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Moeen Ali claims prized Pakistan scalps in timely reminder of spinning skills

England’s lone spinner endured a difficult first innings but did his confidence the world of good by claiming the wickets of Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan

Two men went to Mo on the third day, with the dual pillars of the Pakistan middle order, Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan, removed by Moeen Ali for what was a pair of personal victories for England’s lone spinner during a tense and tantalising afternoon at Lord’s.

Misbah in particular has taken something of a shine to Moeen’s bowling during the recent encounters between the two sides, with the series in the United Arab Emirates over the winter – a 2-0 victory for the “home” side – including some brutal treatment from the Pakistan captain.

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Joe Root’s No3 performance suggests bold move may pay off for England

Batsman vindicated Trevor Bayliss’s decision to promote him up the order with a timely display of buzzing positivity against Pakistan in the first Test

It was a bold move by the England management to move Joe Root to No3 and, while the shot that saw him trudge back to the pavilion with a face like thunder – a top edge off the leg-spinner Yasir Shah when trying to slog sweep his way to a half-century – was slightly maddening, the plan itself had already shown some signs of promise.

Root arrived at the crease only two overs into England’s reply on day two, the scoreboard reading eight for one after Alex Hales had fenced to slip. By the time he departed it was 118 for two in the 29th, the 25-year-old having displayed the intent that, dare we say it, his predecessor Nick Compton may have struggled to match.

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Jake Ball thanks Stuart Broad for ‘talking me through’ England Test debut

• Jake Ball: ‘It was nice to have Stuart at mid-on, keeping me calm’
• Pakistan’s Azhar Ali becomes Jake Ball’s first Test wicket

Jake Ball thanked the calming influence of his Nottinghamshire team-mate Stuart Broad and his uncle, the England wicketkeeping coach Bruce French, after a first taste of Test cricket that has left the debutant convinced he can bowl at international level.

The 25-year-old was presented with his England cap by French in the huddle before sharing the new ball with Broad. His maiden Test wicket, in figures of one for 51, came in the second over after lunch when Pakistan’s Azhar Ali was trapped lbw for seven.

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ICC’s Dave Richardson fears for cricket’s Olympic bid after golfers’ stance

• Chief executive will present case for sport to IOC next summer
• ‘This experience with golf might have made harder for us to get in’

Dave Richardson, the chief executive of the International Cricket Council, fears the sport’s path towards becoming an Olympic sport may have become harder in light of the number of high-profile golfers to have pulled out of this summer’s Games in Rio.

The subject of putting cricket forward for inclusion in the 2024 edition was discussed during the ICC annual conference in Edinburgh at the start of the month, with Richardson claiming the majority of the 105 member countries believe it would “do wonders” for spreading the sport beyond its traditional outposts.

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England captain and coach overruled on Jimmy Anderson’s fitness for Test

• Alastair Cook and Trevor Bayliss pushed for Anderson to face Pakistan
• Selectors Whitaker, Fraser and Newell felt paceman not fully fit for Lord’s

Jake Ball will make his Test debut for England against Pakistan at Lord’s on Thursday after Alastair Cook and Trevor Bayliss were overruled on the fitness of Jimmy Andersonthe world’s No1 Test bowler.

Related: Jake Ball steams in for England Test debut against Pakistan at Lord’s

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Misbah-ul-Haq: I hope Mohammad Amir performs for Pakistan to win people over again

• Pakistan captain has no concerns over fast bowler on Test return
• ‘He is just focusing on what he has to do against England’

The Pakistan captain, Misbah-ul-Haq, has no concerns over the mental state of Mohammad Amir as the fast bowler prepares to step back on to the field where he took part in spot-fixing six years ago.

Related: Wasim Akram advises Pakistan’s Mohammad Amir: ‘It won’t be easy but enjoy it’

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Sri Lanka to complain to ICC over no?ball mistake that let off Alex Hales

• Hales bowled by Nuwan Pradeep but Rod Tucker called no ball
• Sri Lanka angry after replays showed the delivery was legal

Sri Lanka will lodge an official complaint to the International Cricket Council over the incorrectly called no-ball that led to Alex Hales being reprieved on the fourth day at Lord’s, with the team briefly unfurling their national flag over the pavilion balcony in protest.

The incident occurred during the 46th over of England’s second innings when Hales, on 58, was bowled by a delivery from Nuwan Pradeep that kept low. The umpire Rod Tucker, at the Pavilion End, had already deemed the seamer to have overstepped, however, and the dismissal was scrubbed off.

