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Spin twins' threat overlooked even by India

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MS Dhoni hails 'strong character' of Yuvraj Singh after winning his battle with cancer

MS Dhoni today paid tribute to Yuvraj Singh as the Indian prepares to return to Test cricket after winning his battle with cancer.

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England captain Alastair Cook (right) speaks with bowler Monty Panesar

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Jonny Bairstow and Eoin Morgan proved all is well with England's back-up middle order - but the tourists are still none the wiser about the identity of Alastair Cook's new Test opening partner.

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