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Pietersen silent on his form but disquiet grows

As the desert sand settled around Alastair Cook's sterling century yesterday, the attention moved sharply to his opening partner. It has never shifted far from Kevin Pietersen since a balmy day at the Oval in 2005 when he plundered Australia but there is the undoubted sense now that he is playing for his one-day career.

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Robert Rock is in Dubai to take on most of the world's best players

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England bowler Chris Tremlett a serious doubt for second Test

Chris Tremlett today appeared to be a serious doubt for the second Test, in which England are hoping to bounce back against Pakistan.

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Flat jockey Robert Winston lost his appeal against a swingeing 22-day whip ban

Novice Ranjaan shows Festival class

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