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England considering Tymal Mills for T20 game against Sri Lanka

• Sussex fast bowler has made big impression this season
• England play Sri Lanka in one T20 and five 50-over games

Tymal Mills, the fastest bowler on the county circuit, is being considered for his first international call-up as England weigh up their options for the upcoming limited-overs series against Sri Lanka.

The 23-year-old left-armer retired from first-class cricket last year due to a congenital back condition, but he has shone in Twenty20 for Sussex this season, bowling well in excess of 90mph – see the yorker that cleaned up Somerset’s Chris Gayle at the start of the month – and picking up six wickets, including three for 15 against Kent on Friday.

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England considering Tymal Mills for T20 game against Sri Lanka

• Sussex fast bowler has made big impression this season
• England play Sri Lanka in one T20 and five 50-over games

Tymal Mills, the fastest bowler on the county circuit, is being considered for his first international call-up as England weigh up their options for the upcoming limited-overs series against Sri Lanka.

The 23-year-old left-armer retired from first-class cricket last year due to a congenital back condition, but he has shone in Twenty20 for Sussex this season, bowling well in excess of 90mph – see the yorker that cleaned up Somerset’s Chris Gayle at the start of the month – and picking up six wickets, including three for 15 against Kent on Friday.

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Chris Woakes refuses to blame Jonny Bairstow after crucial dropped catch

• Allrounder wicketless in this Test after Sri Lanka’s opener is dropped
• England seamer still striving to make an impact at Test level

Chris Woakes says he can hold no grudge with Jonny Bairstow for a third missed chance off his bowling in the past six months given the amount of work the England wicketkeeper puts into improving his game behind the stumps.

Bairstow’s drop off the opener Dimuth Karunaratne from Woakes’s first ball in Sri Lanka’s reply on the second day at Lord’s added to the life he gave to South Africa’s Hashim Amla during the first Test at Durban last December and an edge that flew between keeper and first slip off the bat of Quinton de Kock in the Centurion finale of that series.

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Lord’s likely to host final of proposed World Test Championship

• Two-tier competition is being planned by the ICC and could begin in 2017
• Lord’s seen as natural host venue given popularity among touring sides

Lord’s is being lined up as the host venue for the final of the proposed two-tier World Test Championship, with the International Cricket Council also investigating whether the new competition can begin as early as next year.

Dave Richardson, the ICC chief executive, recently confirmed that plans are being drawn up for a revamped structure that would involve the creation of two divisions for Test cricket – made up of seven and five teams, with promotion and relegation – with 2019 originally considered the first opportunity in which to implement it.

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Scott Borthwick close to England recall after Nick Compton fails again

• Nick Compton’s lean run continues against Sri Lanka at Lord’s
• Scott Borthwick understood to be first choice to replace misfiring No3

Scott Borthwick is line for an England recall against Pakistan next month, with the Durham left-hander understood to be the preferred choice should Nick Compton fail to save his place in the second innings of the Lord’s Test with Sri Lanka.

Compton went into the match under pressure following a lean start to the season and was caught behind for one on an opening day in which Alastair Cook’s side reach 279 for 6 by stumps, having won the toss, following an unbeaten 107 from their in-form wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow.

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England’s Nick Compton endorsed by batting coach Mark Ramprakash

• England No3 has struggled to make runs this season
• Faces Sri Lanka in third Test on Lord’s home ground

Mark Ramprakash, the England batting coach, says he can relate to Nick Compton’s uncertainty about his Test place and will urge him to put the occasion to one side this week in what could be a make-or-break five days at Lord’s.

Compton goes into Thursday’s third Test with Sri Lanka with his spot at No3 still yet to be locked down, having started brightly during his comeback series in South Africa over the winter only for a top score of 44 from nine innings for Middlesex and England this summer raise questions over his long-term viability in the side.

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Alastair Cook struggling for answers as England collapse under pressure

• Captain concedes 405-run defeat in second Test at Lord’s is unacceptable
• ‘It was the icing on the cake for them; for us it was a kick in the teeth’

Alastair Cook was left to bemoan an unacceptable batting performance from his players and warned the selectors could now ring the changes after England collapsed to 103 all out to lose the second Test and allow Australia to level the Ashes series.

Mitchell Johnson claimed figures of three for 27 and effected a direct hit run out as Cook’s side crumbled to a 405-run defeat at Lord’s – their fourth-heaviest defeat in Test cricket in terms of runs. “It was not a good performance over the last four days,” Cook said. “Australia got on top of us from the first morning and never let us back. Today was the icing on the cake for them; for us it was a kick in the teeth. To get bowled out for 103 is not good enough, not acceptable or up to the standard that the guys can play.”

