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Teen spinner Ahmed set to make historical past for England in Pakistan

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LONDON: Teenage leg-spinner Rehan Ahmed may turn into England’s youngest males’s Check cricketer after being added to the squad on Wednesday for the three-match tour of Pakistan beginning subsequent week.

Leicestershire’s England under-19 worldwide is eighteen and 102 days and if chosen would beat Yorkshire’s Brian Shut, who represented England at 18 years and 149 days in opposition to New Zealand in July 1949.

“We all know he’s not the completed article and has uncooked potential, however Ben (Stokes), myself and the remainder of the coaches like how he approaches his sport,” mentioned head coach Brendon McCullum in an announcement.

“The expertise of being a part of the squad in Pakistan might be vastly helpful for him, and he’ll add to the make-up of our squad.”

England, presently in Abu Dhabi, fly to Pakistan on Saturday with the primary Check in Rawalpindi on December 1.

The Check might be England’s first in Pakistan since 2005. Worldwide groups have largely steered clear since an assault on the Sri Lankan group bus in Lahore in 2009 killed six policemen and two civilians.

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Argentina look to Messi to salvage World Cup bid

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DOHA: Argentina face a battle to remain alive on the World Cup on Saturday, with Lionel Messi and his teammates getting ready to tackle Mexico in a match they can not afford to lose.

Within the early kick-off in Qatar, Australia beat Tunisia 1-0, recovering from a chastening opening defeat towards defending champions France to maintain their hopes alive.
Two-time world champions Argentina, who arrived in Qatar on a 36-match unbeaten run, are in a precarious place after a shocking 2-1 defeat to Saudi Arabia.

The Argentines mentioned they’d draw on recollections of celebrity Diego Maradona, their 1986 World Cup-winning captain who died two years in the past this week, to encourage them towards the Mexicans.

“We preserve him in thoughts. He was an important particular person in world soccer, and never only for us Argentines,” mentioned Inter Milan ahead Lautaro Martinez. “At present is a tragic day for everybody and hopefully tomorrow we can provide happiness.”

The stunning Saudis have an opportunity to show they’re no flash within the pan once they face Poland and Robert Lewandowski, the prolific striker who continues to be in search of the primary World Cup aim of his profession.

The Barcelona ahead missed a penalty within the goalless draw towards Mexico in Group C.
Australia, who have been overwhelmed 4-1 by France, received a World Cup sport for under the third time of their historical past on the Al Janoub Stadium.

Striker Mitch Duke scored the one aim of a good sport with a intelligent header within the first half and Australia desperately held on to silence Tunisia’s vociferous followers. The Socceroos sit second in Group D with three factors from two video games, with a sport to return towards Denmark.

“As a striker you’ll want to have that confidence and consider that you may rating in each match,” mentioned Japan-based centre-forward Duke, 31. “I truly was messaging a few of my household saying that I used to be going to attain in the present day.”

– France eye knockouts –

Defending champions France might ebook their place within the final 16 in the event that they beat Denmark at Stadium 974, which includes transport containers in its design.

The French misplaced defender Lucas Hernandez to damage of their opening win towards Australia, including to a listing of absences headed by Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema, who limped out of the World Cup earlier than a ball was kicked.

However France coach Didier Deschamps mentioned defender Raphael Varane was able to return after greater than a month out with a leg damage. Veteran ahead Olivier Giroud wants only one extra aim to turn out to be France’s all-time prime goalscorer.

Belgium star Eden Hazard admitted the nation’s much-vaunted “Golden Era” have been previous their greatest on the eve of his group’s match towards Morocco. Belgium, who completed third on the match in Russia in 2018, are nonetheless ranked second on the planet however lots of the aspect at the moment are of their 30s.

“To be honest I believe we had a greater likelihood to win 4 years go,” admitted 31-year-old Hazard.

“The group was higher 4 years in the past however nonetheless we’ve the standard to win video games and to win the competitors. Now we have a number of guys, they’re a bit older now however we’ve expertise and the most effective goalkeeper on the planet (Thibaut Courtois).”

On Friday, host nation Qatar crashed out of their very own World Cup. They misplaced 3-1 to Senegal whereas Netherlands and Ecuador drew 1-1 within the different Group A sport.

An uninspired England, who received their opening match towards Iran 6-2, missed the possibility to wrap up qualification for the knockout part following a 0-0 draw with america.
Brazil’s celebrity ahead Neymar might miss his group’s ultimate two group video games after struggling ankle ligament injury within the group’s opening 2-0 win towards Serbia.

