From the back pages, July 13: England stand their ground as umpire error proves catching

From the back pages
From the back pages

Ian Bell has always been known as a batsman with a pure sense of timing, and yesterday he chose a prime moment to make his most significant Ashes contribution in a home Test match. He finished the day five runs short of what would be his eighteenth Test hundred, and his best, pushing England into the ascendency for the first time since Ashton Agar changed the complexion of the game on the second day. (The Times)

Kevin Pietersen dismissed suggestions that Stuart Broad had breached the spirit of cricket by standing his ground to capitalise on the latest umpiring howler to mar this dramatic Trent Bridge Test, insisting that England “play hard and very, very fair”. Pietersen’s appearance at the end-of-play round of media interviews was surprising enough – the first time he has done so without having scored a century in more than a year – and his staunch defence of Broad would have seemed even more remarkable when relations between the pair were icy last summer. The reintegration process would seem to have worked. (The Guardian)

Stuart Broad controversially refused to walk after being caught at slip to leave Australia furious on the third day of the first Investec Ashes Test at Trent Bridge. The England bowler clearly edged Ashton Agar to Michael Clarke via Brad Haddin’s gloves but he was given not out by umpire Aleem Dar and did not leave the field. (Daily Mail)

DAVID MOYES has told Jose Mourinho: “Wayne Rooney will not be sold.” The Chelsea boss earlier revealed he was a fan of the striker but did not like to talk about players from other clubs. (The Sun)

Wayne Rooney has flown home from Manchester United’s pre-season tour with a hamstring injury and will be out for a month. And in another hammer blow, new boss David Moyes is set to miss out on prime transfer target Thiago Alcantara, who will instead sign for Bayern Munich. (The Mirror)

MANCHESTER UNITED have reportedly reached an agreement over a deal for Benfica’s Ezequiel Garay. (The Express)

Reports in France are suggesting that Manchester City could move for Paris Saint-Germain’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic in a bid to replace Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli. (The Independent)

Mark Cavendish’s winning smile was back, wider than the Champs-Élysées, and Chris Froome appeared for the first time a pale picture of dismay after a bewilderingly thrilling stage witnessed dramatically contrasting fortunes for Britain’s two Tour de France stars. (GThe TelegraphS)