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Andrew Strauss previews "stern challenge"

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Andrew Strauss is expecting Pakistan to provide England with a "stern challenge" over the coming weeks.

England captain Andrew Strauss believes that Pakistan will provide his side with a "stern challenge" during the upcoming Test series between the two nations.

Strauss has guided England to the top of Test world rankings in recent months but has insisted that everyone must move on from that achievement.

"Getting to number one in the rankings is nothing, really," Strauss told a press conference. "It's your name on a piece of paper, that's all it is.

"There's always a new challenge ahead of you, this one coming up against Pakistan is a very stern challenge.

"Whenever an England side go to the subcontinent it's a challenge anyway because it requires a different set of skills to win out here."

England player their first warm-up fixture on Saturday afternoon against an ICC Combined Associate and Affiliate XI.

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Saturday's key events


TRIATHLON
· After silvers in both the men's and women's events, Team GB will be fancied to get on the podium again in the mixed relay (11.30pm-1am)

SWIMMING
· Touted as Michael Phelps's successor, Caeleb Dressel already has two gold medals from these Games and he will be going for a third in the men's 50m butterfly final (2.30am)
· It is Katie Ledecky vs. Ariarne Titmus III in the women's 800m freestyle final, with Ledecky entering as firm favourite (2.46am)
· Great Britain will be heavily fancied to add another gold medal to their swimming haul, having produced by far the fastest qualifying time for the mixed 4x100m medley relay final (3.43am)

ATHLETICS
· Dina Asher-Smith is one of three British women in the 100m semi-finals (3.01am-3.20am), and will hope to challenge for a medal in what is likely to be a star-studded final (1.50pm)
· The inaugural Olympic 4x400m mixed relay event concludes with Great Britain one of the eight finalists going for gold (1.35pm)

RUGBY SEVENS
· Team GB's dreams of an unlikely gold are still alive in the women's event as they face France in their semi-final (3.30am). The winners will face either New Zealand or Fiji in the gold medal match later in the day (10am)

SAILING
· Gold medals are up for grabs in the windsurfer - RS:X finals. Emma Wilson participates for Team GB in the women's final (6.33am), while Tom Squires is in action in the men's (7.33am)

TENNIS
· Following his shock semi-final defeat, ending his hopes of a Golden Slam in 2021, Novak Djokovic battles for bronze against Pablo Carreno Busta (7am)
· The women's singles event reaches its conclusion with the gold medal match between Belinda Bencic and Marketa Vondrousova

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