‘He’s a bit of a freak’ – England’s Stokes torments New Zealand once again

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 4,957 total views “Ben Stokes’s half-century lifted England on the opening day . ©AFP” /> Mount Maunganui (New Zealand) (AFP) – New Zealand targeted the wicket of “freak” Ben Stokes on Thursday as they battle to get back into the first Test against England at Mount Maunganui. The honours were even when the New Zealand-born Stokes went to the middle just before tea on day one with England 120 for three. But by stumps, with Stokes in imperious form, the score had doubled and England will resume on Friday on 241…

Australia skittle Pakistan to seize control at the Gabba

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 3,856 total views “Australia’s fast bowlers including Josh Hazlewood (C) dominated proceedings on day one. ©AFP” /> Brisbane (Australia) (AFP) – Australia seized the advantage on the opening day of the first Test when they bowled Pakistan out for 240 just before stumps at the Gabba in Brisbane on Thursday. After the visitors resisted stubbornly in the first session, reaching 57 for no wicket at lunch, pace trio Mitchell Starc (4-52), Josh Hazlewood (2-46) and Pat Cummins (3-60) tore through the Pakistan batting order to put the hosts in charge at…