England v Pakistan, 4th npower Test, Lord's, 1st day August 26, 2010

Strauss falls on rain-hit opening day

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England 39 for 1 (Cook 10*, Trott 8*) v Pakistan
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Mohammad Asif made an important breakthrough for Pakistan when he removed Andrew Strauss, but bad light and rain meant just 12.3 overs were possible on the opening day of the final Test at Lord's. It was no surprise that Salman Butt put England into bat and conditions favoured the seamers, but England's openers had combated the early threat until Asif made his mark.

There wasn't much Strauss could have done about his dismissal as the ball pitched just outside off and swung back into the left hander and hit middle. It continued Strauss's relatively lean series but on this occasion it was bowling skill rather than a batting error that brought the wicket.

Alastair Cook should have gone in the third over of the day when he edged Mohammad Amir to third slip only for Umar Akmal to drop a regulation catch. Pakistan's fielding improved hugely at The Oval and was a key reason for their victory and this was a worrying return to previous form for the slips.

Amir, who began the Test with five wides down the leg side, wasn't quite at his best and was a touch too wide to make the most of conditions. However, he thought he'd removed Cook caught behind on 9 but the review system proved the ball missed the edge and bat had clipped pad.

Asif was metronomic from the start of his spell and beat Cook with a couple of beautiful deliveries which shaped away late before bringing one back into Strauss with perfect results.

By then the conditions were becoming an issue despite the floodlights coming on, although Jonathan Trott didn't have much trouble opening his account with a sweet clip through midwicket which he followed with a positive off drive. A few moments later the players were off and didn't return.

Both teams were unchanged from The Oval with England using the same XI throughout the series and Pakistan resisting the temptation to rush back Umar Gul following his hamstring injury. Gul's replacement, Wahab Riaz, was an able stand-in with a five-wicket haul on his debut at The Oval.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • FaisalAsghar on August 27, 2010, 11:57 GMT

    well the fine thingy might work but whod decide the difficulty of a dropped chance? im sure theyd invent a workaround and get minimum fines, id be compelled to push this a lil forwad and suggest the management introduce some incentive as well, i dont know maybe best day in the field or something...but whatever it takes, Pakistan really really needs to improve its fielding standards!!!

  • abbasfaisal_ on August 27, 2010, 9:33 GMT

    i am not able to understand that why they keep selecting u akmal. i mean the guy hasn't shown any form with the bat in the whole 5 test matches. if pakistan loose this test match i think it is going to be due to its poor fielding. i think pakistan need to improve its fielding more then its batting because i consider that most of the matches that it has lost in the past two years or so have been due to their fielding since most of the times they drop a batsman early in his start then he goes on to get s big score.

  • khurramsch on August 27, 2010, 7:58 GMT

    its realy pity for pakistan bowlers. whts the point of bowling good when u have such fielders who can drop dollys? its not only the runs cook will score after that chance its partnership, and overs consumed as well. he was droped in 3rd over at 1run, & then they managed to make partnership of 31 until 11th over & used new ball under these conditions.

  • atifshahid on August 27, 2010, 7:14 GMT

    why on earth these akmal brothers are selected in playing eleven. Cricket is not all about batting and bowling the fielding makes a huge difference. See SA and Australia as they have set high standards in fielding. In Sydney test v lost due to dropped catches and more specifically due to kamran akmal. Now in england we have atleast dropped around 20 catches...could u believe that? i guess a team like australia wont even reach this figure in 10 tests which v have achieved in 3 tests. Best replacement for Umar Akmal can be fawwad Alam, hammad azam or any other youngster. This would surely help pakistan as well as umar akmal for the betterment of his career. But as far as kamran akmal is concerned i am afraid he should not be selected because he has technical flaws in keeping gloves behind the wicket... plz take a notice. i luv cricket and i dont want pakistan to lose.

