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Iftikhar Ahmed made an unbeaten 92

Pakistan A v England XI, Tour match, Sharjah, 2nd day

Moeen takes three but Iftikhar ensures hard work

Moeen Ali collected three wickets against Pakistan A to boost his confidence ahead of what will be a vital role he has to play in the Test series

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Luke Wright went on to make 84

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Wright appointed as Sussex captain

Luke Wright has been named as Sussex's captain across all three formats for the 2016 season, following Ed Joyce's decision to stand down

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Joe Root eased back into the grove with a half-century

Pakistan A v England XI, Tour match, Sharjah, 1st day

Bairstow boosts hopes of retaining Test berth

Jonny Bairstow was the biggest beneficiary on the opening day of England's first warm-up match against Pakistan A as he scored an unbeaten 66 to press his claims for retaining a spot in the middle order for the Test series

Adil Rashid prepares for England's first warm-up match

Pakistan v England 2015-16

Rashid calm ahead of final audition

England begin a week of making the best of their limited preparation ahead of the Test series against Pakistan with the first of two two-day practice matches against Pakistan A in Sharjah on Monday

Mahela Jayawardene leads a drill in England training

Pakistan v England 2015-16

England hope for Jayawardene edge

James Taylor has described Mahela Jayawardene's knowledge as "invaluable" as England prepare to put up a better fight in the UAE

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Ed Joyce made his sixth first-class hundred of the season

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Joyce resigns Sussex captaincy

Ed Joyce has stepped down from the Sussex captaincy a week after the club suffered relegation to Division Two of the Championship

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Fred Ridgway 1923-2015

Kent and England bowler Ridgway dies

Former Kent bowler Fred Ridgway, who played five Tests on England's 1951-52 tour of India, has died aged 92

Alex Hales and James Taylor consult with Mahela Jayawardene

Pakistan v England 2015-16

Moeen and Hales prepare for shoot-out

Alex Hales and Moeen Ali will each be given the chance to stake a claim to be Alastair Cook's opening partner for the Test series against Pakistan, according to Trevor Bayliss