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Wasim Akram offers to train young Pakistan pacers LAHORE



ORMeR Pakistan captain Wasim Akram has offered his services to train and groom young pacers in the country if the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is willing to utilise his services. "I have always said that I am available to work with the young bowlers in Pakistan but due to my busy schedule I can't do this full time. But whenever I am in Pakistan I am available to coach and groom the youngsters," he said at the Moin Khan Academy. The PCB recently said it wanted Akram to work as a bowling consultant with them and the former fast bowler also said that Pakistan had a bright future in the pace department as there was lot of talent available in the country. "There is no dearth of talent in Pakistan, it only has to be scouted and groomed properly. And I am willing to do that because I would like to work

Pietersen batted like lara - donald LEEDS AFP

Former South African fast bowling great Allan Donald compared Kevin Pietersen to West Indian legend Brian Lara after the england batsman hit his team back into the game with a spectacular century on the third day of the second Test at Headingley on Saturday. Pietersen launched a savage assault after tea, hitting 149 not out as england reached 351 for five at the close, 68 behind South Africa's first innings total of 419. "He played seriously well," said Donald, South Africa's bowling coach. "It reminds me of when I ran into Brian Lara, something in the category of a bit of a genius to play knocks like that." Pietersen said his last two centuries, one in extreme heat against Sri Lanka in Colombo and Saturday's 212-ball effort, were the best two of his Test career. "Today was against an unbelievable bowling attack that keeps coming at you and never gives in. To get runs against that attack is something I will always cherish." On a day when fortunes turned dramatically against them in an extended afternoon session, South Africa suffered a further blow shortly before the close when captain Graeme Smith had to be helped from the field after injuring his left knee in chasing a ball to the boundary.

with youngsters and train them." Akram, who has worked as bowling consultant with the Kolkata Knight Riders in the last IPL edition, also felt that the present crop of Pakistani pacers needed to define a clear role for themselves in the national team. "I don't think Umar Gul is a spent force. He is a quality bowler. His main problem is that he is unable to define a role for himself in the team. He is unable to adjust his bowling according to the different formats of the game. "He is bowling the same in Tests and the same in Twenty20 and that is hurting his performance," Wasim said. Stating that Test cricket was the ultimate test for a bowler, Akram said, "The bowlers will have to realise that Test cricket is still the ultimate test for any bowler. Unless you are successful in this format you can't be really be regarded as world class." Akram said that with the rapid popularity of T20 cricket and the expansion of foreign leagues and international matches, the bowlers now needed to

work harder to perform in every format. "Nowadays cricket is very different from what it was in my days. Today there is so much professionalism and top class facilities for the players." Meanwhile, the former great also welcomed the resumption of Indo-Pak bilateral cricket ties. "I frequently go to India and I know for a fact that the Indian people are as keen as we are for the bilateral series to resume as soon as possible. So it is a good thing that India has invited us to play in India this year." Akram said that resumption of bilateral ties was not only important for both countries but for the sport. "Indo-Pak matches are more than cricket and that is what makes them so special every time the two teams play against each other," he said.


windies win by five wickets, wrap up 2-0 series win KINGSTON AFP

West Indies won the second Test on Sunday to wrap up a 2-0 series win over New Zealand, beating the Black Caps in Kington by five wickets. The hosts reached 206 for five having started the day just 71 runs short of victory, as Shivnarine Chanderpaul hit the winning run to add to last month's ninewicket success at North Sound. earlier at the close of the play yesterday, West Indies had victory tantalisingly in sight at the close Saturday as they stood 71 runs short of victory with six wickets remaining against New Zealand. With bowler Narsingh Deonarine on a hot streak, the hosts bowled out the Black Caps for just 154 - leaving the West Indies requiring only 206 and by the close in Kingston they had made 134 for four as they looked to seal a 2-0 series win. Despite cheaply losing the wickets of Kieran Powell - trapped lbw by Tim Southee for six - and Chris Gayle - lbw to Trent Boult for just eight - they were well on their way as Assad Fudadin and first innings centurion Martin Samuels took them to 56 for 2 before Neil Wagner bowled Fudadin for 27 with the score on

