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Yasir Shah exposes England’s lack of quality in the spin department

Pakistan's Yasir Shah celebrates taking the wicket of England's Chris Woakes

So Pakistan’s four-man attack has outstripped England’s five. There is one obvious reason for that: Yasir Shah. The wrist spinner from the north-west frontier has been the key component in Pakistan’s victory in north‑west London. No Pakistan bowler had taken more than eight wickets at Lord’s. Here Yasir took six in the first innings, when he was not supposed to be so effective, and four in the second.

Middlesex’s Steve Eskinazi hits 157 as match with Yorkshire heads for draw

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It would be fair to say that Steve Eskinazi has enjoyed an eventful start to his first class career. Last September, he made his debut for Middlesex against Yorkshire at Lord’s, batted at five and found himself walking to the crease at the end of the first over of the match as Ryan Sidebottom disposed of Paul Stirling, Nick Compton and Dawid Malan.

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Stuart Broad foot injury makes England bowler a doubt for third Test

Stuart Broad will wear a protective boot on his injured right foot once the fifth day in Visakhapatnam has been completed and while the third Test in Mohali starting on Saturday may come too soon for the fast bowler, he remains confident of returning to full fitness and seeing out the remainder of the five-match series.

Northampton's Tom Wood in action with Gloucester's Jacob Rowan

Tom Wood: I did not have a tantrum, Eddie Jones just says it how it is

If anyone is equipped to prosper at England’s training camp in Portugal it is Tom Wood. As well as offering the extra lineout option Eddie Jones may yet need against South Africa next week, the Northampton flanker boasts a black belt in jujutsu which should give him a slight advantage when England return to their judo mats in the Algarve this week.

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