Pakistan in England Test Series - 4th Test

England v Pakistan

England won by an innings and 225 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150

1.40pm The slips and a gully in place. Here we go...

Salman Butt leads his side out and arranges his customary huddle. Smooth and calming words no doubt. Actually he looks pretty fired up, Amir and Asif might come out flying here. Here comes the England batsmen, Andrew Strauss hasn't made a Test century since his Ashes hundred on this ground last summer, just a fifty now would be hugely welcome, these conditions should be hostile.

1.30pm Just 10 minutes to go, I wonder how Strauss and Cook are feeling. Nervy I would think. Just to confirm, tea will be taken at 4.10pm and play could go until 7.30pm, light and weather permitting.

With Asif, Amir and Riaz steaming in under heavy cloud, you may find cause to use Cricinfo's Twitter wicket alert. The pitch looks flat and quite dry, all things considered, but it hasn't seen the sun for 12 days so there are no surprises that Butt opted to bowl first. It ain't going to be easy out there first up!

1.14pm Salman Butt called correctly at the toss and Pakistan will bowl first in overcast conditions. And in Pakistan team news, Wahab Riaz will play ahead of Umar Gul, who is short of match practice.

Pakistan 1 Yasir Hameed, 2 Imran Farhat, 3 Salman Butt (capt), 4 Azhar Ali, 5 Mohammad Yousuf, 6 Umar Akmal, 7 Kamran Akmal (wk), 8 Mohammad Amir, 9 Wahab Riaz, 10 Saeed Ajmal, 11 Mohammad Asif

England 1 Andrew Strauss (capt), 2 Alastair Cook, 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Kevin Pietersen, 5 Paul Collingwood, 6 Eoin Morgan, 7 Matt Prior (wk), 8 Graeme Swann, 9 Stuart Broad, 10 James Anderson, 11 Steven Finn

Right, just one more, but I promise it's a good 'un. From Ed Green: "Oh No - What a blow / Ho-Co's still on the go / We want it to sizzle / Not mizzle and drizzle / With only this last Test to go." Ahem. Toss coming up shortly.

1.05pm Big news folks - the toss will be at 1.10pm with play due to start at 1.40pm. It's still very cloudy, but the rain has moved way. Hopefully it will stay away.

1.00pm Positive news from the ground as the covers are being removed. Maybe, this time, they'll stay off.

12.48pm The players are obviously inside having lunch at the moment, but there are encouraging goings-on as some of the covers have been removed during the break (ho-co is still in action, unfortunately) and conditions are bright and - at the moment - rain free.

This may be the last Test of the summer, but the ECB has already released the fixtures list for next year's season. If you're interested in the schedule, click here. There are seven Tests, 10 ODIs and two Twenty20 internationals against Sri Lanka and India to look forward to!

12.23pm The whole square has been covered now. Lunch will be taken at 12.30pm, so the earliest possible start time will be 1.10pm. Ho hum.

Without a start to play in sight, this is the perfect opportunity to peruse Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan's statistical take on Pakistan and England's performances at Lord's. Definitely worth a read as a prelude to this Test. There's also Andrew Miller's dissection of England's batting woes to check out, as well as Nagraj Gollapudi's take on Pakistan's position in the series, and a preview written by yours truly.

Right, Simon wins, end of conversation: "Could be a key Tozzle to win. With lots of overhead Clozzle and a potentially damp wizzle Strizzle and Buzzle will both be looking to have a Bizzle on this Grizzle." With that over with, I can give you this update: An early lunch will be taken at 12.30pm.

11.55am The umpires are out having a look at the outfield and chatting with the groundsman. Unfortunately, they're under umbrellas...

11.48am Not good news I'm afraid. Just as the inspection was due to start, covers are going back out. We'll keep you updated as soon as there's anything to add. Precipitation update from Ed Green: "Just five miles away and to the west (where the weather coming from) drizzle just downgraded to mizzle here - should be there in 10 minutes."

Oh no, what have I started? Saad has this to add: "C'mon guys pls stop this Izzle debate and think about Tizzle!!! I think Pakizzle will win the Tizzle and AAizzle will bowl swinging Mizzles to the Engizzle's Batsmen."

"RE: Izzle controversy Please people stop sending in all this shizzle!" shouts an irate Yazdan. Peter, however, has this nugget to add: "Why does Snoop Dogg always have an umbrella? ... Fo' drizzle ... Thank you, I'm here all week."

