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Buoyant England aim to wrap up series

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LEEDS, England (AP) It was only a week ago that the England cricket team was in a state of turmoil, with no coach, no real identity and seemingly no chance of winning the Ashes this summer.

All that changed in five days of absorbing, aggressive test cricket that lifted the gloom hanging over the national XI and brought the English public back on side. Even the incessant chat about Kevin Pietersen has reduced - and that's no mean feat.

England's 124-run win over New Zealand, completed Monday toward the end of a dramatic fifth day at Lord's, was followed a day later by confirmation that Trevor Bayliss - a highly respected Australian - had been hired as head coach.

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Cook closes in on Gooch's batting record

LEEDS, England (AP) A year ago, England captain Alastair Cook had to relay news to Graham Gooch that he was being fired as the country's batting coach. Over the next couple of days, Cook is likely to break Gooch's long-standing record as England's all-time leading run scorer.

It's hardly any way to treat your mentor and long-time friend. (MORE)

Zimbabwe captain Chigumbura banned

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) Stand-in captain Hamilton Masakadza said Thursday the two-match suspension of regular skipper Elton Chigumbura is a big blow for Zimbabwe when it takes on Pakistan in the second one-day international on Friday.

The ICC has suspended Chigumbura for the remaining two ODIs against Pakistan for maintaining slow over-rate during his side's 41-run loss on Tuesday. (MORE)

Bayliss appointed England head coach

LONDON (AP) England hired Trevor Bayliss as its new head cricket coach on Tuesday, and the Australian's first task will be to recapture the Ashes against his native country.

The 52-year-old Bayliss never played international cricket for Australia but has had success around the world as a coach. (MORE)

Malik leads Pakistan to 41-run victory

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) All-rounder Shoaib Malik made a winning return to limited-overs cricket with a blistering century as Pakistan defeated Zimbabwe by 41 runs in their first one-day international on Tuesday.

Malik's 112 off 76 balls helped Pakistan to a challenging total of 375-3, and even an impressive 117 off 95 balls by Zimbabwe captain Elton Chingumbura's wasn't enough as the tourists reached 334-5 - their highest total against Pakistan in 49 ODIs. (MORE)

Pakistan hoping to host more tours

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) The Pakistan Cricket Board is hoping to host more test-playing nations after Zimbabwe became the first major international team to play in the country for six years.

PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan said Tuesday that current and former officials from the cricket boards of England, India and Sri Lanka have supported his work to host Zimbabwe's current tour, which features two Twenty20s and three one-day internationals. (MORE)

England beat New Zealand by 124 runs

LONDON (AP) England took a thrilling first test at Lord's when it bowled out New Zealand for 220 to win by 124 runs with 9.3 overs to spare in the final session on Monday.

Six bowlers shared the wickets as the team produced a victory following a tumultuous buildup, including the sacking of their coach, in an engrossing match that was a gift to test cricket. (MORE)

England whittle down coach search

(AP) -- England is closing in on hiring a new coach for its national cricket team.

The England and Wales Cricket Board said Monday it is in exclusive negotiations with its preferred candidate, who is widely reported in the British and Australian media to be Trevor Bayliss. (MORE)

Pakistan hope to carry on winning

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) Pakistan will try and carry its winning momentum against Zimbabwe into their one-day international series from Tuesday, knowing nothing less than a 3-0 win would keep them in contention for next year's Champions Trophy.

Pakistan clinched the Twenty20s with two hard-fought victories in front of sell-out crowds of 27,000 at Gaddafi Stadium, in the first major international cricket matches in the country in six years. (MORE)

Cook, Stokes drive England lead to 295

LONDON (AP) Centuries by Alastair Cook and Ben Stokes propelled England to 429-6 for a lead of 295 over New Zealand on Sunday, as the hosts took back control of the first test at Lord's heading into the final day.

The hundreds came in vastly different fashion, but appropriate at the time in the match. (MORE)


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