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9:00 pm – India-Pakistan tickets on sale

The next batch of tickets for the much-awaited Asia Cup India-Pakistan match in Dubai go on sale on Thursday, August 30.

The Asia Cup gets underway on September 15 with the final on September 28. The six teams that will fight for Asian glory are India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and a qualifier.

For more information, click here.

8:30 pm – India to target Bairstow

England v India: Specsavers 2nd Test - Day Three

India’s pace attack will target Jonny Bairstow’s broken finger if he is able to defy injury and take part in the fourth Test.

Mohammed Shami confirmed the tourists’ collective intention to hone in on Bairstow’s potential “weak zone” in Southampton.

Read more here.

5:30pm – Pakistan release schedule for Australia and New Zealand clashes

After much delay, the schedules for Australia and New Zealand’s respective tours of the UAE to take on Pakistan was released on Tuesday. The Aussies are slated to play two Tests and three T20Is against the men in green who will then take on New Zealand in three ODIs and as many T20Is followed by a three-Test series.

To see the complete schedule for Pakistan cricket in the UAE in 2018, click here.

Australia will come calling to the UAE in October.

Australia will come calling to the UAE in October.

5:00pm – Jonny Bairstow still hoping to keep wickets in Southampton Test

Jonny Bairstow still hopes he can keep wicket for England in the fourth Test at Southampton despite his broken finger.

Bairstow was planning to test the injury with his wicketkeeping gloves on in training at the Ageas Bowl on Tuesday – raising the possibility he, rather than Jos Buttler, may yet be behind the stumps against India.

Read more on this developing story here.

Bairstow had injured his finger in the third Test against India.

Bairstow had injured his finger in the third Test against India.

4:00pm – Graeme Swann labels Ravi Ashwin as the best off-spinner in the world

Former England spin ace Graeme Swann has picked India’s Ravichandran Ashwin as the best off-spinner currently operating in Test cricket.

The senior India spinner has been in decent form in the team’s ongoing five-match series against England and picked up a seven-wicket haul in the first Test at Edgbaston

Read Swann’s quotes on Ashwin and Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan here.

Ravi Ashwin has come in for some praise from Graeme Swann.

Ravi Ashwin has come in for some praise from Graeme Swann.

12:00pm – Ravi Ashwi’s fitness a concern for India ahead of fourth Test

Team India hit the nets at Southampton on Monday in preparation for the fourth and penultimate Test against England which gets underway on Thursday.

There was some concern for Indian fans with off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin not having a bowl in Monday’s training session as he continues his recovery from the hip injury he sustained in the third Test.

Read more on this breaking story and see the Indian players in action in the nets here.

Ashwin (r) did not take part in the team's nets session on Monday.

Ashwin (r) did not take part in the team’s nets session on Monday.

11:00am – Pakistan undergo fitness camp at military school

Pakistan have upped the ante in training ahead of the upcoming Asia Cup in the UAE.

The players, this week, have been taking part in an intense fitness camp at the Army School of Physical and Training (ASPT) in Abbottabad.

See images of the players in action at the camp here.

Pakistan have begun their preparations for the Asia Cup.

Pakistan have begun their preparations for the Asia Cup.

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Pakistan cricket schedule 2018: Australia and New Zealand fixtures in the UAE finalised

Waseem Ahmed 28/08/2018
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The Aussies are set to arrive in the UAE in October.

After some delay, the schedules for Australia and New Zealand’s tours of the UAE to take on Pakistan were released on Tuesday.

Australia’s tour of the UAE will get underway on September 29 with a four-day warm-up match against Pakistan ‘A’ at the ICC Cricket Academy in Dubai.

The Aussies will then lock horns with Pakistan in a two-Test series with the first match on October 7 in Dubai.

The second Test between the two sides will get underway at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on October 16.

The Tests will be followed by three T20s between the two sides which will commence on October 24.

Following the visit of Australia, New Zealand will visit the UAE. The Blackcaps will take on Pakistan in three T20s and as many ODIs followed by a three-Test series.

Along with the Kiwis, their ‘A’ team will undertake a shadow tour of the UAE where they lock horns with Pakistan ‘A’.

The New Zealand and Pakistan ‘A’ teams will play three one-dayers, three T20s and two unofficial Tests.

