3rd Test: England edge ahead as wickets tumble

England finish Day 1 of the 3rd Test against Pakistan with a 5-run lead as 16 wickets fall by the close of day's play.

updated: February 03, 2012 21:27 IST
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Dubai: England's batting has been so ineffably weak in this Test series that even the sight of a Pakistan side bundled out for 99 was not about to fill them with resolve. Where once they were steadfast now they are overwrought. All logic suggested they should have ended the opening day of the third Test in a position of authority but logic left this series long ago.


It is the first time that Test cricket has been played in winter in the UAE and the pitches have been enlivened from their usual moribund state as a result but not remotely to the extent that the scores suggest. Every day brings something more bizarre. This should not by any stretch of the imagination have been a 16-wicket day.

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