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Pietersen silent on his form but disquiet grows

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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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Alastair Cook knows England have the ability to take advantage of a batting haven at the Sheikh Zyed Cricket Stadium - but they will take nothing for granted after their blip in Dubai.

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

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