  • on August 27, 2010, 7:07 GMT

    @ moinilyas, sorry brother you are late, i have already suggested such idea in my last comment

  • KingPunter on August 27, 2010, 6:24 GMT

    Very disappointing for Pakistan. They simply cannot be consistent in their catching. All hopes of leveling this series will be shattered even before their team comes to bat i suppose. It was a good toss to win for Butt, and 2 wickets down would have helped. That uncertainty in English dressing room would have remained intact. If there's no cloud cover tomorrow Cook might fancy his chances.

  • on August 27, 2010, 5:46 GMT

    Rain spoiled the day, but it could have been 39/3 if umar amkal dont drop that chance. That the price PCB have to pay guys. All of us knows that how safe fielder Younis Khan is in Slips. Check his record. If he could have been selected then i am damn sure that result would have been 2-1 Pakstan victory. But now, we have to pay the price, we will keep them in slip and they will drop these chances. I just cant under stand why the hell PCB is not learning by mistakes. A man who did nothing,who are brilliant with the bat , why the kept him away from team. And @ England, they are an ordinary team, because they are up against a young side, and a side who dropped 20 catches in the series.

  • on August 27, 2010, 5:45 GMT

    Rain spoiled the day, but it could have been 39/3 if umar amkal dont drop that chance. That the price PCB have to pay guys. All of us knows that how safe fielder Younis Khan is in Slips. Check his record. If he could have been selected then i am damn sure that result would have been 2-1 Pakstan victory. But now, we have to pay the price, we will keep them in slip and they will drop these chances. I just cant under stand why the hell PCB is not learning by mistakes. A man who did nothing,who are brilliant with the bat , why the kept him away from team. And @ England, they are an ordinary team, because they are up against a young side, and a side who dropped 20 catches in the series.

  • RiazAhmed on August 27, 2010, 5:40 GMT

    The performance could be improved with more practice and efforts. This requires your will, devotion and psychological fitness/strength. Unfortunately Pakistani cricket players lack all these must ingredients. One must understand that first we have to prepare our players to mentally accept and commit that they have to win and they can win. Poor performance is an symptom and not a cause. The PCB and other commentators have been trying to address the symptoms since many years.

    Please address the cause Muhammad Riaz

  • SULMI on August 27, 2010, 5:15 GMT

    lets hope for the best asif and amir will rap this off quickly inspite of bad fielding but pakistan will suerly win this match by comprehansive margen.Inshallah

  • FaisalAsghar on August 27, 2010, 11:57 GMT

    well the fine thingy might work but whod decide the difficulty of a dropped chance? im sure theyd invent a workaround and get minimum fines, id be compelled to push this a lil forwad and suggest the management introduce some incentive as well, i dont know maybe best day in the field or something...but whatever it takes, Pakistan really really needs to improve its fielding standards!!!

  • abbasfaisal_ on August 27, 2010, 9:33 GMT

    i am not able to understand that why they keep selecting u akmal. i mean the guy hasn't shown any form with the bat in the whole 5 test matches. if pakistan loose this test match i think it is going to be due to its poor fielding. i think pakistan need to improve its fielding more then its batting because i consider that most of the matches that it has lost in the past two years or so have been due to their fielding since most of the times they drop a batsman early in his start then he goes on to get s big score.

  • khurramsch on August 27, 2010, 7:58 GMT

    its realy pity for pakistan bowlers. whts the point of bowling good when u have such fielders who can drop dollys? its not only the runs cook will score after that chance its partnership, and overs consumed as well. he was droped in 3rd over at 1run, & then they managed to make partnership of 31 until 11th over & used new ball under these conditions.

