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Catch all the latest happenings in the world of cricket.

The Sport360 team is in place bringing you the latest cricket news on Monday.

There is plenty of action to look forward to with day two of the First Test between Pakistan and Australia currently underway in Dubai.

As ever, get in touch with us throughout the day on Twitter and Facebook.

10:00 pm –  Labuschagne the ‘heartbeat’ of new-look Australia

He has been described as the “heartbeat” of the new-look Australian look team and debutant Marnus Labuschagne certainly lived up to that tag on day two of the first Test between Australia and Pakistan in Dubai.

“I’m just happy I was able to contribute out there in some way,” said Labuschagne.

For more, click here.

8:30 pm – Sohail stays focused

Pakistan’s centurion Haris Sohail revealed he cut out all the noise, including some verbal taunts from the Australian players, to notch up his maiden international century during the first Test in Dubai.

Read more here.

5:30pm – Australia openers end day two unbeaten at Dubai

Australia’s brand-new opening pair of Aaron Finch and Marnus Labuchagne have seen off a tricky phase of 13 overs to end the play on day two of the first Test against Pakistan at Dubai.

Tim Paine’s men picked up five wickets in the final session to bowl Pakistan out for 482 runs in their first innings before Finch and Labuschagne added 30 runs without any loss in their reply.

Read more on the day’s play in our live match report here. Earlier in the day, Haris Sohail struck his maiden international ton for Pakistan. We take a closer look at his classy innings here.

Finch and Labuschagne remained unbeaten on day two.

Finch and Labuschagne remained unbeaten on day two.

4:30pm – Pakistan post 482 in first innings of Dubai Test

Pakistan’s first innings in the Dubai Test against Australia has drawn to a close with Sarfraz Ahmed’s men posting 482 runs on the board. Resuming from their overnight score of 255-3, Pakistan’s batsmen were in fine flow in the opening two sessions before Australia bounced back hard in the final session. Asad Shafiq was dismissed on 80 while Haris Sohail registered his maiden Test ton.

Follow the live action from Australia’s first-innings reply here in with our ball-by-ball updates.

A maiden Test hundred to savour for Haris Sohail.

A maiden Test hundred to savour for Haris Sohail.

3:00pm – Mickey Arthur lauds Virat Kohli’s supreme dedication

Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur believes India’s Virat Kohli is currently the best batsman in the world and has used him as an example to inspire the players in his side.

Kohli is currently ranked as the No1 batsman in both the ODI and the Test formats and has continued his stellar form of late into 2018.

Read what Arthur had to say about Kohli here.

Arthur believes Kohli is the best batsman in the world currently.

Arthur believes Kohli is the best batsman in the world currently.

1:30pm –  Pakistan going strong on day two of Dubai Test

Pakistan’s batsmen have consolidated on their impressive first day showing in the opening Test against Australia at Dubai. Both Asad Shafiq and Haris Sohail have registered their respective half-centuries as Australia’s toils on the field continue.

The pair took Pakistan to 329-4 at lunch on day two and are still going strong in the second session.

Do not miss the action from this intriguing battle at Dubai by following our live ball-by-ball updates here.

Mohammad Abbas fell for one to Peter Siddle.

Mohammad Abbas fell for one to Peter Siddle.

1:00pm – Matthew Hayden survives major surfing accident

Australia batting great Matthew Hayden admitted on Monday that he survived a major scare after sustaining spinal and head injuries during a surfing holiday in Queensland.

The former Australia opener was on a holiday with his family when he suffered the surfing accident on Friday after being taken in by a spill.

Read more on this developing story here.

Matthew Hayden has 'dodged a bullet'.

Matthew Hayden has ‘dodged a bullet’.

12:00pm – Chris Gayle declines selection for India ODI series

West Indies stalwart Chris Gayle has declined to make himself available for selection for the side’s upcoming ODI series against India.

The explosive opening batsman has also made himself unavailable for West Indies’ subsequent tour of Bangladesh. The 39-year-old, however, will be available for selection for West Indies’ home series against England as well as the 2019 ICC World Cup next year.

Read more on this breaking story here.

Gayle will not feature in West Indies' tour of India.

Gayle will not feature in West Indies’ tour of India.

10:15am – Waqar Younis says Asia Cup a reality check for Pakistan

Former coach Waqar Younis has declared Pakistan’s disappointing Asia Cup campaign served as a ‘reality check’, insisting every ODI series from now on will be key ahead of next year’s World Cup.

The Champions Trophy winners had a tournament to forget in the UAE as they were outclassed by arch -rivals India twice, while also suffering a 37-run loss to Bangladesh which condemned them to a Super Four-stage exit.

Read the Pakistan legend’s quotes in full here.

Sarfraz Ahmed (left) had a poor Asia Cup in the UAE

Sarfraz Ahmed (left) had a poor Asia Cup in the UAE.

10:00am – India beat Sri Lanka to U19 Asia Cup title

India sealed another Under-19 Asia Cup after thrashing Sri Lanka by 144 runs on Sunday. Yashasvi Jaiswal top-scored with 85 while Anuj Rawat (57), Simran Singh (65) and Ayush Badoni (52) all hit fifties as India set an imposing total of 304-3 in Dhaka.

