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Oct 242015
 

Hampshire batsman Michael Carberry will join Yorkshire all-rounder David Willey at Perth Scorchers in the fifth edition of the Big Bash League after securing a return to the Furnace.

The 35-year-old made a huge impact during his first spell with Perth by hitting 266 runs at an average of 44.33 as the Scorchers secured back-to-back titles.

Carberry, who will also have Gloucestershire skipper Michael Klinger as a team-mate, was at the crease when the Scorchers beat Sydney Sixers in the final in Canberra.

Carberry told the Scorchers' official website: “It’s very exciting, obviously it was great to win it last year and it’s a great tournament to play in. 

“It’s a very tight-knit group and I was made to feel welcome pretty much straight away. I even got some really nice messages from the guys throughout the season, they were following my progress and I kept in contact with them now that they’ve started.

“When you’ve won it back-to-back, there’s obviously a bit of pressure there now and we’re probably the team to beat in a lot of people’s eyes.

“I think we’re going to have to be on our A-Game again this year, but I think we should go in there looking to win it again.

“There’s no reason why we can’t: we’ve got the belief, we’ve got the squad to do it, it’s just whether we can get off to a good start and win those crucial games and win those crucial moments.”

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Oct 242015
 
Taylor takes two catches on debut

England international Sarah Taylor took two catches on the final day of her record-breaking debut for Northern Districts at the Salisbury Oval.

Austin Umpherston and Nicholas Benton both edged behind to the 26-year-old wicketkeeper as Port Adelaide, resuming on the 227 for three they ended day one on a week ago, declared on 318 for nine.

Leicestershire skipper Mark Cosgrove went early in the hosts’ chase for 24 but former Hampshire and Sussex batsman Joe Gatting and Kirk Pascoe both made centuries.

Gatting struck 14 fours and three sixes in a 90-ball 117 while Pascoe contributed 102.

Although the centurions departed before a mini collapse, Steven Marks kept his cool with an unbeaten 43 to help Northern Districts win on first innings.

Taylor, who has played eight Tests, 98 one-day internationals and 73 Twenty20s for England, was not required with the bat.

England international Sarah Taylor took two catches behind the stumps on her Northern Districts debut

Oct 232015
 
Broad: Third morning crucial

Stuart Broad admits winning the third morning is crucial to England’s chances of going past Pakistan’s first-innings score and taking control of the second Test in Dubai.

The fast bowler led the way in the first session on day two, removing centurion Misbah-ul-Haq in the first over to spark the loss of six wickets for 96 runs before lunch.

In reply to Pakistan’s 378, England overcame the early loss of Moeen Ali and Ian Bell to reach stumps on 182 for three.

Joe Root will resume his innings on 76 alongside Yorkshire team-mate Jonny Bairstow, who has made his way to 27, and Broad is hoping to watch the pair continue their promising partnership.

“I think the first hour tomorrow will be a big one,” Broad told ecb.co.uk.

“We need one batsman to go on and make a real telling contribution – a big hundred – and then guys support around.

“We’ve got a lot of batting to come but, like we all know, it can be a tough place to start so we just need to rebuild tomorrow morning.

Stuart Broad set the tone by trapping Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq lbw in the very first over of an excellent morning for England

“We’re aiming big but certainly won’t look too far ahead. That first hour tomorrow we need to build a partnership and get going again.”

A good day for England was made possible by the bowlers, who shrugged off the disappointment of taking only four wickets on the opening day to wrestle back the initiative.

“It was a really good morning for us,” said Broad.

“I thought yesterday we deserved a bit more – we bowled with aggressive intent but a lot of discipline as well.

“Our analyst came up to us and said our ‘top of off (stump)’ numbers were above world class which shows we had a really good day with the ball without a lot of reward. So we deserved that this morning

“Six for 90-odd is what we were aiming for at the start of the day – make early inroads and try to bowl Pakistan out because first-innings runs are going to be huge.

“We’re in a position where we’ve got a chance to go past them and apply some pressure when the wicket starts to deteriorate.”

It has been a good comeback by England after Alastair Cook, who continued his excellent form by making 65, lost the first key battle – the toss.

