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Cook hails `world-class` Root post series-levelling win

Updated: Jul 26, 2016 12:06 IST      
Cook hails `world-class` Root post series-levelling win

Karachi, July 26 (ANI): Describing batsman Joe Root as a `world-class player`, England skipper Alastair Cook has admitted that batting with the former had encouraged a 'blocker like him' to go for the shots in their crushing second Test victory over Pakistan at Old Trafford on Monday.

The hosts defeated Pakistan by 330 runs in the second game to level the four-match Test series 1-1 following England's 75-run loss in the opening match at Lord's.

Chasing a mammoth target of 565, Pakistan were bundled out for 234 in their second innings with more than a day left in a match.

Root was awarded the Man of the Match as his 254-run knock was the cornerstone of England massive first innings total of 589 for eight declared.

England declared their second innings on 173 for one as Cook, who scored 105 in first innings, and star batsman Root extended the lead by remaining unbeaten on 76 and 71, respectively.

Reflecting on Root's knock, Cook observed that it was one of the best innings he had ever seen while adding that the 25-year-old had really set up the game for the hosts, the Express Tribune reported.

Cook further admitted that the vice-captain has the quality of keeping the scoreboard ticking and helping the blockers like him to play the shots.

Meanwhile, the opener was also pleased with the way his side had upped their game after performing below their level in the Lord's Test.

Cook believes his side didn't miss the opportunity to perform well with both bat and ball this time, the thing which they failed to do so in the opening match.

The two sides will next lock horns in the third Test, starting at Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham from August 3.(ANI)

CSA suspends Tsotsobe on match-fixing charges

Updated: Apr 24, 2017 23:15 IST     

New Delhi [India], April. 24 (ANI): Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Monday charged former Proteas bowler Lonwabo Tsotsobe for breaching its Anti-Corruption Code for Personnel ("the Code").

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Pregnant Serena surges back to World No. 1 spot

Updated: Apr 24, 2017 20:45 IST     

Johannesburg [South Africa], Apr 24 (ANI): Just few days after announcing her pregnancy, American tennis star Serena Williams surged back to the world number one spot in the latest rankings issued by Women's Tennis Association (WTA) on Monday.

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Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) [India], Apr.24 (ANI): Steel Plant Sports Board produced a superlative performance as they hammered The Mumbai Hockey Association Ltd 9-0 in their Pool A clash on the fifth day of the 7th Junior National Hockey Championship 2017 (Men) 'A' Division at Aishbagh Stadium here on Monday.

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Skill India candidates get felicitated by Delhi Daredevils

Updated: Apr 24, 2017 19:48 IST     

New Delhi [India], Apr 24 (ANI): Supporting Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of Skill India, Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Delhi Daredevils met several candidates trained under Skill India at IL&FS Institute of Skills (IIS) here in the national capital on Monday.

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Nadal surges to fifth spot post Monte Carlo triumph

Updated: Apr 24, 2017 19:10 IST     

Johannesburg [South Africa], Apr 24 (ANI): Fourteen-time Grand Slam Champion Rafael Nadal has climbed up to the fifth spot in the latest ATP rankings after clinching a record 10th Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters title.

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Karachi [Pakistan], Apr 24 (ANI): Veteran batsman Younis Khan, who became the first Pakistani cricketer to complete 10,000 runs in Test cricket, has dedicated his milestone to his nation.

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Happy B'day Paaji: Kohli wishes `cricket hero` Tendulkar

Updated: Apr 24, 2017 17:48 IST     

New Delhi [India], Apr 24 (ANI): As legendary India cricketer Sachin Tendulkar turns 44 today, his apprentice and current skipper Virat Kohli took to Twitter to wish his `cricket hero` a very Happy Birthday.

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Manny Pacquiao 'not done yet' with boxing

Updated: Apr 24, 2017 15:05 IST     

Johannesburg [South Africa], Apr 24 (ANI): Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao has said he wants to show that he has `not done yet in boxing` when he defends his world title against Australia's Jeff Horn in Brisbane on July 2.

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Johannesburg [South Africa], Apr 24 (ANI): Australian batsman Shaun Marsh, all-rounder James Faulkner and fast bowler Peter Siddle were among the biggest names to miss out on the Cricket Australia's list of centrally contracted players for the 2017-18 international season.

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Super Boxing League to bring thrilling action to India

Updated: Apr 24, 2017 13:36 IST     

New Delhi [India], Apr 24 (ANI): Olympic medalist and two-time world champion boxer, Amir Khan is all set to promote boxing in India in association with the International Boxing Association (AIBA) by the launch of Super Boxing League (SBL), which will see the participation from top pugilists from India and abroad.

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Rohtak [India], Apr 24 (ANI): Chhattisgarh Hockey produced a dominant performance as they thrashed the Mumbai Hockey Association Ltd 9-0 in their Pool A clash of the 7th Senior National Championship 2017 (Women) 'A' Division here on Monday.

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Sri Lanka recall Lasith Malinga for Champions Trophy

Updated: Apr 24, 2017 12:56 IST     

Colombo [Sri Lanka], Apr 24 (ANI): Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga has been named in 15-man squad for the forthcoming Champions Trophy to be held in England and Wales in June.

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Johannesburg [South Africa], Apr 24 (ANI): Fourteen-time Grand Slam Champion Rafael Nadal has asserted that his next target will be his home event in Barcelona, where he owns nine titles and not the French Open.

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Younis Khan becomes first Pakistani to score 10000 Test runs

Updated: Apr 24, 2017 11:40 IST     

Karachi [Pakistan], Apr 24 (ANI): Veteran batsman Younis Khan has become the first Pakistani cricketer to complete 10,000 runs in Test cricket as his team reached reach 201-4 in reply to West Indies' 286-10 on the third day of the rain-affected first Test here at the Sabina Park, Kingston.

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Jamaica Test: Pakistan reach 201-4 in reply to Windies' 286

Updated: Apr 24, 2017 11:12 IST     

Jamaica [West Indies], Apr 24 (ANI): Gritting half centuries from Babar Azam and veteran Younis Khan helped Pakistan reach 201-4 in reply to West Indies' 286-10 on the third day of the rain-affected first Test here at the Sabina Park, Kingston.

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Wellington [New Zealand], Apr 24 (ANI): New Zealand pacers Mitchell McClenaghan and Adam Milne and all-rounder Corey Anderson all have been named in the 15-man squad for the forthcoming Champions Trophy to be held in England and Wales in June.

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New Delhi [India], Apr 24 (ANI): Even after taking retirement from the game, Sachin Tendulkar captured the imagination of all cricket fans and he continues to do the same till date.

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Madrid [Spain], Apr 24 (ANI): Star striker Lionel Messi scored his 500th Barcelona goal as his team defeated Real Madrid 3-2 and come back to the top of La Liga at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday night.

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I-League: East Bengal triumph over Minerva Punjab

Updated: Apr 24, 2017 09:19 IST     

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], Apr 24 (ANI): East Bengal managed to return to winning ways, securing a 3-1 victory over Minerva Punjab in an I-League encounter at the Barasat District Sports Stadium here on Sunday.

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Rohtak (Haryana) [India], Apr 24 (ANI): Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy defeated Hockey Unit of Tamil Nadu 11-0 on Day 4 of 7th Senior Women National Championships 2017 (A) Division on Sunday.

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