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Mickey Arthur ready to dish out ‘hidings’ after England rout

LAHORE: Pakistan will have some tough discussions after their crushing defeat by England in the second test at Headingley on Sunday, head coach Mickey Arthur has said. Pakistan started the two-match test series with a commanding win over England at Lord’s but the hosts dismantled Arthur’s side in the second test, winning by an innings and 55 runs. Despite the rout, Arthur was confident that his youthful Pakistan team would come back stronger. “It was a poor display from us coming off such a high at Lord’s as we are…

Arthur hopes swing and luck returns for Amir

LONDON: Pakistan's dependence on spearhead Mohammad Amir is natural. In an inexperienced bowling attack they hope Muhammed Amir could lead from the front, more so in the opening Test against England starting at Lord's on Thursday. Having showed his desire to play more limited overs cricket than in Tests, this Test tour of England may set the direction for Amir. Amir has not been in the best of form and fitness since the tour started. Since his return from a spot fixing ban, Amir has 49 wickets in 17 Tests, which is…

Pakistan coach Arthur plays down return to Australia

CAIRNS: Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur remains ill at ease with the spotlight shining on his return to Australia and cannot wait for the focus to shift to cricket, the 48-year-old said on Monday. Arthur's 19-month tenure as Australia coach came to an acrimonious end weeks before the 2013 Ashes series, following a collapse in team discipline and prompting a high-profile severance claim against his former employers Cricket Australia. The South African is now busy plotting the downfall of his former charges in a three-test…