Alastair Cook and Joe Root led England's fightback with the bat, putting on 113 for the third wicket

“I think that was a really good toss to win,” he said. “I know the bowlers were down in the dumps for 10 minutes after Cookie called wrong.

“It probably looked an ‘over 400’ wicket so we’re really, really pleased with those efforts, but the crucial bit now is with bat in hand.

“The easiest time to bat will be today and tomorrow so we do need to get 400/400-plus to apply that pressure.”

Mark Wood stamped his authority on the match with Test-best figures of 3-39 from 19.5 overs, earning praise from a bowler with 310 wickets to his name.

“He bowled really well,” Broad added. “I’ve said about our bowling attack deserving a bit more luck yesterday and he certainly did. 

“He bowled beautifully and he ended up picking two late wickets up today which he really deserved. He got it reversing nicely and used an aggressive bouncer.

“Getting 10 wickets for 300-odd is a fantastic effort from the bowlers and hopefully we get into a position where we’ve got some pressure to bowl with tomorrow.”

Oct 232015
 
England fight back with bat and ball

England provided further proof of their growing belief in the United Arab Emirates as their bowlers, and then batsmen, wrestled back the initiative in the second Test against Pakistan in Dubai.

Stuart Broad set the tone of a profitable day when he trapped Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq lbw in the very first over without adding to his overnight 102.

From there England’s bowlers earned reward for yesterday’s graft as they claimed six morning-session wickets to bowl Pakistan out for 378. Half-centuries from Joe Root and Alastair Cook then took England to 182 for three at stumps.

England’s reply with the bat was initially uncertain, with Moeen Ali and Ian Bell early departures, but Cook and Root settled any nerves in a century stand.

While the skipper would fall before the close, tickling leg-spinner Yasir Shah to leg slip when on 65, Root stamped his authority on the day with an unbeaten 76.

Joe Root weathers a fiery spell from Pakistan quick Wahab Riaz early in his innings before reaching stumps unbeaten on 76

Root first had to overcome a fiery spell from Wahab Riaz, when he targeted the world’s second-ranked Test batsman with the short ball, but in typical style he gritted his teeth and waited for his chance to flourish.

Those moments came late in the day with some elegantly punched cover drives and with fellow Yorkshireman Jonny Bairstow, on 27, they had added an unbroken stand of 55 when bad light forced a slightly premature stumps.

England will therefore begin day three 196 runs behind and, with seven wickets in hand, a position they would have happily taken at the start of play.

Pakistan had been ominously placed at 282 for four when the players arrived back at the Dubai International Stadium this morning with their skipper Misbah looking to make full use of winning the toss and batting first.

But he was undone almost straight away by a crafted England plan that Broad played out to the letter.

With the field set back on the leg side Broad first unsettled Misbah with the short ball before firing into his pads with a fuller delivery that the veteran played around.

England had to wait another hour before making further inroads when Moeen struck twice in two overs after the drinks break. Sarfraz Ahmed and Wahab were both caught by James Anderson at mid-on trying to attack the off-spinner.

England's players celebrate as they claimed six wickets in the morning session to bowl Pakistan out for 378

Adil Rashid then had his opposite leg-spinner Yasir caught at slip before Mark Wood, the pick of the attack yesterday, mopped up the tail to deservedly return his Test-best figures of 3-39 from 19.5 overs.

The last man to fall was Asad Shafiq, for 83, miscuing to Root at midwicket moments after he had taken a painful blow to his knee.

England returned after lunch with bat in hand but were soon 14 for two.

Moeen was the victim of a sharp reflex catch by Shan Masood at short-leg before Bell fenced at Imran Khan to offer an edge behind.

That was the cue for Cook and Root to take control, although the skipper did get one large chunk of fortune on 27 when the ball deflected back off his glove while sweeping and, while it hit the stumps at pace, the bails were not dislodged.

Cook as ever ensured he turned his luck into runs as he and Root looked to attack Yasir on his return. It was a surprise then that the skipper fell to the leg-spinner on 65, when it appeared he was again on course for many more.

A change of direction from over the wicket prompted Cook’s exit as he failed to get his angles quite right and directed Yasir to sub fielder Ahmed Shehzad.