  • atifshahid on August 27, 2010, 7:14 GMT

    why on earth these akmal brothers are selected in playing eleven. Cricket is not all about batting and bowling the fielding makes a huge difference. See SA and Australia as they have set high standards in fielding. In Sydney test v lost due to dropped catches and more specifically due to kamran akmal. Now in england we have atleast dropped around 20 catches...could u believe that? i guess a team like australia wont even reach this figure in 10 tests which v have achieved in 3 tests. Best replacement for Umar Akmal can be fawwad Alam, hammad azam or any other youngster. This would surely help pakistan as well as umar akmal for the betterment of his career. But as far as kamran akmal is concerned i am afraid he should not be selected because he has technical flaws in keeping gloves behind the wicket... plz take a notice. i luv cricket and i dont want pakistan to lose.

  • on August 27, 2010, 7:07 GMT

    @ moinilyas, sorry brother you are late, i have already suggested such idea in my last comment

  • KingPunter on August 27, 2010, 6:24 GMT

    Very disappointing for Pakistan. They simply cannot be consistent in their catching. All hopes of leveling this series will be shattered even before their team comes to bat i suppose. It was a good toss to win for Butt, and 2 wickets down would have helped. That uncertainty in English dressing room would have remained intact. If there's no cloud cover tomorrow Cook might fancy his chances.

  • on August 27, 2010, 5:46 GMT

    Rain spoiled the day, but it could have been 39/3 if umar amkal dont drop that chance. That the price PCB have to pay guys. All of us knows that how safe fielder Younis Khan is in Slips. Check his record. If he could have been selected then i am damn sure that result would have been 2-1 Pakstan victory. But now, we have to pay the price, we will keep them in slip and they will drop these chances. I just cant under stand why the hell PCB is not learning by mistakes. A man who did nothing,who are brilliant with the bat , why the kept him away from team. And @ England, they are an ordinary team, because they are up against a young side, and a side who dropped 20 catches in the series.

  • on August 27, 2010, 5:45 GMT

    Rain spoiled the day, but it could have been 39/3 if umar amkal dont drop that chance. That the price PCB have to pay guys. All of us knows that how safe fielder Younis Khan is in Slips. Check his record. If he could have been selected then i am damn sure that result would have been 2-1 Pakstan victory. But now, we have to pay the price, we will keep them in slip and they will drop these chances. I just cant under stand why the hell PCB is not learning by mistakes. A man who did nothing,who are brilliant with the bat , why the kept him away from team. And @ England, they are an ordinary team, because they are up against a young side, and a side who dropped 20 catches in the series.

  • RiazAhmed on August 27, 2010, 5:40 GMT

    The performance could be improved with more practice and efforts. This requires your will, devotion and psychological fitness/strength. Unfortunately Pakistani cricket players lack all these must ingredients. One must understand that first we have to prepare our players to mentally accept and commit that they have to win and they can win. Poor performance is an symptom and not a cause. The PCB and other commentators have been trying to address the symptoms since many years.

    Please address the cause Muhammad Riaz

  • SULMI on August 27, 2010, 5:15 GMT

    lets hope for the best asif and amir will rap this off quickly inspite of bad fielding but pakistan will suerly win this match by comprehansive margen.Inshallah

  • moinilyasneral on August 27, 2010, 5:06 GMT

    I have a brilliant(to my way of thinking) idea to improve Pakistan's fielding, so a minimum number of catches are dropped...How about if PCB lays down a rule that any dropped catch, which is a dolly, the fielder is fined 20% of his match fee per catch..if a reasonably simple, but not dolly catch, 10%, and if a difficult catch dropped, no fine. Since this would be unfair to wicketkeepers since they get(should say, drop) most catches, their deductions would be half the % above. Scenario in future matches..Kamran Akmal gets minus 50% of his fee(he pays PCB), Umar Akmal gets no match fee, others lose from 20 to 50% of their fees. This happens once or twice, Paki fielders would be best in the World, trust me !! If we can also factor in Ijaz Butt being fined like amount, we would find all 3rd. rate fielders being dropped !!!

