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Pakistan are steadily building their lead over England in the first test at Lord’s, with their advantage now in triple figures.
Asad Shafiq and Babar Azam built a strong partnership after Pakistan had reached 136-3 at lunch, but the former was caught out while the latter retired hurt.
Now, Shadab Khan and Faheem Ashraf are carrying the load and keep the runs ticking along.
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It’s all about the lead-up to the Champions League final on Saturday, when Liverpool or Real Madrid will claim the European crown. Cristiano Ronaldo has been dealing with injury concerns of late but the star striker has looked fantastic in training.
While that Ronaldo prepares for the monumental clash, former Real Madrid striker Ronaldo weighed in on Mohamed Salah, comparing the Liverpool talisman to Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.
If you’re not following the IPL Qualifier between the Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad right now, you should. A burst from Rashid Khan at the end of Hyderabad’s innings pushed their total to 174. Follow along live as Kolkata make their chase.
In England, Mark Ramprakash will take over Andy Flower’s coaching duties with the Lions. Ramprakash will combine his Lions role with that of current England batting coach. Read more about the change here.
Don’t get caught without a place to watch the Champions League final in the UAE. Check out these options across Dubai and Abu Dhabi for the best venues to experience an electric atmosphere on Saturday.
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Our man Brendon Netto dove deep on the match-up between Liverpool and Real Madrid, taking a look at each team’s strengths and weaknesses. This is worth your time.
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David Warner has spoken about the trauma his family have experienced since Australia’s ball-tampering scandal, following wife Candice’s revelation that she suffered a miscarriage in the aftermath.
In an interview with Australian Woman’s Weekly, Candice Warner gave an emotional account of the strain she was under throughout the tour of South Africa – where her personal history was brought into the teams’ on-field rivalry on the field long before Warner conspired to use sandpaper on the ball.
Intense media scrutiny followed, not least when the Warners returned to South Africa to a frenzied greeting at Sydney airport.
Candice had discovered she was carrying the couple’s third child earlier in the tour, but lost the baby the week after returning home.
In an Instagram post featuring the pair with their two daughters, Warner wrote: “We as a family have been through one of the toughest times ever the last few months but nothing will ever stop us from being just us.
“I have three of the best girls in the world that I cherish and love every single waking day. I am truly blessed with this!! My wife my rock has endured pain, disappointment, regrets in her past and so many highs and lows but the courage Candice has shown in recent months is a testament to the qualities she has as a mother, person, friend and wife.
“Im grateful everyday I get to call her my wife and my soul mate, I wouldn’t want it any other way. @candywarner1 #warnersforever #proudfamily.”
Warner is currently serving a one-year ban imposed by Cricket Australia and faces an uncertain future despite supportive words from new coach Justin Langer.
Opening up about her own experience, Candice said in her interview: “I was a target right from the start of the tour and I’d have to be bullet-proof for the taunting not to have affected me.
It rocked my very foundation and I paid the ultimate price, losing our baby. It was the final blow.
“I wonder how all those who came after me feel now?
“The miscarriage was a tragic consequence, a heartbreaking end to a horror tour.
“The entire ordeal from the public humiliations to the ball tampering, it had taken its toll and, from that moment, we decided that no sport, nothing will ever impact our lives like that again.”
The home of cricket – Lord’s is the venue as England host Pakistan in the opening day of the first Test this afternoon.
It was a frustrating start for the hosts after reaching lunch 72-3. Alastair Cook closed in on a half-century but England otherwise struggled on the opening morning of the Test series with Pakistan.
Don’t miss any of the action from Lord’s.