Root had by this stage weathered the Wahab storm and as Bairstow found his groove, most significantly with a six off Zulfiqar Babar, they set about taking England through to the close and leaving the match well placed.

Oct 232015
 
Collingwood set for 21st season

Paul Collingwood has signed a contract extension with Durham which will see him bring up 21 seasons in first-class cricket, the county have announced.

The 39-year-old made his debut for Durham in 1996 and has gone on to make almost 15,000 first-class runs, 4,259 of which came for England over 68 Tests.

Collingwood, who also played 197 one-day internationals and 35 T20 internationals, will continue his Durham career alongside Ryan Pringle after the all-rounder was rewarded for a promising season with fresh terms.

The 23-year-old Pringle hit three half-centuries down the order in the LV= County Championship in 2015 and chipped in with 20 handy wickets at 28.3.

Durham have also given new deals to Barry McCarthy and James Weighell, who made their first-team debuts this year, as well as Gurman Randhawa.

Oct 232015
 
Prasad helps turn tables on West Indies

Dhammika Prasad took 4-34 as Sri Lanka fought back against West Indies on day two of the second Test in Colombo.

After bowling Sri Lanka out for 200 and reaching 17 for one at stumps on the opening day, the tourists were in a strong position to draw the series. 

But Prasad had other ideas as he picked up four top-order wickets to leave West Indies rocking before off-spinner Dilruwan Perera cleaned up the tail to finish with 3-28.

Kraigg Brathwaite was the only visiting batsman to show any resistance, making 47 of his side’s 163 all out.

Sri Lanka suffered an early setback in their second innings when Jerome Taylor dismissed Dimuth Karunaratne first ball but the hosts ended the day in control despite the loss of Kusal Mendis for 39.

Kaushal Silva will start day three on 31 alongside Dinesh Chandimal, who will be a key figure as Sri Lanka aim to turn 76 for two into a series-clinching score.

Oct 222015
 
Wood pleased with England bowling display

Mark Wood says England’s bowlers can be proud of their display after Pakistan won the toss and reached 282 for four on the opening day of the second Test in Dubai.

Misbah-ul-Haq ensured the tourists were made to graft on another unresponsive surface in the United Arab Emirates, making good on his decision to bat with a ninth Test century.

But England, led by Wood, stuck to their task admirably and managed to secure a quartet of wickets, all four of which arrived following a stoppage in play.

Jonny Bairstow took two catches at short-leg to hand Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes scalps soon after the first drinks break, James Anderson struck with the first ball following lunch and Wood dismissed Younus Khan, for 56, early in the evening session.

England paceman Mark Wood celebrates dismissing Younus Khan for 56 during a fine spell after the tea break on day one in Dubai

The Durham paceman, whose skiddy pace troubled batsmen throughout, was pleased with the way he and his fellow bowlers went about their business.

“I think we can hold our heads up high, we put in some hard yards today,” Wood told ecb.co.uk.

“Maybe they come out on top with four wickets down, but we have got to believe that with two wickets to go before their bowlers that we can get a couple of early wickets and hopefully knock over the tail.

“There is a lot to play for. All in all, today’s work we can be proud of how we stuck at it.”

Wood changed his approach at the Dubai International Stadium from the one he adopted in Abu Dhabi, opting to bowl aggressively on a pitch offering more pace.

The 25-year-old appeared to have Misbah in trouble with the short ball during a couple of spells, but the Pakistan skipper survived to reach the close on 102.

Wood said: “The pitch is slightly different. The conditions are a little bit different, in the morning this stadium has a bit of cover from the sun so there is a bit of dew around and it might nip around a bit more early doors, we will have to wait and see in the morning.

“The pitch is a bit more skiddier and had a little bit more coming onto the bat, rather than Abu Dhabi which was really slow.

“I tried to be a little bit more aggressive today, sort of fuller-short, the old trick but it didn’t work all the time.

“It was frustrating. Stokesy, I have never seen a bowler go to third man as much as him. I feel so sorry for him.

“Broady and Jimmy, we all created half chances. Even the spinners, Misbah attacked the spinners but that gives them a chance. I think tomorrow morning will be interesting to see how he goes.

“I managed to take one wicket, Younus Khan, and he is a pretty good player so I am happy with that.” 

