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9:35pm – Jos Buttler, Sam Curran put England on top in Southampton

Day three in the fourth Test between England and India at Southampton has drawn to a close and it is the hosts who have come out with the upper hand. With the match very much in the balance in the opening two days, it is England who are now on top after they reached 260-8 in the second innings before stumps were drawn.

The hosts now have an overall second innings lead of 233 runs with two wickets in hand. Read more on the day’s play here. To read the talking points of the day’s play, click here.

Buttler was dismissed after a 69-run knock.

Buttler was dismissed after a 69-run knock.

8:30pm – Mohammad Abbas continues to impress in county cricket

Pakistan seam bowler Mohammad Abbas has been in brilliant form in red ball cricket this season and he continued his super run in English conditions as he finished among the wickets yet again.

Abbas picked up five wickets (5-30) in the first innings against Gloucestershire but couldn’t save his team from sinking to a massive 328-run defeat.

Read more on Abbas’ excellent display here.

Another fine outing for the Pakistan seamer.

Another fine outing for the Pakistan seamer.

8:00pm – Kamran Akmal frustrated by continued omission from Pakistan squad

Pakistan wicket-keeper batsman Kamran Akmal expressed anguish at his continued omission from the team despite an excellent season.

The 36-year-old stated the team is being selected by captain Sarfraz Ahmed and coach Mickey Arthur and it is because of their preferences that he is not getting an opportunity.

Read Akmal’s quotes in full regarding his omission here.

Not holding back on his words: Kamran Akmal.

Not holding back on his words: Kamran Akmal.

7:00pm – Adam Gilchrist lauds Virat Kohli’s remarks on Test cricket

Former Australia wicketkeeper batsman Adam Gilchrist has lauded India skipper Virat Kohli for his stance on Test cricket.

In a recent interview with the Wisden Cricket Monthly, Kohli had described Test cricket as the ‘most beautiful’ format.

Read what Gilchrist had to say about Kohli here.

Kohli had described Test cricket as the 'most beautiful' format.

Kohli had described Test cricket as the ‘most beautiful’ format.

6:00 pm – Pakistan to train in Lahore

The 18-man Pakistan squad for the upcoming Asia Cup will take part in a week-long training camp in Lahore before flying out to the UAE for the tournament.

The national selection committee headed by former skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq announced the squad on Thursday after consultations with head coach Mickey Arthur and captain Sarfraz Ahmed.

For more, click here.

5:45 pm – Malinga returns to Sri Lankan team

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Veteran fast bowler Lasith Malinga returned to the national team after a gap of one year.

Sri Lankan selectors picked him in the 16-member squad for the upcoming Asia Cup tournament in the UAE.

For more, click here.

2:45 pm – India pick up two early scalps

India’s opening bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma dismissed England opener Alastair Cook and one-down batsman Moeen Ali in the Southampton Test on Saturday.

England were 38-2 after 19 overs with Ishant warned twice by the umpires for running on to the danger area.

Catch all the live updates here.

1:30 pm – Kohli rested for Asia Cup

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India captain Virat Kohli was excluded from the squad for the Asia Cup which begins in the UAE on September 15.

Rohit Sharma will lead an otherwise full-strength Indian team. Pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar also returns to the side, which means he has regained his fitness.

For more, click here.

11:30 pm – Support for Malinga

Sri Lankan pace ace Lasith Malinga has not played for his country for a year now but following his fine effort in recent months, there is a growing call for his return to the national team.

A petition has been started, addressed to the country’s premier politicians, to ensure Malinga’s return to the national team.

Read the full story here.

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Adam Gilchrist lauds Virat Kohli's views on Test cricket

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Kohli had described Test cricket as the 'most beautiful' format.

Former Australia wicketkeeper batsman Adam Gilchrist has lauded India skipper Virat Kohli for his stance on Test cricket.

In a recent interview with the Wisden Cricket Monthly, Kohli had described Test cricket as the ‘most beautiful’ format.

“I think that if you really understand the sport, if you really love the sport, you understand Test cricket and you understand how exciting it is,” Kohli told Wisden Cricket Monthly.

“I cannot explain to you the job satisfaction that you get when you do well in Test cricket, because you know how demanding it is.

“It’s the most beautiful format of the game. I don’t think it’s going to go anywhere. I don’t even see it getting compressed to four days. It should not be tinkered with.”

Gilchrist took to Instagram to laud Kohli’s remarks, calling his opinion one of the most important in cricket currently.

“Pleasing remarks from Virat Kohli. Really, really pleasing remarks. Currently one of the most important opinions in the game and I like what he’s saying,” the Aussie wrote.

Kohli is currently leading the run-scoring chart in India’s ongoing Test series against England with 486 runs in seven innings at an average just shy of 70. He is currently the No1 ranked batsman in both the Test and ODI formats.

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Pakistan will undergo a training camp at the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore.

The 18-man Pakistan squad for the upcoming Asia Cup will take part in a week-long training camp in Lahore before flying out to the UAE for the tournament.

The national selection committee headed by former skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq announced the squad on Thursday after consultations with head coach Mickey Arthur and captain Sarfraz Ahmed.

Making a return to the squad are all-rounder Imad Wasim and opening batsman Shan Masood. Wasim last appeared in Pakistan colours in a T20 clash against Sri Lanka in October last year while Masood’s last appearance came in the Test series against the same opponents. Masood is yet to be capped at the limited-overs formats by Pakistan.

The players’ week-long training camp will be held at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on September 3 before culminating on September 10. The players will undergo fitness tests on the first day of the camp.

Pakistan have been drawn in Group A of the Asia Cup alongside arch-rivals India and a yet to be decided qualifier.

Pakistan and India will lock horns in the group stages at Dubai on September 19 and could meet once again in the tournament should both teams progress to the Super Four as expected.

PAKISTAN SQUAD

Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Shan Masood, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Haris Sohail, Sarfraz Ahmed (C, wk), Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Imad Wasim, Hassan Ali, Usman Khan Shinwari, Mohammed Amir, Junaid Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Faheem Ashraf

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