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Azhar Ali signs for Somerset

Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali has joined Somerset for the remainder of their first-class English County Championship fixtures this season, the southwest club said Monday. The 33-year-old replaces Australia opener Matt Renshaw, who made three hundreds at 51.30 in the opening rounds of the Championship before breaking a finger against Surrey at Guildford last month. Azhar is set to make his Somerset debut against Worcestershire later this month. “The standard of first-class cricket in England is very high and I hope that I can…

Somerset coach compares Mohammad Amir to West Indian Andy Roberts

TAUNTON: As a left-arm fast bowler, Mohammad Amir is often compared to Pakistan predecessor Wasim Akram. But having seen Amir close up during Pakistan's opening match of their England tour, Somerset coach Matthew Maynard was struck by a likeness to a fast bowler from an earlier generation than Akram in 1970s West Indies great Andy Roberts.