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  • Moeen Ali thanked the England selectors and team management after leading the fightback on the first day at The Oval. Nike Air VaporMax CS .Moeen, who caressed his second century of the summer to help England rebuild from a perilous position of 110 for 5, admitted there have been times he would have dropped himself in recent months and described some recent performances - not least his second innings dismissal in the first Test of the series at Lords when he skipped down the wicket to Yasir Shah and missed a leg-break - as embarrassing.But he credited the faith and consistency of the selectors for the increased confidence of the side in all formats and for his own improved performances.I probably wouldnt have picked myself at one stage, Moeen said. I was embarrassed after Lords. But they stuck with me. Thats the good thing about this side: they stick with players and you see the results. Ive got to thank the selectors and Alastair Cook. I probably wouldnt have picked myself at one stage. It was 50:50.Sometimes guys just need a bit of experience. Each game, you get a bit better. Its a bit like my first-class career: when I first came in, I only averaged 20-something. I got the odd 100 but struggled a bit. But after a while, you get used to it and you get better.It has been noticeable that Moeens form with the bat has improved since injury to Ben Stokes precipitated his promotion back to No. 7 in the order. While he averages 14 as an opener (from six innings), 28.06 (from 19 innings) at No. 8 and 21 (from 11 innings) at No. 6 (he has not batted at No. 3, 4 or 5 at Test level), he now averages 97.16 (from nine innings) when batting at No. 7. All three of his Test centuries have come in the position.While he concedes he has to find a way to cope with the mental shift in coming in as low as No. 8, he also makes no secret of the fact that he finds the No. 7 position more comfortable. To a man who grew-up as a batsman, who used to take pride in selling his wicket dearly and learned to build an innings, coming in with the tail and often feeling the need to slog a quick 20 or 30 never sat easily.Being pushed up that one spot up gave me a boost, Moeen said. I feel like I can go out and play like a batsman. If I go down to No. 8, Ive got to do that as well. After Lords I told myself that, even if I was batting at 8, I would go out like I was batting No. 3 for Worcestershire.I was really embarrassed with my shot at Lords. I decided I had to bat properly again now. I was sick and tired of not scoring runs for England.You could argue that we saw both sides of the continuity of selection debate here. While Moeen vindicated the selectors faith with a century, James Vince failed again. It is increasingly hard to avoid the conclusion that the faith shown in him will not, for now at least, be rewarded.Neither selection was necessarily right or wrong. Had Moeen been caught in the slips on 9, as he should have been, England would have been in deep trouble and the decision to persist with him over Adil Rashid might have been questioned once more. Vince, meanwhile, was unfortunate enough to receive a fine delivery that demanded a stroke, lifted and left him. He was the only man in the top four with no reason to rebuke himself for his dismissal.Vince may reflect, however, on the harsh nature of international cricket. Deliveries like this will come along from time to time, so it is essential that, once he has established himself at the crease - and he has reached 35 on four occasions in Tests this summer - he takes advantage. In years to come, he may well regret not capitalising on those starts more than the three single figure scores he has suffered.He was unfortunate here, for sure, but this was his sixth dismissal to an edge to the cordon and his tenth dismissal in Test cricket without registering a half-century. You cant keep putting these things down to chance.It all means that England may well end the summer (they are likely to have one more innings) with no better idea of their best middle-order than they had at the start. With perhaps only the No. 4 spot up for grabs in Asia - it looks at present as if Jonny Bairstow will bat at No. 5, with Ben Stokes at No. 6, Moeen at No. 7, Chris Woakes at No. 8, Adil Rashid at No. 9 and Stuart Broad and James Anderson at No. 10 and 11 respectively, Gary Ballance, who has not made an irrefutable case for his own retention, may find himself competing with an all-rounder who can act as the third spinner - perhaps Zafar Ansari or Samit Patel - for the final spot in the side. Australias seamers may have noted, too, that Moeen took a ferocious blow to the head from a Wahab Riaz bouncer first ball. While his phlegmatic response to the incident was impressive - little seems to ruffle Moeen - the likes of Mitchell Starc will have noted that the technical issues that have, in the past, rendered Moeen vulnerable to the short ball remain. With an Ashes tour little more than a year away, such moments will have been stored in Australia for future reference.With Moeen stroking his way to a century he rated as the best of his career to date - the standing ovation he received on bringing up his century with a six suggested spectators at The Oval agreed - and England finishing with a total only 50 or so under par, the England management could fool themselves into concluding that all is well with this team.They will know, though, that had Wahab not over-stepped and had the Pakistan slip cordon been better, England could well have been dismissed for a total of around 180. Whether they reach the No 1 ranking or not in the coming weeks, they know that holes need to be filled. The depth of the batting keeps masking flaws but, against the best sides - and we may not look back on this as one of the stronger ages of Test cricket - the chances will be taken and England will not be allowed to escape.Moeen remains a man on trial. His role as Englands first choice spin bowler - a position that he held by a thread ahead of the Old Trafford Test - remains debatable and he may well have an important part to play in this match. While his bowling performances this series may have been underwhelming (he averages 67.57 with this bat this summer and 71 this series), his bowling returns since Lords have actually been noticeable better than Yasir Shahs.Yasir has claimed four wickets for 562 runs since his 10-wicket haul at Lords - thats a bowling average of 140.50 in the last two-and-a-half Tests - while Moeen has taken seven wickets at a cost of 37 apiece. These pitches have offered little to either man.Still, whatever happens with the ball, the depth of Englands batting line-up continues to save them. Moeen, Bairstow - who may well finish the year having broken Andy Flowers record aggregate of Test runs in a year (he made 1,045 in 2000; Bairstow now has 911 with seven-and-a-half Test left to play) from a wicketkeeper - Stokes, Woakes et al. continue to exhaust bowlers and punish the mistakes of fielders. Not for the first time, Pakistans four-man attack was exposed by the England lower-order at The Oval. That depth may well prove to have been the difference between the sides. Nike Vapormax Flyknit Uomo . Radwanska, making her debut in the Seoul tournament, hit eight aces in a match that lasted 1 hour, 4 minutes at Olympic Park tennis stadium. "It was definitely a very good match -- I was playing really good tennis," Radwanska said. Nike Air Vapormax Flyknit Scontate . Louis Blues. Shane Hnidy joins Brian Munz for the broadcast on TSN 1290 Radio at 7pm ct. ;. The native of Mont-Tremblant, Que., captured a World Cup downhill event Saturday, his second this year and fifth career victory on the circuit.CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Bengals cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones pleaded not guilty Tuesday to an assault charge after police say he hit a woman at a nightclub last week, the latest in a string of legal troubles hes had. An lawyer for Jones, 29, entered the plea a day after he was arrested and then released on his own recognizance. He attended the start of the Bengals training camp Tuesday and worked out with the team in the afternoon, but declined to comment. Jones is accused of hitting a 34-year-old woman at a downtown Cincinnati nightclub Wednesday shortly before midnight. A police report lists the injury as apparently minor. Jones attorney, Edward Perry, declined to comment. "The situation Adam Jones is in obviously is not something you want to get involved in," coach Marvin Lewis said. "Its unfortunate that hes in this situation. Thats really about all I can add to it." Surveillance video of altercation, obtained by a local radio station and verified as authentic by Cincinnati police, appears to show Jones approaching two seated women outside the club. Then, a third woman approaches Jones and appears to confront him. The grainy video shows the woman reach toward Jones face but its unclear what she does or whether shes holding anything in her hand. Jones then appears to hit the woman, who falls to the ground but quickly gets up and follows Jones off-camera as another man with him ushers him away. The woman in the video, identified by police as 34-year-old Shannon Wesley, did not return a call for comment. Jones could be punished by the National Football League under its conduct policy. Spokesman Greg Aiello said the league would review the latest arrest when appropriate. Jones wasnt suspended for an arrest in July 2011, when he was accused of being disorderly, shouting profanities and trying to pull away as officers arrested him at a bar in downtown Cincinnati. VaporMax KPU Uomo. As part of an agreement to settle that case, he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanour count of disorderly conduct in Hamilton County Municipal Court and was sentenced to one year of probation and 50 hours of community service. Hed stayed out of trouble until his latest arrest. Last year, he was ordered to pay $11 million in damages to two Las Vegas strip club employees injured in 2007 when a gunman claiming he was doing Jones bidding opened fire outside the club after Jones and his entourage were kicked out. A club manager was paralyzed from the waist down and a bouncer was wounded. Jones said he had no role in the shooting and pleaded an equivalent of no contest to misdemeanour conspiracy to commit disorderly conduct. The gunman, Arvin Kenti Edwards, is serving four to 10 years in prison. Jones got into a lot of trouble early in his career. The cornerback was the sixth overall pick in 2005 but repeatedly had off-field issues with Tennessee, resulting in suspensions. He missed the entire 2007 season on suspension and sat out the 2009 season when no team was interested. The Bengals gave him another chance and he has taken advantage of it, developing into their third cornerback and punt returner. Instead of being a distraction, hes blended into one of the leagues top defences. Cincinnati finished sixth last season in yards allowed. Hes also become close to some of the other defensive players. "I didnt know much about him before, but hes been one of my best friends since a little while after he got here," cornerback Leon Hall said. "We kind of meshed. We live not too far from each other. We dont have the same personality, but weve clicked pretty well. Hes been a pleasure for me ever since he came out here." 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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