Abu Dhabi: Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott, like few other Test batsmen, are masters of passive aggression. On the surface they might appear perfectly polite but beneath their calm exterior there is all manner of mental disintegration going on. Pakistan were so worn down by their impassive resistance that for a while they came close to madness. The moment they banished them from their presence, joy abounded once more.
Pakistan made life hard for themselves. They frittered away both their umpiring reviews in a matter of minutes as Trott's resistance drove them to desperation in the desert air of Abu Dhabi. They fondly imagined they had dismissed him twice because they were desperate to get rid of him. Then when he really did depart, Abdur Rehman finding unexpectedly big turn to bowl him for 74, their feelgood factor immediately returned.