England took all their chances, something they failed to do on the opening day in Abu Dhabi when Pakistan closed on 286 for four, with Bairstow leading the way.

After claiming a straightforward chance off Moeen at short-leg, the Yorkshireman held on to a one-handed catch in the same position after Shoaib Malik’s flick off Stokes had hit his chest.

“It was really good, he has obviously got that barrelled chest so it popped up nicely,” Wood said.

“We were really pleased that we managed to set out what we wanted to do and get some early wickets. After Shoaib Malik got 240 in the last game, it was nice to get him early.”

Wood admits England have got to employ the same approach when bowling on the second morning, hoping early wickets will expose Pakistan’s tail.

“We have got to stay patient again,” he added. “I know it sounds boring, we are harping on the same tune all the time, but we have got to stay patient and hopefully get those early wickets which bring in the tail, which we need to knock over quickly.”

Oct 212015
 
Moeen enjoying opening role

Moeen Ali is embracing his new role at the top of England’s batting line-up.

The 28-year-old has been promoted from number eight, where he produced several lower-order contributions during the summer’s Investec Ashes Series success over Australia, to open alongside Alastair Cook during the tour of the United Arab Emirates.

Having walked out to bat as a Test opener for the first time knowing Pakistan had racked up 523 for eight in Abu Dhabi, Moeen and Cook absorbed the scoreboard pressure by sharing an opening stand of 116.

The left-hander reined in his usually attacking instincts during his 131-ball knock of 35 but overall enjoyed the experience of getting England off to a solid start.

Moeen said: “It was good. I was just doing a job for the team and trying to give us a good start. There was scoreboard pressure but I really enjoyed it and I felt I could play properly again. I felt like a batter.

“I’ve got to score some runs before I can think of doing it for years. I just want to keep giving England a good start which is really important here. 

“It was a chance to bat on one of the flattest pitches I’ve ever batted on. It was different to batting at eight. I have to bat depending on the conditions.

“I didn’t mean to bat any more slowly than usual. They bowled straight and they had a man back for the spinner because they probably knew I like to attack them.

“It’s one of those things, the odd innings I’ll play a little slower and then I’ll be quicker than the other day. It was just nice to just leave and defend a few balls: I’ve been trying to hit every ball for four before.”

England gave Pakistan a huge scare on a dramatic final day to the first Test, requiring just another 25 runs for victory when bad light brought a premature end to the match with another eight overs scheduled. 

“We’ve given Pakistan a bit of a nudge and caught them off-guard a bit in that last session,” Moeen said.

“It’s given us confidence for the rest of the series. I think they’re a bit more aware now and they know we have a good chance of winning the series.”

Debutant leg-spinner Adil Rashid, a good friend of Moeen, was the catalyst for England’s charge on the last day, helping to skittle Pakistan for 173 with figures of 5-64.

The Yorkshireman had failed to take a wicket in 34 first-innings overs, but Moeen was not surprised by his fellow tweaker’s riposte.

“Very happy for him,” he said. “He took a bit of stick in the first innings but we felt he bowled well and there was nothing in it for him.

“We kept telling him his wickets would come. He’s got so much talent and if his confidence is high also that’s great. I didn’t really have a chat with him.

Spinners Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali, both good friends away from the pitch, share a joke during a training session in Dubai

“We just went out for some food like we do and talked about how we were going to bowl in the second innings.

“It was a really tough pitch to bowl on and they attacked him. He felt it was coming out well so I just told him the wickets would come. He’s not someone who gets down.”

England have now arrived in Dubai ahead of Thursday’s second Test, where the pitch is set to offer more pace and turn, and Moeen is ready for the different challenges posed.

“Batting will be tougher here than it was in Abu Dhabi but we’ve got some very good players of spin and I think Rooty (Joe Root) is the best player of spin in the world so we will go into the game with a lot of confidence,” he added.

“I think it will be good for me and Rash. I think they will come at us in a different way after what happened on the last afternoon.

“There was a bit of pressure on them then and after Younus Khan was out we felt we had a chance. I was a bit surprised when Misbah came at me but it was great to get him because he’s a good player of spin.”

Oct 212015
 
Cook confident Stokes will be available

England skipper Alastair Cook expects to pick from a full-strength squad for the second Test against Pakistan despite a fitness concern to Ben Stokes.