  • Rooboy on August 27, 2010, 5:05 GMT

    lol @James Peter-Rage Smith. You write as though (just barely) winning the Ashes at home is a major achievement. You're supposed to win at home. It's only a big deal now because england were so pathetically pitiful in home Ashes contests for nearly two decades. Win an away series and you might have something to hang your hat on

  • k-shoxx on August 27, 2010, 4:50 GMT

    fielding needs commitment...& im sorry to say that AKMAL brothers are just commited towards the captaincy issue.. fielders drop catches...but the way these guyz drop...it shows there black intentions....both of them should b kicked off for a series or so....otherwise they wont stop dropping regulation catches..they are not focused & there concept isnt clear about there positions in the team..they consider themselves as that they cant be replaced by any other player..team administration shall take strict action against those who are not COMMITED with the team

  • Alchemy on August 27, 2010, 3:52 GMT

    Unfortunately Akmal's know that their positions in Pakistan's team are guaranteed, if someone like Zulqarnain performs well and threatens them then what happens we all know very well..... I think both of them should be axed from Pakistan side.... Hopefully then they will think seriously about their technical and behavioral flaws... Akmal's may have won around 7-8 matches for Pakistan but for god sake one should see how many we have lost because of them (drop catches at crucial times, poor batting and lobbying)?????

  • on August 27, 2010, 3:27 GMT

    I really don't understand whats the use of flood lights as far as I recall umpires have always decided to walk away even the flood lights are being turned on. When the same stadium holds a day/night ODI the lights are sufficient but why during test suddenly they are not?

  • on August 27, 2010, 3:22 GMT

    Amir and Asif are the most unlucky bowling pair to have the worst fielding side in the world. If PCB can give bonus for winning the test, why not fine them when they drop simple catches like that? percentage of match fee should be deducted for poor performances, this is the only way to improve pakistan fielding.

  • pace_ace on August 27, 2010, 3:14 GMT

    Akmal brothers should be only selected in 20/20 cricket. With the world cup only 6 months away, why dont we have a second wicketkeepr in the ODI team? We should give Zulqarnain haider atleast 10 matches prior to worldcup. Even if Kamran was in full form and scoring hundreds, we should have a second wicket keeper ready to cover for injury. Just imagine that Kamran gets injured in the first match of the world cup and we will have a debutant keeper in the second and most important match of the worldcup. Similarly instead of persisting Razzak, we should play Hammad Azam in 5-10 matches prior to worldcup to have a backup ready.

  • PAK-92 on August 27, 2010, 0:00 GMT

    PAKISTAN IS THE WORST FIELDING SIDE IN THE WORLD! Apart from a few fielders like Yasir Hameed, who is playing and Y Khan, Alam and Afridi who aren't, they have no one else that can catch! First of all Kamran Akmal who needs a few wicketkeeping tips is not a test standard keeper. Yasir Hameed at second slip, since he's come back to the side, has took some good catches. Umar Akmal at third slip is young and athletic and should be able to hold his catches but afterall who's brother is he. He should be fielding on the boundary where all young fielders field. Imran Farhat at first slip is a disgrace to that position. Just how many greats have fielded in that position over the years and then you have him. He shouldn't even be in the team! And just when you think it can't get any worse, Yousuf fields at short leg. If Pakistan could somehow improve their fielding drastically, then they would be a match for anyone on any given day. But im not sure if this will ever happen!

  • on August 26, 2010, 23:58 GMT

    Leftbrain I think you're very right but the thing is what I would say is that on their day England can beat anyway but their also capable of being very ordinary. Like Pakistan really, capable of knocking over Australia for 88 but also of being very poor. The thing that seperates the two is that Pakistan (forget the bowlers I'm talking about the team) are poorer for longer. I'd also say that is also true about all the other teams right now. Every team has the ability to play brilliantly but as India, SA and Australia have shown they are more than capable of following that up with an awful showing. England are steadily getting better I'd say but like you said way of greatness. They're trying hard and they know they're way off greatness. The problem is our media is so prone to blowing hot and cold with praise. Most English supporters aren't the arrogant people you seem to think they are. All the ones I know are natural pessimists. What you get for supporting England.