SCHEDULE

PAKISTAN V AUSTRALIA

Pakistan A v Australia warm-up game – September 29 to October 2 (Dubai)

First Test – October 7 to 11 (Dubai)

Second Test – October 16 to 20 (Abu Dhabi)

First T20I – October 24 (Abu Dhabi)

Second T20I – October 26 (Dubai)

Third T20I – October 28 (Dubai)

PAKISTAN V NEW ZEALAND

First T20I – October 31 (Abu Dhabi)

Second T20I – November 2 (Dubai)

Third T20I – November 4 (Dubai)

First ODI – November 7 (Abu Dhabi)

Second ODI – November 9 (Abu Dhabi)

Third ODI – November 11 (Dubai)

First Test – November 16 to 20 (Abu Dhabi)

Second Test – November 24 to 28 (Dubai)

Third Test – December 3 to 7 (Abu Dhabi)

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Kagiso Rabada and other pacers who can overhaul James Anderson's Test wickets tally

Ashish Peter 28/08/2018
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Rabada looks most likely to come near Anderson's tally in the future.

England’s James Anderson just needs six more wickets to equal the tally of Test cricket’s all-time leading wicket taker among pacers, Glenn McGrath.

Currently sitting on 557 wickets, Anderson can go pass McGrath’s tally (563) within the next week should things go his way in the fourth Test between England and India which gets underway on Thursday at Southampton.

McGrath had recently stated that he does not see any other pacer coming near Anderson’s numbers once the Englishman breaks his record.

“I have an awful lot of respect for Jimmy. Good luck to him. I believe once he goes past me he will never be beaten,” McGrath had told the Daily Mail.

Here, we take a look at four pacers who might have something to say about that.

KAGISO RABADA

Matches: 32

Wickets: 151

If there is one man most likely to overhaul Anderson’s tally among the current crop of pacers, it is South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada. At just 23 years of age, the young Proteas star has already established himself as the pace spearhead for the Test team.

This year, he became the youngest bowler in over a century to attain the No1 ICC ranking for Test bowlers. He then broke Harbhajan Singh’s record to become the youngest bowler to claim 150 wickets in South Africa’s recent tour of Sri Lanka.

With a strike-rate less than 40 and an average just below 22, Rabada could very well be the man to break Anderson’s record in the future if he can match the Englishman’s longevity.

Rabada has age on his side.

Rabada has age on his side.

JOSH HAZLEWOOD

Matches: 40

Wickets: 151

Matching Rabada’s tally of wickets at the moment is Australia’s Josh Hazlewood. With a bowling style similar to that of his compatriot McGrath, Hazlewood has quickly established himself as one of Australia’s frontline bowlers ever since he made his Test debut at the end of 2014.

What counts against the Aussie seamer is his age – 27. While Anderson was marginally ahead of Hazlewood’s currently tally at the same age (156 wickets in 46 Tests), it will take a Herculean effort from the Australian if he is to go past the Englishman.

For Hazlewood to be in contention, he will need to be at the very top of his game for the next eight to nine years at least and that seems like too high a mountain to climb. He was recently ruled out of Australia’s upcoming Test series against Pakistan due to injury, proof of the numerous obstacles he will need to overcome to even have a shot at Anderson’s record.

Hazlewood is currently level with Rabada but is four years older.

Hazlewood is currently level with Rabada but is four years older.

STUART BROAD

Matches: 121

Wickets: 427

For long Stuart Broad has been Anderson’s new-ball partner for England and for long has he lived under the Lancashire man’s shadow. The 32-year-old is the highest wicket-taker after Anderson among the current crop of pacers in international cricket but even for him it would take something extraordinary to overhaul his team-mate’s tally.

While he does have four years on Anderson, matching Anderson’s numbers in what is the twilight of his career will be no mean feat.

To realistically overtake Anderson’s tally, Broad would need to pick up 40 odd wickets per calendar year for the next four years which sounds like a tall order. Much of it will depend on when Anderson ultimately decides to hang up his boots.

Broad has for long lived under Anderson's shadow.

Broad has for long lived under Anderson’s shadow.

DALE STEYN

Matches: 88

Wickets: 421

For long, Anderson and Steyn were neck-to-neck in the race to decide this generation’s best fast bowler. But, recurring injury troubles for the Proteas quick in the last three years has seen him fall away.

Only recently did the South African ace level Shaun Pollock’s tally of 421 Test wickets when he should have achieved this feat two years ago or so.

Right now, the end seems near for Steyn at 35 years of age and he will need a miracle to come  close to Anderson. For that to happen, he will firstly need to be given an extended run in the South African Test setup for the next two years at least and that seems unlikely given the way his body has failed to hold up in the last couple of years.

Steyn has unfortunately fallen way behind Anderson's numbers.

Steyn has unfortunately fallen way behind Anderson’s numbers.

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