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Pakistan had to wait a week following victory over England at The Oval to have their rise to the No. Adidas Mikael Backlund Jersey . 1 Test ranking confirmed and they will get only a couple of days to enjoy the accolade before walking out at the Ageas Bowl, on the ring-road-and-retail-park outskirts of Southampton, with the slightly less awe-inspiring billing of ninth-best ODI side in the world.Thats life in the tightly scheduled world of international cricket, as Frank Sinatra didnt quite sing: Riding high in August, shot down in August. Azhar Ali, Pakistans ODI captain, played his part in the Test sides success, spanking the six that effectively took them to No. 1 (once the elements had nixed Indias chances of a 3-0 win in the Caribbean) and he is hopeful that some of the positivity engendered by the first leg of the tour will bleed through into the rest.Misbah-ul-Haq has been rightly hailed for his leadership in Tests but even he had his struggles with Pakistans 50-over cricket and since handing over to Azhar after the last World Cup results in ODIs have continued to be indifferent. They managed to hold off West Indies as Bangladesh surged through to make the Champions Trophy cut-off last year but now sit outside the top eight, with qualification for the World Cup at stake.Nevertheless, Azhar was able to enjoy the south-coast sunshine and bask briefly in a little reflected success before turning his attention to the challenge ahead in the five-match series against England.Confidence is very high and belief is there, obviously coming in from the Test series, we had a very good couple of months here. We take that confidence into the one-day internationals as well, Azhar said.It is a massive boost and a proud moment for Pakistan cricket and the whole nation is very happy about it, as players the team is really happy about it. Its definitely a good thing for us, our one-day ranking is not great right now but we will take the opportunity the way the team is performing, hopefully we can convert it into ODIs as well. He could also point to the low expectations people had of Pakistans chances of Test success in England - where they had not played in six years - when the team turned up to make the Ageas Bowl their base for a preparatory camp two months ago. No one rated us very highly [when we arrived] - a few people said we would be competitive but there were doubts if we could win the Test matches here. The boys really believed in the Test matches so here also, we believe we can do it.Pakistan were handed a 3-1 defeat by Eoin Morgans side in the more familiar environs of the UAE last winter but this series will take on greater significance, with the next two ICC 50-over trophies to be contested in England. Azhar described it as a good opportunity for us to keep in touch with the conditions and was also hopeful of ending a personal run of 12 innings and more than a year without passing 50 in ODIs.When you play international cricket, pressure is always there, he said. Ive had a few starts in recent months but I didnt convert into big scores so I will focus on that. As a batsman I need to score some big runs.Morgan would doubtless concur about the twin demands of captaincy and scoring heavily. He has not played for a month, after chipping a bone in his finger while playing for Middlesex, but proclaimed that a lack of matches doesnt bother me at all. His last half-century in either limited-overs format came in the UAE last November but he did find some form with an unbeaten 47 when England last played at the Ageas Bowl - an eight-wicket T20 win against Sri Lanka - and it is a ground where he averages 65.85, with two hundreds, in ODIs.Morgans style of captaincy has largely been free of prescriptions, preferring to grant his side the freedom to play in the way that suits them best, and he is also wary of predictions. Englands No. 5 ranking in part reflects how far they had slipped by the time of the World Cup (when they did even worse than Pakistan), as well as their inconsistency despite a year of record-breaking performances, and Morgan was grateful that the ECBs professed commitment to the one-day game extended to providing him with a full-strength side at the end of long summer.Ben Stokes is set to return after suffering a calf tear in the second Test against Pakistan, initially only as a batsman, while Mark Wood should make his first international appearance since the UAE tour, having recovered from ankle surgery. Alex Hales, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes have all been included after playing in the majority of Englands fixtures across this season.Yes, delighted, Morgan said of selection. I think its hugely important playing against Pakistan who are flying high at the minute, in Test cricket, but that rubs off on any side doing well. 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LONDON -- For his first managerial job, Jaap Stam hasnt taken an easy option.A Premier League and Champions League winner as a Manchester United player , the Dutchman has entered the dugout in a league with little job security and where the financial stakes are among the highest in soccer.Looking around the League Championship, English soccers second tier, the Reading manager knows his illustrious playing career will count for little if theres a slump in form.Six of the leagues 24 managers have been fired this month as clubs chase a place in the Premier League and a $200 million-plus jackpot.I can understand all the teams want to go to the Premier League as quick as they can because theres a big pile of (cash) over there, Stam said. Managers need to have time to work on the team to get a certain chemistry within the group to eventually be promoted.Two months into the season, only one Premier League manager has lost his job. Two were booted out by second-tier clubs within a few hours on Tuesday.Walter Zenga, a former Italy goalkeeper, lasted 87 days at Wolverhampton Wanderers before the club decided being 18th in the 24-team division was not good enough. Gary Caldwell led Wigan back into the League Championship from the third tier but has been dismissed from his first senior managerial role after 18 months.October started with Aston Villa firing Roberto Di Matteo, who won the Champions League during a brief spell as Chelsea manager in 2013. Alan Stubbs (Rotherham), Nigel Pearson (Derby) and Paul Trollope (Cardiff) joined Di Matteo in the ranks of unemployed coaches.Every team apart from Rotherham to fire their mangers this month has played in the Premier League. A team can make about 170 million pounds ($208 million) from the Premier League even if it is immediately relegated again thanks to the valuable television contracts and parachute payments to soften the blow for demoted teams. Marek Hrivik Jersey. Thai-owned Reading is one of 11 Championship teams with foreign investors seeking the prestige of a place in the top division. Four of the six teams to fire coaches in October are under overseas ownership, with Wolves and Villa the latest Chinese acquisitions.Wigan has enjoyed recent success, winning the FA Cup in 2013, but was relegated the same season from the Premier League and plummeted to third tier. Caldwell, a former Scotland midfielder, was fired on Tuesday with Wigan second-from-last after 14 matches.We deservedly won the League One title last season, said Wigan chairman David Sharpe, whose grandfather -- Dave Whelan -- owns the northwest team.However, we have not managed to carry on that momentum into this season and, after careful consideration over a period of time, I feel that we need to act now in the best long-term interests of the club.Reading was relegated from the Premier League in 2013. It is now eighth in the Championship, only a point from the playoff places, so Stam should be safe -- for now. A bad run of results can change everything, especially at a team that is working for its fourth manager in two years.Everybody working in the Championship knows that that (being fired) is possible, said Stam, who has previously worked on the Ajax coaching staff. But if you are afraid of getting sacked then you dont need to do this job.---Rob Harris is at and 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 ' ' '