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England took a triple-figure lead over Pakistan at the conclusion of the second day of the Headingley Test to build up the gap in the first innings after dismissing Pakistan for 174.
Top-scorer Dom Bess was dismissed one run shy of a half-century on a catch by Asad Shafiq, but England got steady contributions from Dawid Malan (28), Jonny Bairstow (21) and Chris Woakes (17).
Jos Butler (34) and Sam Curran (16) carried the side to the end of the day, with the score settling at 302-7.
Ahead of the World Cup, Egypt boss Hector Cuper is confident Mohamed Salah will be ready to go after recovering from shoulder ligament damage. “We are optimistic, and every medical reports says he will make it,” said Cuper. Read more on Salah’s status here.
Elsewhere, Antoine Griezmann has revealed he will decide on his future before the World Cup gets under way. The French star has been rumoured to join La Liga champions Barcelona. Learn more on Griezmann’s impending decision here.
Kylian Mbappe was very complimentary of France national team-mate Ousamne Dembele, calling the 21-year-old the best young player in the world. Mbappe is, of course, himself considered one of the best young talents, but he was willing to speak highly of Dembele.
At the French Open, Karolina Pliskova was beaten by Maria Sharapova 6-2, 6-1 in the third round. After the loss, the world No6 admitted it was one of the worst matches of the year for her. Read more on the result and Pliskova’s comments here.
On the men’s side, clay monster Rafael Nadal made short work of Richard Gasquet, eliminating the Frenchman with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 victory.
In the Arabian Gulf League, Al Jazira confirmed Marcel Keizer will be the successor to Henk ten Cate as head coach of the Pride of Abu Dhabi. Matt Monaghan has more on the hiring here.
After the UAE national cricket team were added to the ODI rankings, players like Ahmed Raza and Rohan Mustafa believe the ICC should arrange regular fixtures with Test nations. Denzil Pinto has more on it here.
In cycling, UAE Team Emirates rider Diego Ulissi will be back on the bike for the first time since the Giro d’Italia in the GP Lugano on Sunday.
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