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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…

Cook plays down talk about quitting England captaincy

RAJKOT, India: Alastair Cook played down speculation about his future as England test captain on Tuesday and said he was doing the job on a series by series basis. Cook appeared to hint that he may step down as from the role after the five-match series in India, which begins on Wednesday, in a recent interview. "Deep down I don't know how much longer I am going to carry on. It could be two months, it could be a year," the 31-year-old told the Cricketer magazine. "It makes me feel very satisfied that I've been able…