Kevin O’Brien leads Ireland fightback with gutsy ton

Kevin O’Brien led a spirited Ireland fightback after they found themselves in real trouble following on against Pakistan at Malahide. Ireland began day four of the only Test against Pakistan on 64 without loss but found Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Abbas difficult to handle. Some sharp work from Faheem Ashraf caught Ed Joyce (43) short…

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Leach ruled out of Pakistan series with broken thumb

England spinner Jack Leach will play no part in the series against Pakistan after he broke his left thumb in warm-ups during a County Championship match against Hampshire. Leach broke into the England Test XI at the back end of a long tour to Australia and New Zealand but will not be named in England’s…

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‘This is for every cricketer who’s ever played for Ireland’

Ireland skipper William Porterfield is mindful of all those who played cricket for Ireland who could never feature in a Test. The captain is preparing to lead his team out for their first ever Test match with Pakistan joining the celebrations, although they will aim to play party pooper. Pakistan are undoubtedly favourites but Porterfield…

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