11.27am "May God bring a stop to the Rain and a holiday for the ho-co," pleads Imran Ul Haq.

11.23am Right, it's stopped raining! The umpires are out on the outfield, peering nervously skywards. Still no sign of a toss, but encouraging signals all the same. The latest news is that there'll be another inspection at 11.50am.

11.21am Oh my, this has all gone downhill very quickly: "Is it drizzling in Lords or is it just mizzling? Can they start play in the mizzle/drizzzle? 26 Aug? - we should really sizzle? And no...I am not pizzled," writes grammo.

11.18am "Following the great hover cover debate, is it misty drizzle or drizzly mist?" asks John. Hmm. Would 'mizzle' do? It's definitely brighter out there by the way, which is definitely good news.

11.16am Oli Deans, charitably, has this to share: "RE: the 'hover cover' controversy, how about 'ho-co'? Sounds snappier, sexier. The J-Lo of the sports ground technology. Glad I could help."

11.13am When play does start, remember those of you on mainland Europe can watch it live on ESPN player. This will continue for the T20s and one-dayers as well. In the meantime, the covers are still out. It has brightened up a touch though.

11.02am Syed spent last night cycling around the suburbs of St. John's Wood. Or possibly just dreaming about doing so, I can't quite tell: "Last night was terrible. The magnitude (or the equivelant of magnitude for rain; density perhaps) was very close to Indian Monsoons. I got so worried I actually took my bike and went to St. Johns wood Road (from Islington) to see if they had covered the Outfiled. I just woke up, and I am not sure of the state of outfield."

10.55am "Is it 'hover cover' or 'cover hover'? A breathless nation awaits confirmation," writes Jeremy. We can confirm that 'hover cover' is the correct term. And you'll probably be hearing it quite a bit - it's grim out there folks.

10.52am "How quickly the early optimism evaporates," Andrew says. "It's like the story of England's series. Very wet and horrid now." Things could still get better soon, as John writes in: "That same misty drizzle passed overhead (a few miles south of the ground) just a few minutes ago. It is brighter now, but conditions are far from ideal."

10.46am Full covers are still in place, and a misty drizzle is wafting across the ground.

10.35am There's a touch of drizzle in the air, the main covers are on and groundsheets are coming out too. But the outfield is, on the whole, very dry and so if the weather does clear soon there shouldn't be much of a delay. Still no toss though...

10.30am We have an update from the ground, but the news is not ideal I'm afraid. "Oh dear, the cover-hover has rolled into place," says Andrew Miller. "Not sure if that's precautionary or what. Some evidence of dark clouds to the north. No umbrellas up as yet. A few spits of rain now descending. Nothing terminal at this stage."

10.15am Don't forget that our Facebook page is a great place to discuss everything that happens today. But please keep it clean and focussed on the cricket. That's not asking too much, is it?

Meanwhile, Andrew has an update: "Spoke too soon. The umpires aren't quite happy with the conditions - I suspect it's the light as much as anything. A further inspection will take place at 10.30am."

"The umpires are monitoring the light, and the outfield is still wet," confirms an ECB spokesperson.

10.10am Breaking news: Andrew Miller has arrived at Lord's. And he has this for us: "The main covers are off and the stumps are in place. Just the hover-cover loitering at the moment. Lots of activity on the outfield which suggests the drainage has done its job. I would imagine on this evidence, light permitting, we're okay for a prompt start." That all sounds wonderfully promising.

10.05am We are getting pictures from the ground and the covers are coming off which is great news. The clouds are starting to break so fingers crossed we'll start on time. Of course this is England's last Test before you-know-what starts in November and Andrew Miller looks at the challenge facing the home side in this match. Pakistan, meanwhile, could complete a memorable comeback with another victory.

As far as team news goes England will be unchanged barring any last-minute dramas in the warm-ups, while Umar Gul was ruled out last night with Pakistan not wanting to risk him before the one-dayers

10.00am Hello and welcome to the final Test of the English summer (if the current weather allows me to say that) as England take on Pakistan at Lord's. This is set up to be cracking contest after Pakistan's four-wicket victory at The Oval. Can they maintain their form and level the series, which would be a fabulous effort, or will England reassert their themselves? The next five days will tell us. I'm Andrew McGlashan and along with Sahil Dutta and Liam Brickhill will be here to bring you all the action.

