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Just another manic Monday.

Byline: Bruce Millington

MONDAY morning is rarely the busiest period in spread offices, but today should be an exception, with live football and the mouth-watering conclusion to the second Test ensuring the phones are rarely on the hook.

Whether or not England achieve their victory target at Old Trafford is open to question, but what will encourage them is the way Pakistan pair Inzamam and Yousef Youhanna saw off the England bowlers upon resumption yesterday, adding 117 before the partnership was broken. IG and Sporting offer buyers the chance to hit profit if Mike Atherton and Marcus Trescothick add another 47 runs without a Pakistan breakthrough today.

The Confederations Cup clash between Japan and Brazil, live on Channel 5, is significantly less competitive than the cricket.

Sporting, the only firm to offer bookings prices on the tournament, pitch cards at 24-27, which reflects an average of 27 in the ten matches played so far. The referee is Kim Milton Neilsen, David Beckham's old china.

Japan have had three players booked and Brazil two from their two group matches.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jun 4, 2001
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