Day three from a beautiful oasis surrounded by the purest sand (wink wink)

We’re NOT doomed I tells ya. We’re not dooooommmmed! Ok, it’s not the first time we’ve been wrong. But it’s not like we’re in control of a nuclear arsenal, or the European economy or anything, so who gives a Shane Watson.

Rather than being cleaned up by the guy with the controversial action this morning (that’s Mohammad Hafeez I’m talking about by the way), we managed to compile a first innings lead of seventy. It wasn’t easy, but when Stuart Broad was at the crease, it was certainly great to watch. What a hugely talented all round cricketer he is.

At one point, Pakistan slumped to 54-4 in their second innings – raising hopes that we were going to win easily. However, as seems to be the case with England in this series, these hopes were merely ephemeral.  Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq battled bravely in the final hour and Pakistan finished the day a useful 55 runs ahead.

The first hour tomorrow is obviously going to be key. The good news is that Pakistan’s tail is as long as Charles Colville’s night shift covering the Australia versus India test series. If we get a couple of early wickets, we should win comfortably.

However, if Pakistan stretch their lead to 150 or 200, we could be in for a cracking game – and inevitably, more whinging about the legitimacy of Saeed Ajmal’s javelin technique.

James Morgan


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