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  • In his first exclusive blog for Sky Sports from India, Ben Duckett praises Stuart Broad ahead of his 100th Test, takes a silver medal in a team FIFA tournament, and talks questionable haircuts… Wednesdays first Test against India cant come soon enough. Landon Collins Jersey .Weve been in Rajkot for the last couple of days now; the intensity of our training has picked up and were all just buzzing for the first Test. Weve got a great squad out here, and everyones very positive ahead of the series. Weve been warmly welcomed at our team hotel with a big picture featuring all of the guys, though for some reason theyve chosen a picture of me from when I was about 18!Zafar Ansari has also come out of it badly - like me, he has a questionable haircut on show. But I dont think anyone is too happy with their photo, to be honest.Stuart Broad is set to play in his 100th Test this week, and for a guy like me, on his first England tour, he has been such a great example; he has been extremely welcoming, and is really easy to talk to. Stuart Broad celebrates his 100th Test for England if picked to play against India in Rajkot I wasnt sure what to expect before I came out here. There are obviously some players who Ive never played with or against before. But after just a few weeks, I already feel like I know the guys really well, Theres no pecking order, no cliques. Everyone just gets on really well.Weve also got a team room in the hotel in which weve had FIFA tournaments going on, or table tennis. I somehow came runner-up to Jos Buttler in the first FIFA tournament - I have no idea how I managed to do that. Jos Buttler took the honours in the first England team FIFA tournament of the tour Since the disappointing end to the Bangladesh series in Dhaka, it has been nice to have some time off, and bond a bit more as a team.Its obviously going to be a difficult series in Indias backyard, like it was in Bangladesh, with spin again likely to feature heavily, though there might be a bit more for the seamers on these surfaces.Ravichandran Ashwin is a quality bowler, and has been very successful in Test cricket. Ravindra Jadeja, too, is going to be very difficult to play against. Indian offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin (right) is set to play a big part in the Test series against England But when England have been at their best in the past against other top-class spinners - against Shane Warne in the Ashes, for example - is when theyve taken the attack to those guys, tried to put them under pressure.Thats what I felt like I did well in my final innings in Bangladesh; Id been getting out stuck on the crease a little bit, but then in that last innings, I played my game - swept the ball positively against the spinners. Ben Duckett (R) on his way through to a first Test fifty in the second Test against Bangladesh in Dhaka You spend a lot of time imagining making your Test debut for England, you play things out in your head, the first over against seam etc - and then you get the surprise of spin first ball!I was slightly under prepared for that, but you have to adapt. Thats life in international cricket.As Alastair Cook said, they were some of the toughest wickets he has played on in his career, so it wasnt easy. And Bangladesh bowled very well.It was a pleasure to open with Cooky - a legend of the game - and that hundred partnership with him in the second Test, plus to get a fifty on the board personally, was very pleasing. Hopefully I can take that bit more confidence with me into this series. Alastair Cook hit fifty in a hundred partnership with Ben Duckett in the second Test in Bangladesh I like to keep things very simple. When I initially came out here, I wasnt even sure if I was going to be in the side, so Im just happy to represent my country, whatever number that may be.I grew up batting in the middle order, so moving down to No 4 will not be a problem. And out here, you can face either seam or spin at any time, so I dont think it makes too much difference where you bat. England XI for first Test? Our Sky Sports pundits select their England XIs for Wednesdays first Test against India in Rajkot. The best bit of advice Ive got since being out here from the senior guys like Cooky and Joe Root is, just play your natural game.Thats why Ive been picked, its why Im here, and so thats what Im hoping to do on Wednesday.England take on India in the first Test of their five-match tour, in Rajkot, from 3.30am this Wednesday on Sky Sports 2.  Watch the complete Test for £10.99 with no contract, with a Week Pass from NOW TV. Also See: India v England: Ways to watch England XI for the first Test? Inside track on India Broads 100th Test Quiz Sterling Shepard Jersey . The game marks the rare occasion when two homegrown running backs, Jon Cornish of the Calgary Stampeders and Andrew Harris of the B.C. Lions, will start in the West Divisions battle for a Grey Cup berth. Weston Richburg Jersey . - Roger Federer squandered a big lead and lost to No.London, England ( - Liverpool?s nightmare start to the Premier League season continued on Sunday when the Reds fell to a 3-1 defeat against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. The intimate south London ground was the scene where Liverpool?s title challenge came to an end last season as the Reds coughed up a 3-0 lead with nine minutes to play to draw 3-3, essentially ending their bid for a first league title in 24 years. Star striker Daniel Sturridge looked set to make his return to the starting 11, but suffered another thigh injury in training during the week which will leave him on the sidelines for another six weeks. With Mario Balotelli also on the shelf after picking up a knock on international duty, Reds manager Brendan Rodgers was left with few attacking options. Rickie Lambert got the start up top and the move paid immediate dividends as the boyhood Liverpool supporter got on the end of an excellent diagonal ball from former Southampton teammate Adam Lallana and slid it past Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni to give the Reds the lead after just 90 seconds. But the Eagles drew level in the 17th minute when a well-placed strike from Yannick Bolasie smacked the post, but Dwight Gayle followed in nicely and fired home. The match really opened up in the second half and the hosts took the lead 12 minutes from time when Bolasie got down the right flank and cut it back to the middle for Joe Ledley, who slid it through the legs of Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet. The exclamation point came nine minutes from time, starting when Gayle got in behind Martin Skrtel, forcing the Slovakian defender to pull him down for a free kick from 25 yards out. Nat Berhe Jersey. Palace captain Mile Jedinak stepped up and delivered a brilliant free kick into the top right corner of the net, leaving a sprawling Mignolet with no chance for a save. Liverpool pushed forward, but were never able to grab another goal as Palace hung on for all three points to jump out of the relegation zone with 12 points. Liverpool, meanwhile, are off to their worst start since the 1992-93 campaign with 14 points from 12 matches played. The Reds have also lost four straight across all competitions for the first time since 2009. Also in the Premier League on Sunday, Tottenham-Hotspur claimed a 2-1 win over 10-man Hull City at the KC Stadium on the strength of a 90th-minute goal from Christian Eriksen. Hull City had the upper hand early on and former Spurs player Jake Livermore put the home side in front after eight minutes. Things swung in favor of Spurs five minutes into the second half when Hull forward Gaston Ramirez was shown a straight red card for kicking out at Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen while on the ground, reducing the hosts to 10 men. Spurs drew level in the 61st minute through a goal from Harry Kane and just when it seemed the match would end in a draw, Eriksen uncorked a low strike from the center of the box with pace that beat Hull goalkeeper Allan McGregor to give Spurs a much-needed three points. The result lifts Spurs to 17 points from 12 matches, while Hull City remains on 11 points, just one clear of the relegation zone. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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