  • maassad on August 26, 2010, 23:43 GMT

    I think Pakistan need to start dropping players who cannot take their catches. They are ruining the momentum of the bowlers who rightfully get pissed and lose their concentration. Also, get rid of Akmal brothers, as another person mentioned above, these guys are playing for themselves and not for the country and I really really hate them. I have been watching Hammad Azam in Pakistan A team for sometime, he is an allrounder who always deliver in batting under pressure. He would be the correct replacement for Umar Akmal. I am not sure what the heck Pakistan selectors are doing, wake up, world cup is around the corner. This is the time you remove the waster and replace it with rightful talent. Ok, enough of the ranting.

  • sharprider on August 26, 2010, 23:31 GMT

    Could someone please explain the logic behind stationing an over-enthusiastic youngster like Umar Akmal in the key slip (3rd slip) position when time and again him and his likes have let the bowlers down when it was so crucial to get an early wicket in a (possibly) low-scoring match? Salman, of all people, should now know the weaknesses of his subordinates in the field besides handling his bowlers judiciously as all of this is part of the captain's responsibilities and characteristics. Unless he really grabs this menacing problem by the scruff of the neck, his bowlers will not always save the day for him.

  • on August 26, 2010, 22:21 GMT

    i dont knw but umar akmal seems a bit non serious to me, and yeah u cant give chances when ur playing against gud teams it can prove dearly in the end.

  • on August 26, 2010, 22:03 GMT

    @ leftbrain, of course, england arent much good, they only won the last ashes and 20/20 world cup, wake up will you! the scoreline is fair i agree, but england havent played to their high level for enough of the series, if they did then the gap would be wider

  • LeftBrain on August 26, 2010, 21:18 GMT

    So far none of the 5 tests Pakistan played, went on to day 5 so loosing almost full days play shouldnt be a problem. But if the rain persists and bad weather continues, the series scoreline of 2 - 1 will be a correct reflection of the overall quality of two teams. And this will also testify that England is a very ordinary team and is no way near to greatness of any sort.

  • Nuur on August 26, 2010, 19:22 GMT

    @ LeftBrain ... ROFL: "Akmal brother's catching abilities, If Kamran Akmal doesnt drop you, Umar Akmal will!"

  • usman_nile1994 on August 26, 2010, 18:14 GMT

    Seeing the last 3 tests. I m sure this test would produce result within 4 days and lets hope that rain doesn't spoil the match. Rain denied Pakistan a big chance of victory. Asif Aamer Riaz could have really bowled England for 100-200 (inspite of poor fielding)

  • 0wais on August 26, 2010, 18:14 GMT

    I Don't Know Why It Rains So Much In England, Sri Lanka & New ZeaLand....!! :P

  • on August 26, 2010, 17:41 GMT

    pakistan badly miss younis khan.as a batsman nd as well as a fielder.if he was in dis series den it would hv been pakistan winning 2 games nd england1.

  • VEIL on August 26, 2010, 17:34 GMT

    AWWWW. WE COULD WE SAY ABT WEATHER, MUST BE RO0F COVER GROUND BEF0RE DAY AND NITE TEST ARRIVES... THINK UP0N IT @ ICC

  • LeftBrain on August 26, 2010, 17:31 GMT

    so is Pakistan back to point Zero with fielding? I remember a Nasser Hussain scentence during that brillaint after-tea session on 3rd day at Oval, that "If Ajmal dont get you, Aamir will from the other end" I thik this is true for Akmal brother's catching abilities, If Kamran Akmal doesnt drop you, Umar Akmal will!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • k-shoxx on August 26, 2010, 17:26 GMT

    Well DONE UMAR AKMAL...well done....U guyz can't digest the respect if u dont drop these rugulation catches......that;s really awsome keep the betraying work up...u both brothers along with shoaib Malik are very talented...but..u guyz are talented in creating chaos in the team also...may GOD BLESS u...and I Pray that u guyz start loving pakistan AMMEEN

  • K.A.K on August 26, 2010, 17:16 GMT

    Rain-rain go-away...