SCOREBOARD WEST INDIES first innings: 209 in 64.3 overs (M Samuels 123, 3-58, D Bracewell 3-46, Southee 2-70, 2-24) NEW ZEALAND 1st Innings: 260 in 82.5 overs (M. guptill 71, L. Taylor 60, Roach 4-70, Best 2-40, Deonarine 2-43) WEST INDIES second innings (overnight 135 for 4; first innings 209 - MN Samuels 123; Boult 3-58, D A J Bracewell 3-46) C.H gayle lbw b Boult 8 k.O.A Powell lbw b Southee 6 27 A.B Fudadin b Wagner 52 M.N Samuels c Wagner b D A J Bracewell S Chanderpaul not out 43 kAJ Roach c Southee b Williamson 41 N Deonarine not out 15 Extras: (b4, lb2, w8) 14 Did not bat: D Ramdin, DJg Sammy, SP Narine, TL Best Total: (5 wickets, 63.2 overs) 206 Fall: 1-20, 2-20, 3-94, 4-113, 5-183 Bowling: TA Boult 12-1-46-1; DAJ Bracewell 13-0-38-1; TJ Southee 14-4-30-1; N Wagner 12-3-41-1; kS Williamson 7.21-18-1; MJ guptill 4-0-21-0, Dg Brownlie 1-0-6-0 NEW ZEALAND second innings (first innings 260 - M guptill 71, L Taylor 60; Roach 4-70)

94. Doug Bracewell then forced an edge from Samuels, who departed for 52 having been spilled by BJ Watling when on 20. Overnight, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Kemar Roach were still there on 20 and 10 respectively as the winning target began to swim into view. But it was an onslaught of spin in the morning session which left the Kiwis

Furyk holds onto Bridgestone lead

42 MJ guptill lbw d Deonarine 11 BJ Watling lbw b Deonarine N Wagner c Ramdin b Best 6 BB McCullum c Fudadin b Deonarine 19 0 LRPL Taylor c Ramdin b Best 8 kS Williamson c Sammy b Deonarine Dg Brownlie c Deonarine b Narine 35 CFk van Wyk c Chanderpaul b Narine 5 DAJ Bracewell c Fudadin b Narine 14 7 Tg Southee c Narine b Roach 0 TA Boult not out EXTRAS (lb1, w1, nb5) 7 TOTAL (65.2 overs) 154 Fall:1-55, 2-56, 3-80, 4-80, 5-85, 6-98, 7-105, 8-142, 9-151, 10-154 Bowling: kAJ Roach 12.3-34-1, TL Best 13-2-44-2, DJg Sammy 6-2-19-0, SP Narine 12-1-19-3, N Deonarine 22-7-374 Result: West Indies won by 5 wickets, won series 2-0 Toss: West Indies, chose to field Umpires: M Erasmus (RSA), P Reiffel (AUS) TV umpire: R kettleborough (ENg) Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI)

reeling after they had set up a 51-run lead after the first innings. Deonarine posted figures of four for 37 as he and Tino Best conspired to rip the Kiwi middle order after the tourists had been 110 ahead overnight at 59 for 2. By lunch that had become 109 for 7, as part time offspinner Deonarine - posting pre-lunch innings figures of 4/24 and Best went to town.

Jim Furyk, who is chasing his 17th USPGA Tour title, fired an even-par 70 in the third round to maintain his lead at the WGCBridgestone Invitational on Saturday. Furyk reached 11-under 199 and has a oneshot lead over former British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen, who shot a two-under 68 at the Firestone Country Club course. "I felt like today the golf course played a little bit more difficult, the greens firmed up a little and the wind just made it tough," said Furyk, who has won nine of the 19 times he was the 54-hole leader. "I thought it was tougher to get the ball closer to the pin." Keegan Bradley shot a 67 and was four shots behind. He will be in the final group Sunday, as tee times were moved ahead because weather forecasters are predicting thunderstorms Sunday morning. "I'm hoping we don't get a lot of rain and we get to go out and play in the morning and get after it," Furyk said. Tiger Woods broke par for the first time this week, shooting a two-under 68. Woods, a seven-time winner of this event, however has a lot of ground to make up, as he is 11 shots back. Woods had 14 pars, three birdies and one bogey in his third round. "I hit the ball well and made some putts," Woods said. "I just did some work yesterday and found some alignment, some posture things and got my feel back. My blade was releasing properly again, and it felt really comfortable." Oosthuizen, who won the 2010 Open championship, parred his first seven holes and then made bogey on the par-four eighth. He came right back with a birdie on the ninth. Oosthuizen, of Mossel Bay, got up and down for birdie on the par-five 16th to get within one. That's where he finished Saturday as he made par on his last two holes. "I missed a lot of fairways on the front nine, but I hit it a little better on the back nine," Oosthuizen said. "All in all, my short game helped me a lot today. I made some putts to save par." Rory McIlroy shot a 67 and shares fourth place at minus-six with Steve Stricker, who carded his third-straight 68. "I hit the ball well from tee to green, and I took a few of my chances early on." McIlroy said. Justin Rose and Bo Van Pelt both shot four-under 66. They were joined in sixth place at five-under-par 205 by John Senden, who had a 69.

