ABU DHABI, UAE (AP): Captain Alastair Cook kept England in the game with an unbeaten century yesterday, although Pakistan fought back with two late wickets on the third day of the first Test. Pakistan fast bowler Wahab Riaz removed Ian Bell and night-watchman Mark Wood, but England reached 290-3 at close of play thanks to Cook’s gritty knock of 168 not out at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. Cook scored his 28th Test hundred and he and Ian Bell put on 165 runs for the second wicket – England’s all-time highest in the UAE. Joe Root was giving him company, at stumps, not out on three. “I think he has shown that he can bat for days in these parts of the world,” Bell said of Cook. “He is ready to go in tomorrow and carry on from where he left. The thing with Cookie is that he is so organised, his defence is so good, and his shot selection against the spinners was excellent.” Bell finally departed five overs before close of play for a streaky 63, cutting a Riaz delivery into the hands of Mohammed Hafeez at point. One over later, Riaz got rid of Wood, who fended a rising delivery into his wicket. But it was a battling knock under the hot sun by Cook, although he was dropped by Fawad Alam on 147 when attempting to sweep left-arm orthodox spinner Zulfiqar Babar. Cook played aggressive cricket in the pre-lunch session when he was unbeaten on 78 and played several shots, including stepping out against Babar and sweeping him repeatedly, but was more circumspect in the next two sessions as the Abu Dhabi pitch started showing some effects of wear and tear. He did reach his century with a boundary, though, a cracking shot through the cover area off Wahab Riaz. Khan troubled him early in his second spell of the day midway through the first session but was rewarded with the wicket of Moeen instead when he nudged at an away going delivery and edged it to wicket-keeper Sarfaraz Ahmed. Moeen had made a cautious 35, eschewing all risk and hitting just two boundaries in his 131-ball stay before his indiscretion against Imran. He and Cook put together 116 runs for the first wicket. “I think Cook batted beautifully, and we have seen him do this often in the sub-continent,” Pakistan bowling coach Mushtaq Ahmed said. “He has the ability to kill the little bit of zip that the seamers and spinners were getting out there. The way he played, he also took the pressure off other batsmen.” England still trail Pakistan’s first-innings total of 523 for eight declared by 233 runs.
Donegal GAA star Eamon McGee has taken to Twitter to respond to the article penned by Kevin Cassidy in his weekly column with Gaelic Life.Cassidy wrote a hard hitting column regarding the latest fixtures fall-out in Donegal and blasted the decision by the county board.Cassidy said that time and time again it’s the ordinary club player that is made to suffer and that enough is enough. He also said it was time that the county players grow a set of balls and stand up for their club.Cassidy says that without their local GAA club the current crop of county stars wouldn’t have been given the platform to perform at the level they’re now operating at.However, McGee hit back on Twitter and brought up the fact that Cassidy sat and watched his own club Gaoth Dobhair play Glenswilly in the Donegal SFC in May so he could go and play for a team in the USA.McGee tweeted, “Cass is giving out about commitment to clubs, yet he watched as we played Glenswilly this year to play for team in USA. That tweeted sparked a series of responses on McGee’s Twitter timeline from other users.Conor Gleeson wrote, “Inter-county players are least qualified to comment on this situation. What he’s saying is not specific to Donegal. 100% Right!Mike Linehan wrote. “Cassidy is spot on with that article.McGee responded by saying, “Not arguing that he makes a good point but his actions in real life totally contradict his view points.In another tweet McGee also conceded that something has to be done fairly quick to sort out the yearly problem with club fixtures in Donegal. McGee will continue to concentrate on preparations for this weekend’s Ulster SFC final against Monaghan.McGee has enjoyed an excellent season so far and is a top-class performer who will be hoping he gets his hands on yet another Anglo Celt on Sunday afternoon.MCGEE RESPONDS TO CASSIDY’S ARTICLE ON CLUB FIXTURES FALL-OUT was last modified: July 13th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Eamon McGeeFall-outfixturesGAAKevin CassidynewsRiwSportTwiiter