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    England call up Jake Ball as cover for injured Chris Woakes in ODI squad to face Australia

    England have called up Jake Ball as cover for injured seamer Chris Woakes in their Royal London Series squad to face Australia this month.Woakes joined Ben Stokes on the injury sidelines after suffering a thigh strain in England's victory over Pakistan in the second NatWest Test at Headingley.Both will be unavailable for this weekend's one-off one-day international against Scotland and, according to an England and Wales Cricket Board statement, the 'first part' of the five-match series against Australia. England called up Nottinghamshire seamer Jake Ball for their ODI squad on Tuesday morning Ball is back after playing the last of ...

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    Jofra Archer could be eligible for England at 2019 World Cup and Ashes

    Sussex all-rounder Jofra Archer could be eligible to play for England at the World Cup as well as the Ashes in 2019.Archer could play international cricket for his native West Indies now but has elected to wait until he can represent England. The Barbadian, who played for West Indies at Under 19 level, becomes eligible for his father's country in 2022, but he could represent England three years earlier, according to The Times.  Jofra Archer could be eligible to play for England at the World Cup as well as the Ashes in 2019 The ECB set a seven-year residency period for those born overseas ...

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    Jos Buttler credits importance of  'experience' after star showing in England's win over Pakistan

    If one moment confirmed England’s dominance over Pakistan across three days at Headingley, it was the straight six Jos Buttler popped out of the ground on Sunday morning and on to Leeds Rhinos’ rugby pitch.England were looking for quick runs – and Buttler was in his element. The demise of lower-order colleagues deprived him of a maiden Test hundred, but more important was the point he had made to himself in only his second game back in the Test team. It is a point that could serve England well for years to come.‘My mentality has been quite similar to my ...

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    Jos Buttler proves to himself he can thrive in Test arena in England's crushing win over Pakistan

    Jos Buttler has proved to himself he belongs in Test cricket and thanks England for the faith they showed by recalling him to face Pakistan.Buttler, who spent almost 18 months out of the team between his 18th and 19th caps, was man of the match for his unbeaten 80 as England won by an innings inside three days at Headingley to draw the NatWest Series 1-1. The 27-year-old, England's white-ball wicketkeeper with 170 caps to his name in the shorter formats, is a world-renowned talent in 50 and 20-over cricket.  Jos Buttler scored an unbeaten 80 with the bat as England thrashed ...

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    Chris Woakes ruled out of England one-day international with Scotland

    Chris Woakes has been ruled out of England's one-day international with Scotland on Sunday after suffering tightness in his right quadricep.The seamer had to leave the field during the third day of England's victory over Pakistan in the second Test match at Headingley on Sunday.Woakes will be assessed this week to ascertain whether he'll be fit enough for the forthcoming one-day series with Australia, which gets underway on June 13. Chris Woakes has been ruled out of England's one-day international with Scotland on Sunday Seamer Woakes performed well before suffering the quadricep injury against Pakistan Surrey's Tom Curran has replaced ...

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    Dominic Bess proves England Test pedigree at Headingley

    There was a danger after Dominic Bess's composed 49 as nightwatchman on Saturday that he was entering the territory familiar to many English spinners before him. He could obviously bat, but could he actually bowl?Not until shortly after 2.30pm on the third afternoon did he get a chance to address the query. England hadn't needed him while bundling out Pakistan for 174 in the first innings, and three wickets had already fallen in the second. The spoils were running out.It was Graeme Swann who honed the art of taking a wicket in his first over, and now Bess followed suit, ...

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    England's variation in their attack gave them the edge against Pakistan

    Variety is the keyEngland were given a good lead by Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad, but also had variation in their attack, with the left-arm angle of Curran and the off-breaks of Dominic Bess. Chris Woakes gave them something else: he aims at the stumps, whereas Mark Wood banged the ball in. Well played, England!  The off-breaks of Dominic Bess gave England variation after Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad  Two is too fewIt's a pity there's not a decider, but the ECB's hands are tied with the India agreement, which necessitates a five-match Test series. It's a shame there's no room ...

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    Sam Curran becomes only second player in Test history to be out for his age on his birthday

    Curran's birthday feat When Sam Curran, who turned 20 on Saturday was dismissed for 20 early on the third day, he is believed to have become only the second player in Test history to be out for his age on his birthday. The other was England’s Geoff Pullar, who was out for 26 on his 26th birthday against Australia at Old Trafford in 1961. Sam Curran becomes only second player to be dismissed for his age on his birthday  England’s win here means Pakistan still haven’t won a series in this country since 1996. But this was their third draw out ...