The first thing to mention, and I hinted at it moments ago, is the weather. It chucked it down in London last night, but the good news is that it is much drier this morning. No word yet on conditions, but we know how good Lord's is at draining.

0.1

Mohammad Amir to Strauss, 5 wides, wow, this start is almost Harmison-like, well well wide, but down the leg side and swinging away further, for once Kamran cannot blamed and England are away with a boundary

0.1

Mohammad Amir to Strauss, no run, better this time, around off stump and moving away from the left hander, Strauss has had all kinds of problems with Amir this series, and that's the area to trouble him

0.2

Mohammad Amir to Strauss, no run, a touch wider this time and Strauss can leave along more comfortably, he's pacing around between deliveries, clearly some nerves there

0.3

Mohammad Amir to Strauss, no run, touch too short from Amir, it will not take him long to find the right length and line, but Strauss gets another valuable sighter

0.4

Mohammad Amir to Strauss, no run, beaten! First one of the match! Amir locates the full length and the off-stump channel, Strauss nibbles and misses

0.5

Mohammad Amir to Strauss, no run, too wide this time, Strauss happily lifts his bat out of harm's way

0.6

Mohammad Amir to Strauss, no run, fuller and straighter, clipped neatly but straight to the man at short midwicket

End of over 1 (5 runs) England 5/0
AJ Strauss    0* (6b)      Mohammad Amir    1-0-5-0
AN Cook    0* (0b)     

Mohammad Asif from the Nursery End to Cook. Three slips, a gully and a short leg in place.

1.1

Mohammad Asif to Cook, no run, good start, a touch of swing moving away from Cook, who left alone. It will be interesting to see if Cook maintains the gung-ho approach he adopted in his second-innings at The Oval

1.2

Mohammad Asif to Cook, no run, ooh, lovely bowling, having moved the last ball away this one jags back, Cook lunged forward and it took the inside edge, bobbling close to the short leg fielder

1.3

Mohammad Asif to Cook, no run, very close again! Was this caught behind? Was it lbw? In the end it was neither and Butt did well not to ask for the review. It snaked back into Cook and burst through the gate to clip the thigh pad on the way through to Kamran

1.4

Mohammad Asif to Cook, no run, this time it moves away from the bat and Cook leaves alone

1.5

Mohammad Asif to Cook, 1 run, Cook is making a big effort to get forward, which will keep the short leg interested, this swings a touch into the pads and Cook works it away with a thickish inside edge through midwicket for a single

1.6

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, no run, excellent lengths from Asif, lolling up to the wicket and with a flick of the wrist sending it full, invitingly around off stump, Strauss resists temptation and leaves alone

End of over 2 (1 run) England 6/0
AJ Strauss    0* (7b)      Mohammad Asif    1-0-1-0
AN Cook    1* (5b)      Mohammad Amir    1-0-5-0

2.1

Mohammad Amir to Cook, 1 no ball, no-ball this time from Amir, rare from him, the delivery was pretty decent though, swinging away a fraction. Yikes, on replay that was an enormous no-ball, good half a metre over the line

2.1

Mohammad Amir to Cook, no run, oh no! Pakistan oh Pakistan. Dropped!, easy chance too. Perfect delivery from Asif, full, jagging away, squaring Cook up to take regulation edge that flies straight to Umar Akmal at third slip, who spills the chance. Amir is furious, and rightly so.

2.2

Mohammad Amir to Cook, FOUR, how often do you see this!? The drop catch is followed by a boundary. Amir finding a thicker edge this time that flies into the gap between third slip and gully for four

2.3

Mohammad Amir to Cook, no run, brilliant bowling here, another edge found, Cook looking tentative again, but this time it goes along the ground to gully

2.4

Mohammad Amir to Cook, 1 run, inswinger this time and Cook will be relieved to get off strike, working it through to square leg for one

2.5

Mohammad Amir to Strauss, 1 run, Strauss is away, clipping off his hip down to fine leg for a single

An extra slip in place for Cook now....

