Saker out, Gibson back for West Indies tour

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Ottis Gibson has been appointed as England’s fast-bowling coach for the forthcoming West Indies tour with the chance to push his credentials for the job full time ahead of the Ashes series against Australia this summer.

Gibson fulfilled the role for nearly three years from 2007 before he was appointed as coach of West Indies. He left that job last August by mutual consent after guiding West Indies to a World Twenty20 crown in Sri Lanka but otherwise finding an overwhelming job to regenerate West Indies cricket a growing source of frustration.

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Cook disappoints, Lyth impresses

Yorkshire 82 for 2 (Lyth 53*) trail MCC 221 (Hildreth 89, Mitchell 54, Rhodes 2-10, Sidebottom 2-27) by 139 runsScorecard

Adam Lyth took the opportunity to impress England captain Alastair Cook © Getty Images

Alastair Cook lasted just six balls on his return to action, three months after his last innings on England’s tour of Sri Lanka, but he was then able to enjoy a first-hand view of the man who could be his next Test opening partner, as Adam Lyth’s unbeaten half-century set the cap on a successful day for Yorkshire in the Champion County match.

Yorkshire have provided six members of England’s Test squad for the West Indies and three of them lined up against Cook, who took his place in the MCC XI alongside several recent international team-mates in Nick Compton, Michael Carberry and Graham Onions. Yorkshire were missing Joe Root, Gary Ballance and Liam Plunkett, all of whom will be in the Caribbean, but still put on a strong display in Abu Dhabi.

Ryan Sidebottom proved he still remains a force, even in his 38th year, by removing both the MCC openers inside three overs. Compton and Cook opened the batting for England 17 times in Tests but they were separated after one delivery, with MCC captain Compton caught behind off the first ball of the match.

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Surging Pakistan prepare for dominant Australia

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Friday, March 20, 2015 Start time 1400 local (0330 GMT)

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Still have the bowling to trouble Australia – Misbah

Misbah-ul-Haq on his and Shahid Afridi’s impending exit from ODIs: The biggest satisfaction is that we gave everything to our team and country © Associated Press

Two days after the cricket world farewelled Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara from ODIs, two Pakistan seniors will begin the final phase – perhaps the final day – of their ODI careers. Misbah-ul-Haq has announced he will play only Tests after the World Cup. Shahid Afridi has said he will also step away from the format in which he made his name, even if at times, retirement has seemed like a state of mind for Afridi, more than a state of being.

They are perhaps contemporary cricket’s odd couple; often invoked in the same breath, each is construed to be what the other is not. Yet, as they move to the cusp of retirement together, they will both reflect with pleasure on their careers, and be joined in keeping emotions in check, Misbah said.

“The biggest satisfaction is that we gave everything to our team and country,” he said. “Whatever we had, we put our efforts together. This World Cup is still not over, and we’d really like to win tomorrow’s game and go further. That’s what, you could say, our desire and dream is.

“You just take it as a normal game. Go there and try to hit your basic stride and try to give 100%. That is the only thing you can do. If you just think about this game further than that, you are putting yourself under pressure, and I’m not going to do that, and even Shahid is not going to do that.”

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Whitaker cold on Pietersen return

James Whitaker was not prepared to entertain the notion of a Kevin Pietersen return © Getty Images

James Whitaker, the England national selector, has poured cold water on the notion of Kevin Pietersen returning to play for England saying the batsman is “not part” of England’s plans.

Pietersen, buoyed by incoming ECB chairman Colin Graves’ suggestion that an England return is possible, is attempting to mount a challenge for an England recall by cancelling his IPL contract and fully committing to county cricket – but a deal with Surrey might be delayed until more clarity on his potential future is gained.

Graves has had a telephone conversation with Pietersen and intends to meet him when Pietersen returns from his BBC radio commentary duties at the World Cup. By that time, Graves will be officially in office.

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Burns helps Queensland gun down 299

File Photo – Joe Burns remained unbeaten on 135 to guide Queensland to a five-wicket win © Getty Images

Queensland 390 (Hemphrey 118,Benton 4-95) and 5 for 301 (Burns 135*, Forrest 81) beat South Australia 230 (Zampa 67, Hopes 4-38) and 458 (Cosgrove 103, Ferguson 107, Cutting 5-88) by five wickets Scorecard

An unbeaten 135 from Joe Burns and a five-wicket haul from Ben Cutting stood out, as Queensland beat South Australia by five wickets at the Gabba in Brisbane.

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