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England Tests: Pakistan team train with ‘marble slab’ to counter short-pitch threat

LONDON: Pakistan team is currently practicing in England ahead of their crucial Test against the host at Lord’s on May 24. The team management has employed its ‘tried and tested method’ in overseas conditions to confront English fast bowlers. Pakistani batsmen were trained in nets with the help of marble slabs to get ‘used to’ with pitch bounce and variation in swings. The ball bounces and rears up sharply at the batsmen when it strikes the slab, replicating what the Pakistanis are sure to face from the likes of Stuart…

VIDEO: Virat Kohli caught ‘tampering’ with the ball

ADELAIDE: A video has emerged showing Indian Test captain Virat Kohli appearing to shine a ball with an artificial substance –the sugar of a mint. Kohli’s video has emerged at a moment when South Africa’s captain Faf du Plessis is set to undergo an official hearing relating to a ball-tampering charge in Adelaide last week. Du Plessis has been charged for breaching Article 2.2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct after television footage appeared to show him applying an artificial substance - the sugar of a mint sweet - to the ball…