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England debutant Potts strikes once more in New Zealand collection opener



London: England debutant Matthew Potts eliminated New Zealand captain Kane Williamson for the second time within the match as his dream begin to Check cricket continued at Lord’s on Friday.

Potts, who took an excellent 4 wickets for 13 runs in New Zealand’s meagre first innings 132, dismissed each star batsman Williamson and opener Tom Latham on Friday, with the World Check champions 38 for 3 of their second innings at lunch on the second day — a lead of simply 29 runs.

After Will Younger had fallen for his second rating of 1 on this match, caught behind off the recalled James Anderson, Williamson began to construct an innings, driving England nice Anderson down the bottom for 4 in sometimes trendy style.

However Potts proved his undoing as soon as once more within the first Check of a three-match collection.

The 23-year-old Durham fast, who dismissed Williamson with simply his fifth ball in Check cricket on Thursday, produced a fantastic lifting supply that the Black Caps skipper might solely edge to Jonny Bairstow at third slip.

Williamson was out for 15 and New Zealand’s 30 for 2 quickly turned 35 for 3 when Potts had Tom Latham (14) caught behind off such a skinny edge that wicketkeeper Ben Foakes didn’t even attraction.

Earlier concussion substitute Matt Parkinson, like Potts making his Check debut, helped England right into a slender first-innings lead of 9 runs. Parkinson, who travelled down from Manchester on Thursday as England’s first concussion substitute after fellow spinner Jack Leach was injured fielding, walked out to bat with the hosts 130 for 9.

He obtained off the mark with a clipped two off Tim Southee earlier than driving him down the bottom for 4 — top-of-the-line photographs of the innings. He was final man out, caught within the slips off Trent Boult, with England having made 141. Veteran fast Southee took 4 for 55.

England resumed on 116 for seven, nonetheless 16 runs behind, after a unprecedented begin to all-rounder Ben Stokes’s reign as Check captain on the opening day of this three-match collection.

They’d lowered New Zealand to 45 for seven earlier than the Black Caps recovered to 132 all out. England had been then properly positioned at 59 with out loss solely to undergo one in all their acquainted collapses as seven wickets had been misplaced for simply 41 runs.


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Grealish says his greatest is but to return at Manchester Metropolis



MANCHESTER: Manchester Metropolis playmaker Jack Grealish stated he’s “nowhere close to” full health as he continues his restoration from a groin harm however is assured followers will see the very best of him when he returns to the facet.

Grealish picked up the issue in August and has been restricted to 6 appearances in all competitions this season.

“I’m positively nowhere close to 100% in the intervening time,” Grealish instructed Metropolis’s web site.

“I performed 90 minutes in opposition to West Ham United and 45 in opposition to Bournemouth once I picked up my harm. So, I nonetheless have loads of health to enhance upon however that can come over time.

“I simply must preserve coaching to be the very best of my potential after which I’ll get probabilities on the pitch. And you then’ll see the very best Jack Grealish.”

Grealish, who joined Metropolis from Aston Villa in August final yr for a league-record charge of 100 million kilos ($107.98 million), has scored just one aim this season however the England worldwide isn’t frightened about his numbers.

“For me, it’s not all about objectives and assists […] they imply lots for attacking gamers however I simply don’t suppose soccer is nearly that,” he stated.

“I hoped that throughout the second season, I play extra and carry out higher. That’s what I must do, nobody wants to inform me that myself.

“It takes some time to adapt to a Pep Guardiola group and his system, so I’m positive I’ll.”

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Usman Wazeer knocks out Thai boxer to assert WBO Youth title



ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Usman Wazeer on Wednesday made the nation proud as he knocked out Thailand’s Somphot Seesa to assert the vacant WBO Youth 147lbs world title within the Highland Boxing Present in Bangkok.

The 22-year-old Usman, who beforehand received all of his eight skilled bouts, was high of the invoice within the present as he began confidently within the first spherical, in accordance with info obtained right here.

He stored on exerting strain to unsettle his 23-year-old opponent. A flurry of proper and left robust blows ultimately noticed him knocking out Somphot Seesa within the sixth spherical.

Nicknamed ‘Asian Boy’, Usman has additionally moved to the WBO’s welterweight world rankings after the win. He grew to become the Asian welterweight champion for the WBA after flooring down hard-hitting Phatiphan Krungklang in June this yr in his hometown in Gilgit-Baltistan.

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Joe Root shares his pleasure over enjoying Check sequence in Pakistan



England’s aggressive strategy to Check cricket beneath skipper Ben Stokes and head coach Brendon McCullum has paid wealthy dividends at house and batsman Joe Root is eager to see the way it fares overseas in several circumstances.

Casting apart warning and taking the sport to the bowlers in an strategy that has been dubbed ‘Bazball’, England have chased down intimidating targets with fearless batting to win six of their final seven Exams, all on house soil.

They subsequent go to Pakistan for a three-test sequence in December adopted by two Exams in New Zealand in February and Root instructed Sky Sports activities he hoped England would go from energy to energy with their attacking model of cricket.

“The problem for us now could be to maintain going for it, hold attempting to discover new areas within the format and see how far we will take it,” he mentioned.

Touching upon the upcoming Check sequence with Pakistan, whereby the English aspect will likely be touring Pakistan to play three matches in direction of the top of this 12 months, Root highlighted how thrilling the chance was.

“I’m actually excited [for the Test series against Pakistan]. I’ve by no means been earlier than. If you have a look at among the video games which have been there within the final couple of years, the groups touring there, it has seemed nice so actually wanting ahead to getting on the market,” he mentioned, “I’m actually excited to do one thing totally different. Having performed the sport for 10 years in worldwide cricket, to now get the chance to play there’s a actually thrilling likelihood.”

“You are feeling like you possibly can win video games from anyplace while you’re enjoying like this. I feel that’s essentially the most thrilling factor and makes us such a harmful workforce to play in opposition to.

“It might be actually thrilling to try to do it in several circumstances and see the place we go this winter, the place we go overseas onto totally different surfaces in several elements of the world.”

Root was changed by Stokes as Check captain however he nonetheless desires to assist mentor the youthful gamers within the aspect.

“I’m actually excited simply to get my enamel into attempting to attain as many runs as I can for Ben and the workforce and see the place we will get to as a aspect,” he added.

“As an skilled participant within the workforce I’ve nonetheless obtained a job in main in a distinct capability, serving to with among the youthful batters and youthful guys and hopefully that can profit us as nicely.”

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