Spot-fixing verdict expected in Doha

The world is likely to know today if Salman Butt, Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif - the Pakistan cricketers - are guilty of spot-fixing during a Test against England at Lord's last year.

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The world is likely to know today if Salman Butt, Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif - the Pakistan cricketers - are guilty of spot-fixing during a Test against England at Lord's last year.

Final arguments in Doha, Qatar, are expected to carry into today and then a three-person panel will make a ruling.

Centurion Bell hopes for top-order slot

Ian Bell made a strong case for his selection to England's limited-overs line-up after scoring 124 as the tourists beat the Australian Prime Minister's XI by seven wickets in a one-day match in Canberra yesterday. "Hopefully I will have an opportunity to bat at the top," Bell said.

Black Caps coach Wright asks for time

John Wright, the coach, has urged patience from fans following New Zealand's 10-wicket defeat to Pakistan inside three days of the first Test in Hamilton. "I can say to the public from all of us it was totally unacceptable and we've got to do a lot better," he said. "But show us some patience."