Optus Stadium but returned to his TV duties on Saturday.Ponting told Channel 7: “I probably scared a lot of people yesterday and had a scary moment for myself. I was sitting in the comms box halfway through...
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England strike late to take control of first Test

First Test, Rawalpindi (day three of five) England 657 all out: Brook 153, Crawley 122, Pope 108, Duckett 107. Pakistan 499-7: Babar 136, Imam 121, Shafique 114, Jacks 3-132 England’s determination and persistence was rewarded with crucial late wickets on the third day of the first Test against Pakistan.
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England bowlers toil as Babar Azam’s century guides Pakistan to 411 at tea

Babar Azam scored a masterful century and guided Pakistan to 411 for three at tea as the England bowlers toiled without a breakthrough in the afternoon session on day three in Rawalpindi. England had made key inroads into the Pakistan batting line-up in the morning, with Jack Leach taking two...
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