    ICC/ ECB should consider Retractable Roof or doomed stadiums :) or in case of bad weather, fly both the teams to another stadium within 1-2 hours flight distance to continue to game and broadcast it on very large screens / halogram in the original stadium. Just a desparate thought..

  • Waqar.Khan on August 26, 2010, 17:15 GMT

    Long boring day with constant hopes of match resumptions but all drained with the pouring........... this one day delay might have serious impact on the match result but seam/swing bowling under current conditions may end it well before the time....... Good luck to Pakistan and I wish them to level the series if mistakes like done by Umar Akmal may not be repeated, plus confident batting is a must!

  • k-shoxx on August 26, 2010, 17:13 GMT

    once again..IMRAN FARHAT..the black sheep

  • on August 26, 2010, 17:07 GMT

    Sad that we basically lost a day of cricket, but given how these teams have been batting & bowling, a result is still very likely if we can get 4 full days to follow with some cloudy conditions :)

  • Desihungama on August 26, 2010, 16:58 GMT

    Damn you Umer Akmal. This could've been 39/4.

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  • Desihungama on August 26, 2010, 16:58 GMT

    Damn you Umer Akmal. This could've been 39/4.

  • on August 26, 2010, 17:07 GMT

    Sad that we basically lost a day of cricket, but given how these teams have been batting & bowling, a result is still very likely if we can get 4 full days to follow with some cloudy conditions :)

  • k-shoxx on August 26, 2010, 17:13 GMT

    once again..IMRAN FARHAT..the black sheep

  • Waqar.Khan on August 26, 2010, 17:15 GMT

    Long boring day with constant hopes of match resumptions but all drained with the pouring........... this one day delay might have serious impact on the match result but seam/swing bowling under current conditions may end it well before the time....... Good luck to Pakistan and I wish them to level the series if mistakes like done by Umar Akmal may not be repeated, plus confident batting is a must!

  • K.A.K on August 26, 2010, 17:16 GMT

    Rain-rain go-away...

    ICC/ ECB should consider Retractable Roof or doomed stadiums :) or in case of bad weather, fly both the teams to another stadium within 1-2 hours flight distance to continue to game and broadcast it on very large screens / halogram in the original stadium. Just a desparate thought..

  • k-shoxx on August 26, 2010, 17:26 GMT

    Well DONE UMAR AKMAL...well done....U guyz can't digest the respect if u dont drop these rugulation catches......that;s really awsome keep the betraying work up...u both brothers along with shoaib Malik are very talented...but..u guyz are talented in creating chaos in the team also...may GOD BLESS u...and I Pray that u guyz start loving pakistan AMMEEN

  • LeftBrain on August 26, 2010, 17:31 GMT

    so is Pakistan back to point Zero with fielding? I remember a Nasser Hussain scentence during that brillaint after-tea session on 3rd day at Oval, that "If Ajmal dont get you, Aamir will from the other end" I thik this is true for Akmal brother's catching abilities, If Kamran Akmal doesnt drop you, Umar Akmal will!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • VEIL on August 26, 2010, 17:34 GMT

    AWWWW. WE COULD WE SAY ABT WEATHER, MUST BE RO0F COVER GROUND BEF0RE DAY AND NITE TEST ARRIVES... THINK UP0N IT @ ICC

  • on August 26, 2010, 17:41 GMT

    pakistan badly miss younis khan.as a batsman nd as well as a fielder.if he was in dis series den it would hv been pakistan winning 2 games nd england1.

  • 0wais on August 26, 2010, 18:14 GMT

    I Don't Know Why It Rains So Much In England, Sri Lanka & New ZeaLand....!! :P