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England captain Root terms defeat “disappointing”

LONDON: England captain Joe Root on Sunday described the nine wicket defeat against Pakistan as "disappointing" and hoped his team will overcome the loss in the second Test at Leeds staring on Friday. Pakistan cleaned up England's four wickets in the space of just 18 balls for the addition of just seven runs and then wiped off the 64 needed for victory to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series. Pakistan outplayed their more formidable and experienced opponents as they bowled them out for 184 and 243 with paceman…

England captain ready for Ashes without Ben Stokes

LONDON: England captain Joe Root said Friday his side were prepared to be without star all-rounder Ben Stokes for the whole of their upcoming Ashes tour of Australia. Stokes, England s vice-captain, will not fly out with the rest of the squad on Saturday, having been suspended from international duty following an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September. The Durham ace remains under investigation after being arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm. Read More: England plot revenge in women’s Ashes…