In reply, the Sri Lankans fell way short of their target with Nishan Madushka (49) hitting his side’s best score as spinner Harsh Tyagi saved his best till last with a devastating six-wicket spell.

Read more on India’s triumph here.

We are the champions: India

We are the champions: India

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England's Mark Wood looks to improve his wicket-taking abilities

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Mark Wood is challenging himself to take more wickets.

Mark Wood has challenged himself to become a more prolific wicket-taker for England but accepts Sri Lanka may not be the perfect place to top up his tally.

The Durham paceman has been England’s quickest white-ball bowler for much of the past three years, able to summon a steepling bouncer and leave batsmen hopping when he bends his back, but has not always boasted figures to match.

Wood goes into this month’s five-match one-day series, which begins in Dambulla on Wednesday, with 34 wickets in 34 matches and a modest strike-rate of one every 51.2 deliveries.

By contrast his new-ball partner Chris Woakes averages 33.5 balls per wicket, the absent Liam Plunkett sits at 30.4 and all-rounder Ben Stokes is operating at just under 40.

The 28-year-old tackled the issue head on with bowling coach Chris Silverwood, who was similarly rapid in his own playing days, and the pair have been casting a wide net in search of inspiration.

“I said to him that although I’d played a few games for England I hadn’t taken loads of wickets. I’d taken one in a game, two in a game but I hadn’t had that five-wicket haul,” said Wood, who has a career-best return of 4-33 against Australia.

Woods picked up 2-38 in the tour-game against Sri Lanka Board XI.

Woods picked up 2-38 in the tour-game against Sri Lanka Board XI.

“He got a hold of the analyst and we looked at bowlers like Kagiso Rabada (of South Africa) and Pat Cummins (of Australia).

“I’m not the same as them, they’re a lot bigger than me and I’m shorter and skiddier. But when they’re bowling quick how do they get their wickets? What kind of fields do they have? How do they get people out? It’s all about seeing how different people go about it.”

One change he has worked on is in his run-up, losing the idiosyncratic ‘back step’ and adding a few extra paces to his approach.

“Off the short run I was having to force it all the time, that meant I was putting more stress than I needed to on my body and having to ramp it up to get my top speed,” he explained.

“I just pushed my run up back a bit and felt I could cruise into it a little bit better, and look for more rhythm rather than being at the top end forcing it all the time. It’s a trial, I can always go back.”

Although Wood would love to see early dividends by rattling through Sri Lanka’s top order over the next two weeks, he is realistic about the nature of a seamer’s job on the island.

Given conditions spells are likely to be short, pitches slow and swing in short supply after the first few overs. If the team require discipline more than dynamism, he is happy to oblige.

“You’ve got to be careful that you don’t hunt for wickets here because you can quickly disappear if you are trying to get a wicket every ball,” he said.

“All of a sudden there’s one too short, there’s one too wide… As a seam bowler here it’s almost the reverse of England where your spinners do the holding jobs and your seamers generally take the wickets.

“That new ball is key for us. If we can get a couple with that it would be brilliant but if not it’s about dotting up, hitting the wicket hard and letting the spinners attack from the other end and do some damage in the middle.”

Wood played in a near full-strength team in England’s only completed warm-up match last week and is expected to line up on Wednesday, with uncapped Warwickshire quick Olly Stone probably most vulnerable if Liam Dawson is selected as a third specialist spinner.

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Pakistan v Australia LIVE: Australia openers survive tricky phase

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Finch and Labuschagne remained unbeaten on day two.

It’s day two of the First Test between Pakistan and Australia in Dubai and day one belonged completely to the hosts. Pakistan have lost nightwatchman Mohammad Abbas early on day two with Peter Siddle ending the pacer’s 26-ball stay at the crease. Overnight batsman Haris Sohail has been joined by Asad Shafiq at the crease and the pair have taken Pakistan to 329-4 at lunch.

The Aussie opted to take the second new ball immediately after lunch as both batsmen brought up their respective half-centuries. The pair’s 150-run stand for the fifth wicket was broken ultimately by Marnus Labuschagne who dismissed Shafiq f0r 80 in the second session. The hosts were batting at 417-5 when tea was taken on day two.

Post tea, Babar Azam was run-out for just four after attempting a tight single. Sohail though, continued to march on and brought up a maiden Test hundred. The left-hander’s 110-run innings was ended by Nathan Lyon in the final session. The hosts lost skipper Sarfraz Ahmed (15) to a run-out too as they slumped to 470-8. Paine’s men then wrapped up the Pakistan innings on 482 runs with Siddle standing out with a three-wicket haul.

In reply, Australia’s openers Aaron Finch and Labuschagne survived a tricky period of 13 overs without any loss before stumps were drawn on day two.

Thanks to a stunning 126 from comeback king Mohammad Hafeez, Pakistan reached 255 at the end of the day’s play for the lost of just three wickets.

Will the Aussie bowlers be able to pick up some wickets today?

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