2.6

Mohammad Amir to Cook, no run, oooh, play and a miss outside off. This is a touch ugly from Cook, flat footed and swishing an attempted drive well away from his body outside off stump, but missing

End of over 3 (7 runs) England 13/0
AN Cook    6* (11b 1x4)      Mohammad Amir    2-0-12-0
AJ Strauss    1* (8b)      Mohammad Asif    1-0-1-0

We tried to put an end to earlier drizzle-related humour (if that's the word) but here's one more as the timing is so good from David Logan.
"If you've nothing to say in the drizzle
Keep it shut, or the punters will grizzle.
Let's just hope Pakistan,
As we all know they can,
Drop their balls, so the innings will fizzle."

3.1

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, 2 runs, probing stuff from Asif, not sure the England batsmen have felt the ball on the middle of the bat yet, this swings into the inside edge and goes out towards midwicket for a couple

3.2

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, 3 runs, nicely played this time, very controlled from Strauss, all his did was place the full face of the bat in front of the ball, pushing it back past the bowler and sending Ajmal to chase reluctantly

3.3

Mohammad Asif to Cook, no run, I wonder if Cook knows which way these deliveries are seaming, he shoulders arms here and watches happily as the ball jags away

3.4

Mohammad Asif to Cook, no run, Asif wouldn't have planned this but Cook has been strangled out caught down the leg side a few times this series so it's not an entirely wasted delivery

3.5

Mohammad Asif to Cook, 2 runs, Cook manages to fiddle this into the leg side and collect a single, until the throw comes in and cannons off the stumps at the non-striker's end for an extra run

3.6

Mohammad Asif to Cook, no run, calmly left alone outside off stump this time

End of over 4 (7 runs) England 20/0
AN Cook    8* (15b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    2-0-8-0
AJ Strauss    6* (10b)      Mohammad Amir    2-0-12-0

4.1

Mohammad Amir to Strauss, no run, there is plenty happening with the ball at the moment, swinging and seaming and Strauss is happy here to leave alone outside off

4.2

Mohammad Amir to Strauss, no run, Amir forces a shot this time, aiming fuller and straighter, Strauss punches a drive firmly to cover

4.3

Mohammad Amir to Strauss, no run, good judgement from Strauss here, just, it was a touch shorter and seaming into Strauss who thought about playing before thinking better of it at the last moment

4.4

Mohammad Amir to Strauss, no run, more comfortable leave this time for the England captain

4.5

Mohammad Amir to Strauss, no run, cracking delivery, wide of the crease Amir angles it in before jagging it away off the seam, Strauss was already committed to play and could only hang his bat as the ball whistled past the edge

4.6

Mohammad Amir to Strauss, no run, more solidly played this time by Strauss, rocking forward to block

Exciting stuff here and if anyone is in the area there are just over 1000 tickets still available on Friday and Saturday if you want to come down and watch the action.

End of over 5 (maiden) England 20/0
AJ Strauss    6* (16b)      Mohammad Amir    3-1-12-0
AN Cook    8* (15b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    2-0-8-0

5.1

Mohammad Asif to Cook, no run, Cook is really battling here, with the ball nibbling around he is very uncertain, this moves away off the wicket and Cook lifts his bat out the way of trouble

5.2

Mohammad Asif to Cook, 1 run, this will do Cook well, working it round the corner for a single

5.3

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, no run, Asif appears in his own serene bubble of concentration, no talk or arm-waving or anything, dobbing it full, moving it around off the pitch and causing all kinds of trouble

5.4

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, no run, Strauss defends once more, willing himself forward

5.5

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, 1 run, dug in a touch shorter and seems to surprise Strauss for pace as he goes back and bottom-edges a pull shot to fine leg

5.6

Mohammad Asif to Cook, no run, Cook prods a defensive shot to gully to finish another probing over

End of over 6 (2 runs) England 22/0
AN Cook    9* (18b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    3-0-10-0
AJ Strauss    7* (19b)      Mohammad Amir    3-1-12-0

6.1

Mohammad Amir to Strauss, no run, too wide from Amir here, swinging away from a well outside off and Strauss gets the luxury of a leave

6.2

Mohammad Amir to Strauss, no run, once again this is a touch too wide, Strauss is making a big effort to leave as many as he can outside off

6.3

Mohammad Amir to Strauss, no run, Amir is not at all happy with the footholes, scratching away like a hen, and once again this is too wide to draw shot

6.4

Mohammad Amir to Strauss, no run, much better from the bowler, arrowing into Strauss and beating him for pace as he tried to work it into the leg side