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Duke predicted purpose as Australia revive World Cup hopes

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DOHA: Purpose hero Mitch Duke stated he had a sense he would rating after his header gave dogged Australia a 1-0 World Cup win over Tunisia on Saturday to revive their last-16 hopes.

The striker’s intelligent looped header in Qatar put Australia in entrance within the twenty third minute they usually desperately held on within the second half to silence Tunisia’s vociferous followers.

The Socceroos sit second in Group D with three factors from two video games, having been well-beaten 4-1 by holders France of their match opener.

They face Denmark — who play France later Saturday — of their last group sport and the knockout spherical is in sight.

“As a striker you must have that confidence and consider you can rating in each match,” stated Japan-based centre-forward Duke, 31, whose bodily presence was a nuisance all sport to Tunisia.

“I really was messaging a few of my household saying that I used to be going to attain at present.”
Duke made the letter “J” after scoring and stated that was for his watching son.

“The gesture was a letter J for the primary letter of his identify,” stated Duke.
“I haven’t seen it but however apparently he did it again to me from the stadium, which was a very particular second and I’m going to treasure it for the remainder of my life.”

– Underneath stress –

Australia’s finest earlier World Cup efficiency got here in 2006 once they reached the final 16, within the days of Tim Cahill, Harry Kewell and Mark Viduka.

Graham Arnold’s Australia don’t have gamers of that ilk however they’ve plenty of coronary heart and kicked off to deafening whistles in entrance of 42,000 at Al Janoub Stadium, the place their followers had been closely outnumbered.

Every Australia contact was met with whistles from the throbbing ranks of Tunisia’s bouncing, bellowing and flag-waving supporters. Australia had solely ever received two matches on the World Cup earlier than this and squeezed into this version by way of a playoff.

However they began the higher towards a Tunisia crew who held Denmark 0-0 of their opener and want to attain the knockout stage for the primary time. The match was being proven on primetime Saturday night time tv in Australia and viewers noticed their gritty aspect dominate the primary half.

Australia took the lead their possession deserved halfway by the primary half. Craig Goodwin, who scored the opener within the loss to France, crossed from the left and the ball ricocheted for Duke to look his header again over his personal shoulder and into the online.

Defender Harry Souttar of Stoke Metropolis then made a heroic last-ditch block from the damaging Youssef Msakni as half-time approached. Tunisia’s followers had their heads of their fingers in harm time when Msakni lastly escaped Souttar, solely to sidefoot large from shut vary.

Coach Jalel Kadri introduced off defender Mohamed Drager on the break and changed him with a midfielder, Ferjani Sassi, and a match that had simmered as much as that time threatened to boil over.

Australia had been enjoying on the break and had been inches away from a second late however Mathew Leckie couldn’t join on a low cross as he slid in entrance of purpose. Minutes later goalkeeper and skipper Mathew Ryan denied Msakni from shut vary and Australia nearly held on underneath intense stress.

– Tunisia practically out –

Tunisia’s World Cup marketing campaign is in serious trouble they usually face a frightening process of their last group sport after taking only one level from two matches.

They need to beat the defending champions France to have any hope of progressing.
“It was essential for each groups to win at present, we didn’t carry out as we needed to within the first half,” stated Kadri.

“They dominated the primary half. We modified techniques two or thrice within the second half and had 4 or 5 possibilities however couldn’t rating.

“They had been environment friendly in changing their likelihood, we weren’t.” As for France, Kadri pledged: “We’ll play our hearts out.”

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Azhar Ali struck by ball on head forward of Pak-Eng Check sequence

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ISLAMABAD: Days earlier than the much-anticipated Pakistan, England Check sequence, Pakistani senior cricketer Azhar Ali was struck by a ball on head.

Luckily, Ali prevented any damage and took half within the remaining coaching session of the day. The ball struck Ali’s head when pacer Haris Rauf was bowling a supply.

Pakistan’s subsequent worldwide task is the three-match Check sequence in opposition to England on house soil beginning subsequent month.

Talking forward of the sequence, Rauf mentioned that he’s eager on making his Check debut in opposition to England.

“It’s a dream for each participant to put on a Check cap. I’ve been with the Pakistan staff for fairly some time and If I get the possibility to make my debut within the upcoming sequence, I’ll attempt to execute no matter I’ve discovered from my seniors,” he mentioned.

The England staff will arrive in Pakistan on November 27 for the much-anticipated tour, with the primary Check set to happen in Rawalpindi on December 1.

This would be the first time England will play a Check in Rawalpindi, which has beforehand staged 12 matches with the house aspect successful 5 and dropping three.

The second Check strikes to Multan beginning on Friday (December 9), and the ultimate Check of the tour will happen on the Nationwide Stadium in Karachi, commencing on Saturday (December 17).

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