Smith, Rudolph resist England bowlers LEEDS AFP

South African opening batsmen Graeme Smith and Jacques Rudolph resisted some hostile bowling before a second rain stoppage on the fourth day of the second Test against england at Headingley on Sunday. Only an hour of play was possible between lunch and tea as South Africa reached 39 for no wicket, a lead of 33. There had been an earlier stoppage of two hours, which included the lunch break. england wicketkeeper Matt Prior earlier gave his team a six-run first innings lead with a fluent innings of 68 off 89 balls.england were bowled out for 425 shortly before lunch. South Africa were five for no wicket in their second innings when lightning and rain drove the players off the field three balls into what would probably have been the last over before lunch. england lost top scorer Kevin Pietersen to the second ball of the day when he was trapped leg before wicket by Morne Morkel without adding to his

overnight score of 149. But Prior took over the attacking role played by Pietersen on Saturday, cracking eight fours before he was ninth man out, topedging a sweep against leg-spinner Imran Tahir to deep fine leg. Tim Bresnan helped Prior add 45 for the seventh wicket before Tahir wrapped up the innings, taking the last three wickets at a cost of nine runs to finish with figures of three for 92. South African captain Smith took the field with his left knee strapped after suffering an injury late on Saturday. He did not appear to be hampered in his running between wickets as he and Rudolph batted watchfully against disciplined bowling under a heavily overcast sky before a second thundershower moved in. Rudolph was promoted in the order in place of first innings century maker Alviro Petersen, who did not field because of a hamstring injury and will be unable to bat until five wickets have fallen. South Africa suffered a further injury blow when all-rounder Jacques Kallis could not take the field on Sunday because of back spasms.

SCOREBOARD ENgLAND, first innings (overnight 351-5) A. Strauss c De Villiers b Steyn 37 A. Cook lbw b Philander 24 J. Trott c Smith b Steyn 35 k. Pietersen lbw b Morkel 149 I. Bell c Smith b kallis 11 J. Taylor b Morkel 34 M. Prior Steyn b Imran Tahir 68 T. Bresnan c Smith b Philander 9 S. Broad c sub (Du Plessis) b Imran Tahir 1 J. Anderson b Imran Tahir 8 S. Finn not out 0 EXTRAS (b7, lb17, nb11 , w14) 49 TOTAL (126.4 overs) 425 Fall of wickets: 1-65 (Cook), 2-85 (Strauss), 3-142 (Trott), 4-173 (Bell), 5-320 (Taylor), 6-351 (Pietersen), 7-396 (Bresnan), 8407 (Broad), 9-420 (Prior) Bowling: Morkel 32-9-96-2 (1nb, 3w), Philander 30-10-72-2 (2nb, 1w), Steyn 28-8-102-2, kallis 12-3-34-1 (2w), Imran Tahir 23.4-0-92-3 (6nb), Duminy 1-0-5-0 South Africa 2nd innings JA Rudolph not out 21 gC Smith not out 17 EXTRAS (lb 1) 1 TOTAL (0 wickets; 17 overs) 39 To bat AN Petersen, HM Amla, JH kallis, AB de Villiers†, JP Duminy, VD Philander, DW Steyn, M Morkel, Imran Tahir BOWLINg: JM Anderson 6-4-4-0, SCJ Broad 6-0-18-0, ST Finn 3-1-4-0, TT Bresnan 2-0-12-0 Toss: England Match situation: England lead by six runs on the first innings Umpires: Steve Davis, Rod Tucker (both AUS) TV umpire: Asad Rauf (PAk) Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL).

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