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England v Pakistan

1st Test, Lord's

Abbas, Hasan lead Pakistan's opening-day surge

England's fragile batting malfunctions once again in seam-friendly conditions

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Pakistan Apple stunt goes pear-shaped

Anti-corruption officers have sought clarification from Pakistan after a couple of their players were seen wearing what appeared to be smart watches

Prayer rooms, new flowers and 6500 teatime cakes - Inside Lord's

Melinda Farrell goes behind the scenes at Lord's as they prepare for the start of the English Test match summer.


Pakistan v England

1st Test, Lord's

Sarfraz Ahmed: The Pakistan captain who's yet to take the lead

He was widely credited for his role in the Champions Trophy win, but Pakistan's wicketkeeper has struggled to make his mark on the Test team

'Yasir's like a brother to me' - Shadab

Shadab Khan revealed that he will try and speak with Yasir Shah for advice ahead of his maiden Lord's appearance


What do Pakistan need to do to beat England (or not lose, at least)?

Pakistan are a far less experienced side than the one which drew 2-2 in England in 2016

England v Pakistan

1st Test, Lord's

Bess talks dreams, Lord's lunches and IKEA


Bess takes rapid rise in his stride as Lord's Test debut beckons

Somerset spinner set to be England's third debutant spinner in four Tests and youngest specialist finger-spinner in their history

Former England captains' advice for Root

Past England captains David Gower, Michael Atherton and Nasser Hussain assess Joe Root's first year in the role


Test summer approaches

England v Pakistan

Wood raring to make mark after swapping IPL for Test audition

Despite his battles with injuries, the fast bowler wants to succeed in the form of the game he considers "the pinnacle"

'Came back to push for my Test spot' - Wood

Mark Wood spoke about his rivalry with fellow Ashington and England bowler Steve Harmison and explains why he'd like a second chance in the IPL


Bairstow ready for batting at No. 5 and keeping wicket

"Proud" to be asked to move up England's Test batting order and remains confident he can cope with the challenge

Ireland v Pakistan

Only Test, Malahide

#PoliteEnquiries: Pakistan's prowess for nervy finishes

Melinda Farrell and Jarrod Kimber answer your questions on Imam-ul-Haq, Pakistan's hopes in England and one-Test wonders


Kimber: When even the trains stopped at Malahide

A community club played host to a community sport, as Irish cricket finally made it to the big time

Imam helps Pakistan overcome scare to take victory

Imam-ul-Haq produced the match-winning contribution for Pakistan as they chased down 160 in the fourth innings and denied Ireland a fairytale win

Ireland v Pakistan

Only Test, Malahide

#PoliteEnquiries: O'Brien for Ireland's Prime Minister?

Jarrod Kimber and Melinda Farrell get stuck into your questions, including DRS, Pakistan collapses and Irish heads of government


Kimber: The inevitable, indispensable Kevin O'Brien century

Kevin O'Brien isn't the best player Ireland has ever had, he's just the one who keeps producing their most important innings

'Bangalore century still No.1' says Ireland history-maker

Despite the emotion of becoming Ireland's maiden Test centurion, batsman believes his finest hour has already happened

Ed Smith's first squad

England selection

Buttler and Bess selections about more than the numbers

There had been much talk of analytics since Ed Smith's appointment as national selection, but his first squad came down to "cricketing judgement"

Buttler selection not a snub to county cricket - Smith

Ed Smith explains the biggest decisions of his first England squad as national selector


Dom Bess' England call-up interrupted furniture shopping

England's spin role had become vacant after Jack Leach, Bess' Somerset team-mate, suffered a broken thumb in the nets

Ireland v Pakistan

Only Test, Malahide

#PoliteEnquiries: Is Abbas the new Asif?

Melinda Farrell and Jarrod Kimber discuss dropped catches, follow-ons and using Jarrod as a form of punishment


'Chronic' knee problem revives Amir workload worries

Fast bowler must be managed across all three formats, says Azhar Mahmood

Farrell: Amir, a mighty bowler who mislaid his purpose

He is still the leader of Pakistan's attack, but Amir is not the force he used to be

Ireland v Pakistan

Only Test, Malahide

Ireland's players react to the longest first ball in Test cricket

Gary Wilson and Tim Murtagh recap the bizarre start to Ireland's first-ever men's Test match when Imam-ul-Haq took a nasty blow


Farrell: Senior pro Shafiq steps out of shadows

He's batted at No.6 for much of his career, but Asad Shafiq's 62 at No.4 was a glimpse of post-MisYou stability

#PoliteEnquiries: The greatest day in Irish Test history?

Jarrod Kimber and Melinda Farrell tackle your questions on bowling attacks, Test debuts and knitwear


Tests come to Dublin

Ireland v Pakistan

From Joyce to Jedward

Ireland have always been a cricketing nation


'It was emotional...a really proud day'

Ireland's Gary Wilson and Tim Murtagh reflect on how it felt to finally become Test cricketers


'It's been a hell of an effort' - Porterfield

Ireland captain Will Porterfield reflects on the first day of play in Ireland's Test debut against Pakistan


Ireland cricket superfan 'proud' of Test status

Ireland cricket superfan Larry Leprechaun talks to Melinda Farrell to discuss his love for the Irish cricket


A family affair for Ireland

Irish cricket is full of family connections, as Alan Lewis, the O'Brien brothers and the Joyces explain


'Longest first ball in inaugural Test match history' - Murtagh

Gary Wilson and Tim Murtagh recap the bizarre start to Ireland's first-ever men's Test match when Imam-ul-Haq took a nasty blow


'Some will say it gives Ireland a chance to reach day five'

Cricket Ireland CEO Warren Deutrom remains upbeat despite a washout spoiling Ireland's scheduled first day of Test cricket


Malahide - the sights, the sounds, the seafood

Not familiar with the seaside town hosting Ireland's first ever men's Test match? Let Melinda Farrell give you the tour


PCB news

Pakistan cricket

PCB limits Pakistan players to two T20 leagues per year

Concerns over injuries prompted the board to impose such a restriction

Ireland open to touring Pakistan

Officials in both boards confirmed informal discussions but a timetable has not been finalised

Kent v Pakistan

Tour match, Canterbury

Joe Denly scores hundred as Pakistan, Kent play out draw

A match ruined by rain ended in an inevitable draw in Canterbury

Pakistan in England and Ireland

Team departs

Amir granted UK visa, to fly out on Wednesday

It is not clear why Amir's visa was issued later than the rest of the Pakistan squad's, but his arrival will boost an inexperienced pace attack

Pakistan tour of UK

Captain backs squad

Pak squad for Eng tour 'best of the best' - Sarfraz

The Pakistan captain believes extensive preparation in the lead up to Ireland's inaugural Test and two Tests in England will help team cope up with difficult challenges

Pakistan in England and Ireland

Squad news

Seen 'better players than Fawad' in last three years - Inzamam

The chief selector says the decision to omit Fawad Alam was based purely on merit

The mysterious snubbing of Fawad Alam

A look at Fawad Alam's record since his last Test match for Pakistan in November 2009

Not getting selected is upsetting - Fawad Alam

Pakistan batsman Fawad Alam says his job is to keep scoring runs in the domestic circuit and remain fit even if he is overlooked for selection


Pakistan in England and Ireland

Squad announcement

Was Arthur right to drop Wahab?

Looking at the data - and even elsewhere - the answer would seem to be no

Fakhar, Imam receive maiden call-ups for Ireland, England Tests

With Yasir Shah injured, Shadab Khan becomes the lead spinner. Left-arm quick Rahat Ali returns in place of the out-of-favour Wahab Riaz

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