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England 39-1 v Pakistan
The sweet arrogance of youth may be wonderful but there has never been a dose of it not helpfully diluted by a little experience of grown-up life. If this is indeed true, let us hope Steve Finn, aged 21, acquires in a hurry the required amount.
Speed, discipline and confidence: Steve Finn has what it takes to be a threat in this week's final Test and beyond
Exciting finish brings the series alive although it cannot mask some of the problems facing England
Graeme Swann enjoyed a double success on day two of the third npower Test against Pakistan, celebrating his belated nomination for ICC Cricketer of the Year with his 100th Test wicket.
Pakistan will turn again today to one of their greatest ever batsmen, seven months after banning him for dividing the dressing room. Glory or acrimony awaits
England made the most of heavy cloud cover at Edgbaston to bowl Pakistan out for 72 - and then move into a 40-run lead on day one of the second npower Test.
Former captain lands too late for training but expects Test recall after three months away from game
Overnight, as if the previous two years had been airbrushed from history, Pakistan have prospects in the series against England starting today. It has been provided, more or less entirely, by the quality of their fast-bowling attack which has abruptly found itself as the talk of the summer.
Former bowler Wasim Akram says his country must trust their young side against England – and beyond
Pakistan's potent attack means road to the Ashes is now fraught with danger – while Yousuf is ready to beef up their batting
Given that he was captured on television tampering with the ball by biting it during a one-day international in Perth in January, and subsequently banned for two Twenty20 internationals, Shahid Afridi may not seem perfect captaincy material. When you also take into account that he has not played a Test match for Pakistan since 2006, his selection to lead the tour of England does seem somewhat perverse.
An inspiration for England just a year ago, the 'Sikh of Tweak' has resorted to a season in South Africa to resurrect his career. Will he ever turn the corner?
Pakistan 205-6 Australia 206-8 <i>(Australia win by two wickets)</i>
Runs or rupees? Ravi Bopara revealed yesterday he would rather be making the former for Essex than the latter in the Indian Premier League after he turned down a hefty pay packet from the Twenty20 jamboree on the subcontinent to concentrate on regaining his England place.
Pakistan 274 & 125-2 England 418