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Pakistan take T20 title

Pakistan landed the first blow in their MCC Spirit of Cricket series of clashes with Australia - ahead of the first Test at Lord's.

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Pakistan are playing a number of 'home' matches in England, sponsored by MCC Spirit of Cricket.

They played two Twenty20 Internationals against Australia at Edgbaston - winning both.

The same sides then play two Test matches - first at Lord's (13-17 July) then at Headingley (21-25 July).

The teams will have a quite different make-up for the Test matches but like the recent One Day Series between England and Australia both sides are eager to take the psychological advantage.

Stars of both formats

It was players likely to feature in the Test matches that starred in Pakistan's wins at Edgbaston.

In the first game Umar Akmal's brutal 64 from just 31 balls included three 6s and sevens 4s.

Pakistan's total of 167 looked in danger until Test bowler Umar Gul took two wickets in an over - including that of in-form danger-man Mike Hussey - who had scored 79 (from 60 balls) against England just days before.

In the second match it was Umar's older brother Kamran Akmal who top scored (with 33). Mohammad Aamer starred with the ball, taking 3-27

Australia included many players likely to make their Test line-up too and, despite the result, will be cheered by the return to fitness of Mitchell Johnson.

The influential pace-bowler bowled his full allocation of four overs in both matches, ending with just one wicket - but his return to action is a boost for the Aussies.


There are still tickets available for all of the first four days of the MCC Spirit of Cricket Test at Lord's (tickets for day five are never sold in advance).

Prices start at just £5 for under-16s.

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