July 10th, 2006

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Lehmann reprimanded for obscene gesture

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Former Australia batsman Darren Lehmann was reprimanded by Yorkshire on Saturday for making “an obscene gesture” in a Twenty20 match against local rivals Lancashire. The incident occurred immediately after the 36-year-old Lehmann had caught Lancashire batsman Paul Horton in Friday’s game.

“Yorkshire do not condone this behaviour and have met Darrento discuss the matter,” the chief executive Stewart Regan told the club’s Web site. “Darren apologises for his behaviour which was a spur of the moment reaction after being barracked by the Lancashire fans. The club have dealt with the matter internally and are confident it will not happen again,” he added.

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Hoggard named for Test of Lord despite injury

England have named swing bowler Matthew Hoggard in a 13-man squad for the first Test against Pakistan starting at Lord’s this Thursday despite a freak accident that required six stitches in his bowling hand.

Hoggard, England’s senior bowler, was playing rugby in the warm-up game before the third day of England A’s match against Pakistan on Saturday when Yorkshire teammate Tim Bresnan stood on his hand.

Strike bowler Steve Harmison has been recalled after missing the drawn series against Sri Lanka with a shin injury. Selectors also included three other pacemen in Liam Plunkett, Sajid Mahmood and Jon Lewis as cover for Hoggard.

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England cricket team enjoys growing Pakistani fan base

Cricket fan Zahoor Qureshi, like a growing number of British Pakistanis, will sport the red and white of England rather than the green of Pakistan when a new Test series swings into action this week.

In a sign that some Asians living in Britain are starting to pass an infamous “cricket test” of national loyalty, Qureshi and his 13-year-old son say they prefer to support the England squad over the tourists.

Many more people, however, will be waving green flags for Pakistan as the two sides clash in the first Test of a four-match series starting at London’s Lord’s Cricket Ground on

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Yuvraj tops Indian batsmen in ODIs

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Yuvraj Singh may not have turned waves in India’s just concluded tour of the Caribbean but his exploits in One-day International (ODI) games he played so far this year were enough to place him at the top among Indian batsmen in the best players’ list.

Left-handed Yuvraj, who won three man-of-the-series awards on the trot — against South Africa (joint honour with Jacques Kallis), Pakistan and England — before the series against the West Indies, has 795 runs at a superb average of 61.15 from 17 ODIs.

The middle-order batsman is placed fourth in the list behind Sri Lankans Kumara Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene and Sanath Jayasuriya but possesses the highest average among all, as per the latest statistics available.

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