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Sky Cricket Podcast: Sir Ian Botham on Alex Hales and Scunthorpe

Where does Warne think Australia will dominate at Olympics?

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Sir Ian Botham and Shane Warne were in great voice after day three of the third Test - discussing the state of play at Edgbaston and much more on the Sky Cricket Podcast.

England bossed proceedings in Birmingham on Friday - the hosts reaching 120-0 after bowling Pakistan out for 400 to take a slender 17-run lead into day four, which you can catch from 10.30am on Sky Sports 2 on Saturday.

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Alastair Cook (64no) and Alex Hales (50no) led the charge - Cook becoming England's leading run-scorer across all formats in the process - and both openers were praised by Botham at stumps.

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The Sky Cricket expert explained why Cook's ability to leave the ball has helped his run rate soar, and also assessed the contribution of Hales, who notched his first fifty of the series from the final ball of the day.

Beefy also reflected on James Anderson being hauled out of England's attack for treading on the pitch, as well as looking forward to Scunthorpe's opening game of the Football League season, against Bristol Rovers.

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James Anderson was taken out of the England attack after receiving his his third warning for running on the pitch.

Plus, Warne discussed why Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah will have a key role to play on day four, as well as Australia's struggles in Sri Lanka and how their swimmers should dominate in the pool at the Olympics.

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