Stokes missed yesterday’s training session with a stomach bug, but was set to take part in a nets session at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on the eve of the second Test of the three-match series.

“He’s had a virus, a 24-hour bug. He didn’t look very well yesterday apparently,” Cook said. “But he’s here now, for training. We’ll just see. He should be fine, but we’ve got to be careful.

“It depends how bad he has been knocked about. Five days in this heat, you need to be 100 per cent before you start. I think he will be fine, we will play it by ear, see how he gets on in training and make a decision tomorrow morning.

“That is all we can do, we will leave it to his decision. He will know how his body feels, how empty it is, but he does look ok. I expect to be picking from a full-strength squad tomorrow.”

If illness does rule Stokes out, England have the option of including a third spinner in Samit Patel.

However, Cook is confident he will stick with the same XI that almost clinched a dramatic victory on the final day in Abu Dhabi last week.

“Ben is a concern, but everyone else has pulled up pretty well,” he said. “I haven’t seen the wicket, whether it is a three-spinner wicket here or not, I’m not sure – I have just walked here.

“We need to look at that option to see if we need it or not. My gut instinct is the team will stay the same.”

Cook would have no issue with fielding three spinners in his side if conditions allow, though, with the Dubai pitch set to offer more turn and pace than the docile track in Abu Dhabi.

“I think it will turn more, and a bit quicker than Abu Dhabi,” he said. “The last time we were here there was a little bit more in it for the seamers early on. 

“It is a slightly unique stadium here, the shadow over the ground is still there or close to still being there at 10am.

“I seem to remember that from last time, and that allows a little bit more dampness in the wicket overnight so there is a little bit more movement early on and that quickly dries out. It should be a better cricket wicket.

“It would have to be an option (three spinners) where there is no seam, where it really is a really dry wicket, but we said at the beginning of the tour that this squad has the option of doing it and it doesn’t really affect the balance of the side.

“All three spinners bat really well as well, obviously Ben’s bowling ability with batting at six gives us balance. Whichever combination you include, whether you include Samit or Rash, they all bat and means we are always batting down to eight.”

Yasir Shah is set to provide Pakistan with a welcome boost after the leg-spinner, who has taken 61 wickets in 10 Tests, missed the first match with a back problem.

“I think Pakistan missed him last game,” Cook said. “He has done very well in his first 10 Test matches, but we were prepared to play him in Abu Dhabi and it was a bit of a surprise when he didn’t play. He will obviously strengthen them.”

Oct 212015
 
Red Rose extend Davies and Parkinson deals

Alex Davies and Matthew Parkinson have become the latest players to sign new deals at Lancashire.

The duo’s new contracts come off the back of Steven Croft, Stephen Parry, Kyle Jarvis, Tom Bailey and Gavin Griffiths extending their stays at Emirates Old Trafford in recent weeks.

Wicketkeeeper-batsman Davies, the club’s Young Player of the Year, was an ever-present figure for the Red Rose in 2015 until a knee injury ruled him out of the final two LV= County Championship matches.

The 21-year-old, standing in for England gloveman Jos Buttler, helped Lancashire secure promotion to Division One with 730 runs at an average of 40.55 and 50 dismissals while also starring in the NatWest T20 Blast triumph, hitting 47 off 26 balls in the victory over Northants Steelbacks in the final at Edgbaston.

Lancastrian Davies, a former England Under-19 international, also contributed 209 runs at 52.25 in the Royal London One-Day Cup.

Lancashire cricket director and head coach Ashley Giles said: “Alex is an exciting talent and is very much a key member of our squad – you almost seem to forget that he’s only 21.

“With Jos (Buttler) being away with England, Alex has stepped up and made excellent contributions not only with the gloves but also with the bat.”

Leg-spinner Parkinson has played age-group cricket for Lancashire since the age of 12 and signed his maiden professional deal last year.

Parkinson, now 18, impressed on his England Under-19 debut earlier this summer by taking nine wickets, including 6-130 in the first innings, against Australia at the Emirates Durham in August.

Giles added: “Matty is another talented youngster we have at Lancashire and he will play an important part for Lancashire in the future.” 

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