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    Nasser Hussain rates England players after Test win over Pakistan

    England ended their eight-Test winless streak on Sunday when they wrapped up victory over Pakistan in a match they bossed from start to finish.The recently-recalled Jos Buttler was excellent for England — as was Dom Bess who impressed with both bat and ball on just his second Test appearance. Sportsmail's NASSER HUSSAIN has marked every England player out of 10 based on their performance at Headingley. Stuart Broad claimed six of Pakistan's 20 wickets as England won by an innings and 55 runs  EnglandAlastair Cook - 7Looked in good nick again, getting a big stride in, and looks very balanced at ...

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    Joe Root says criticism inspired his side's innings victory over Pakistan

    Joe Root praised his side's 'pride and passion' after they hammered Pakistan in three days to put their Lord's debacle behind them and finish with a share of the two-Test series.And the England captain admitted that the desire to prove critics wrong played a part in his side's innings win – a reference to former captain Michael Vaughan's pre-match suggestion that England should consider dropping Stuart Broad or Jimmy Anderson.'It was a very tough last week for the group,' said Root. 'We had to show a lot of character. I asked the group to play with pride and passion, and ...

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    Ben Stokes set to miss England one-day matches after suffering hamstring tear

    Injured England all-rounder Ben Stokes will miss next weekend's one-day international against Scotland and will be replaced in the squad by uncapped batsman Dawid Malan.The England and Wales Cricket Board announced in a statement that Stokes, ruled out of the ongoing second NatWest Test against Pakistan with a hamstring tear, will also miss 'the first part of the five-match Royal London ODI series against Australia'.England have added Sam Billings to their squad to face Australia, in the initial absence of Stokes. Ben Stokes has been ruled out of England's upcoming ODI fixtures with a hamstring tear The all-rounder watches on ...

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    Jos Buttler completely justified his Test return in England victory over Pakistan

    The selection of Jos Buttler for this series has been a massive tick for Ed Smith.It was a left field pick because he had been playing in the Indian Premier League and has had very little red-ball cricket of late. It was one very much down to the new national selector but it has been totally justified here and at Lord's.The most notable thing is that Buttler has not been playing in one-day mode. He has just played normal, sensible cricket and has played to each situation. Jos Buttler celebrates his half-century at Headingley in an impressive performance  The one-day ...

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    England thrash Pakistan by an innings and 55 runs to end eight-game winless streak and level series

    England completed a crushing victory within three days against Pakistan here at Headingley to record their first win in nine Tests and repair much of the damage done by their Lord’s horror show.This was a completely different performance from an England side who had been out-batted, out-bowled and out-fielded in the first Test but here have dominated Pakistan from the very first over of a game completed in virtually seven sessions because of rain on Saturday.It was all over at 4.22pm when Stuart Broad took the wicket to dismiss Pakistan for 134 and earn victory by an innings and 55 ...

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    Sky Sports captures England star Jos Buttler's 'f*** it' message

    Jos Buttler has had the words 'f*** it' written on the top of his bat for years, but one Sky Sports cameraman appears to have missed the memo after accidentally focusing on the explicit motivational message on Sunday.Buttler had just hit an unbeaten 80 from 101 balls in England's first innings in the second Test against Pakistan at Headingley and practised what his bat preached by hitting 11 fours and two sixes.As he lay his bat on the turf, the camera zoomed in on the top of the handle, only for the words to reveal the expletive to the watching ...

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    England vs Pakistan LIVE cricket scores - 2nd Test, day 3 at Headingley

    .opta-widget-container h2 { background-color:#0CAC0C; font-weight:bold; text-transform:uppercase; } .opta-widget-container .c_scorecard { max-height:640px; overflow-y:auto; } .opta-widget-container .c_scorecard table thead th, .opta-widget-container .c_scorecard table.lite thead th { background-color:#0CAC0C; color:#fff; } .opta-widget-container .c_scorecard table .tleft { width:36%; } .opta-widget-container .c_scorecard table tfoot td { background-color:#B6FAB6; } SCROLL DOWN FOR THE LATEST UPDATES Jos Buttler became the first England batsman to complete his half-century in the first innings of the second NatWest Test against Pakistan at Headingley.Number seven Buttler (66no) succeeded where all others had failed - including three who fell in the 40s - as England moved to 344 for eight and into a lead of 170 on a ...

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