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Australia’s Chris Rogers forced to retire at Lord’s after suffering dizzy spell

• Batsman forced to retire just two overs on day four against England
• 37-year-old suffered concussion on recent tour of Caribbean

The Australian batsman Chris Rogers was forced to retire hurt just two overs into the fourth day of the second Test at Lord’s after apparently suffering a dizzy spell out in the middle.

The opener, who had added five runs to his overnight score of 44, was at the non-striker’s end when he called for the team physio, Alex Kountouris, and doctor, Steve Brukner, to come on to the field.

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England must bat for 150 overs to save Ashes Test, says Ben Stokes

The all-rounder said England needed a huge rearguard action to save the second Test against Australia but believed a flat pitch made that possible

Ben Stokes has outlined the scale of the task facing England if they are to save the second Test, believing it will require a 150-over second-innings rearguard over the final two days if their 1-0 lead in the series is to remain in tact.

The all-rounder’s 87 in a stand of 145 with his captain, Alastair Cook, proved there are few demons in the much-critiqued pitch and he has now called on the batting unit to repay the hard work of the bowlers in this Test by avoiding the top-order collapse on day two that has ultimately left them starting at defeat.

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Australia’s Steve Smith twists knife and accuses Alastair Cook of negativity

• England captain too defensive, too early, claims centurion
• Anderson adamant hosts can make inroads after day of toiling

England were left to reflect on a chastening first day of the second Ashes Test at Lord’s and accusations of negativity as twin centuries from Chris Rogers and Steve Smith saw Australia fight back from their Cardiff defeat and reach an imposing 337 for one at stumps.

Rogers batted through three sessions and will resume on 158, with Steve Smith hitting 129 not out, as Alastair Cook’s attack struggled for impact on a featherbed. Between them the pair added an unbroken 259 runs for the second wicket, with the latter keen to twist the knife further after the close with a critique of the England captain’s field placings. “I was a little surprised [the England head coach] Trevor Bayliss allowed Alastair Cook to have a deep point for as long as he did,” said Smith, who has previously played under Bayliss at New South Wales. “It was a good pitch to bat on but I thought they got defensive quite quickly and I know that is something we are not going to do.”

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Lord’s roar is music to Alastair Cook’s ears in England triumph

• ‘I can’t remember Lord’s having been louder,’ says England captain
• ‘Full credit to Ben Stokes – he should enjoy this’
• First Test match report: England beat New Zealand by 124 runs

Alastair Cook admitted he had never experienced a louder Lord’s crowd after an electric fifth day in which his Ben Stokes-inspired England side bowled out New Zealand to claim a pulsating 124-run win in the first Test.

Stokes, fresh from his 85-ball century on Sunday, took two wickets in two balls – including the key scalp of Brendon McCullum – for figures of three for 38 before Moeen Ali’s tumbling catch at third man sealed the victory to take a priceless 1-0 series lead.

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Lord’s roar is music to Alastair Cook’s ears in England triumph

• ‘I can’t remember Lord’s having been louder,’ says England captain
• ‘Full credit to Ben Stokes – he should enjoy this’
• First Test match report: England beat New Zealand by 124 runs

Alastair Cook admitted he had never experienced a louder Lord’s crowd after an electric fifth day in which his Ben Stokes-inspired England side bowled out New Zealand to claim a pulsating 124-run win in the first Test.

Stokes, fresh from his 85-ball century on Sunday, took two wickets in two balls – including the key scalp of Brendon McCullum – for figures of three for 38 before Moeen Ali’s tumbling catch at third man sealed the victory to take a priceless 1-0 series lead.

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Lord’s roar is music to Alastair Cook’s ears in England triumph

• ‘I can’t remember Lord’s having been louder,’ says England captain
• ‘Full credit to Ben Stokes – he should enjoy this’
• First Test match report: England beat New Zealand by 124 runs

Alastair Cook admitted he had never experienced a louder Lord’s crowd after an electric fifth day in which his Ben Stokes-inspired England side bowled out New Zealand to claim a pulsating 124-run win in the first Test.

Stokes, fresh from his 85-ball century on Sunday, took two wickets in two balls – including the key scalp of Brendon McCullum – for figures of three for 38 before Moeen Ali’s tumbling catch at third man sealed the victory to take a priceless 1-0 series lead.

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