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Pakistan gave England a lesson in tournament cricket: Ian Bell

In many ways, Pakistan gave England a lesson in tournament cricket. Unlike the home side, which saved its worst performance for the knockout rounds, Pakistan got its out of the way early in its defeat to India, said former England cricketer Ian Bell in an exclusive column for the ICC. Ironically, it could be India against Pakistan in the final and it’ll give them the chance to avenge that earlier defeat. And if it performs how it did yesterday, you wouldn’t bet against it. Add to that, England played arguably its…

Sri Lanka can’t beat Root as England get on top

LONDON: Joe Root hit an unbeaten 102 and Moeen Ali impressed on his debut as England recovered from the loss of three early wickets to reach 344 for five on the first day of the opening test against Sri Lanka at Lord's on Thursday. Root, 23, yet to nail down any one position in the batting line-up in his fledgling international career and dropped for the final Ashes test in Australia at the start of the year, compiled his third test century from 190 balls and struck eight fours. He was given strong support by the recalled…

Ian Bell named England’s 2013-14 player of year

LONDON: Batsman Ian Bell was named on Monday as England's player of the year for 2013-14 in recognition of his outstanding performances in the home Ashes series victory over Australia last season. Bell made three centuries and two half centuries as England overcame the Australians 3-0 in the five-test series. His 562 runs proved the difference between the sides with his 109 in the second test in Nottingham, his second Ashes century, helping his team to a 14-run victory. Another century in the first innings of the second…