6.5

Mohammad Amir to Strauss, no run, poor shot, having worked hard to leave everything outside off, Strauss has a wholly swish at a full ball, luckily for him, finding nothing but thin air

6.6

Mohammad Amir to Strauss, no run, this time Strauss leaves alone extravagantly, knowing that was what he should have done with the last delivery

End of over 7 (maiden) England 22/0
AJ Strauss    7* (25b)      Mohammad Amir    4-2-12-0
AN Cook    9* (18b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    3-0-10-0

7.1

Mohammad Asif to Cook, no run, Asif is attacking Cook full and straight here, and it is prodded to Yousuf, who is at short leg

7.2

Mohammad Asif to Cook, no run, good delivery here, finding a thick inside edge that goes one-bounce to short leg

7.3

Mohammad Asif to Cook, no run, ooh, close again this time, Cook trying to get forward and this nips back a long way from outside off, through the gate to trap Cook on the pads. It was heading well over though

7.4

Mohammad Asif to Cook, no run, how do you play this!? Having moved the last ball back a mile, this nips away even more and Cook can do nothing but hold his bat out hopelessly as it zips past the edge

7.5

Mohammad Asif to Cook, no run, wow, this again moves like a ripping offspinner past Cook's outside edge

7.6

Mohammad Asif to Cook, no run, having moved a couple away Asif continues to play tricks on the mind and bends this in, getting the line slightly wrong and sending it down the leg side. Cook smiles, what else could he do?

End of over 8 (maiden) England 22/0
AN Cook    9* (24b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    4-1-10-0
AJ Strauss    7* (25b)      Mohammad Amir    4-2-12-0

8.1

Mohammad Amir to Strauss, 3 runs, good shot this, good intent from Strauss, getting forward positively and punching a drive past the bowler for three

8.2

Mohammad Amir to Cook, no run, Cook gets to leave alone here outside off stump, and looks thoroughly pleased to have been given the chance to

8.3

Mohammad Amir to Cook, no run, wider of the crease here, which draws Cook into a defensive shot he probably could have left, as it is, it was played solidly

8.4

Mohammad Amir to Cook, no run, Review Cook given out caught behind but Cook asks for a second opinion. Well well well, he's missed that by a long way. Good option from Cook, good delivery from Amir though, seaming it away late at a full length and drawing Cook into a defensive prod

8.5

Mohammad Amir to Cook, no run, this is such a testing spell of new-ball bowling from these two, Cook is battling very hard here and gets behind a back-foot block

8.6

Mohammad Amir to Cook, no run, fired down the leg side, Cook flaps at it but misses

End of over 9 (3 runs) England 25/0
AN Cook    9* (29b 1x4)      Mohammad Amir    5-2-15-0
AJ Strauss    10* (26b)      Mohammad Asif    4-1-10-0

9.1

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, no run, good bowling from Asif, moving it into the batsman off the pitch, Strauss defends

9.2

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, no run, hint of a leading edge here as Strauss tries to whip a full ball across into the leg side, luckily for him the edge trickles back down the pitch harmlessly

9.3

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, no run, full and swinging down the leg side, Strauss clipped it very firmly but straight into the shins of short leg

9.4

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, no run, ooh this is close, swinging into the pads and Strauss missed an attempted leg-side flick, it pitched in line but was swinging a fraction too much. Quality bowling though

9.5

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, no run, Strauss gets a touch of room outside off and his eyes light up, he tries to flash a cut shot away but it probably was not quite short or wide enough for the shot

9.6

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, (no ball) 1 run, Strauss picks up a single with a controlled prod towards point

9.6

Mohammad Asif to Cook, no run, big inswinger to finish the over, Cook doesn't get anything on it and England have survived the first 10 overs. Just.

End of over 10 (2 runs) England 27/0
AN Cook    9* (30b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    5-1-12-0
AJ Strauss    11* (32b)      Mohammad Amir    5-2-15-0

Change of bowling, Wahab Riaz replaces Amir. Wahab started very well at The Oval, with his first-innings five-for but he fell away in the second so this is an important spell.

10.1

Wahab Riaz to Strauss, no run, not a great start, slung in very short outside off stump, Strauss leaves it well alone

10.2

Wahab Riaz to Strauss, (no ball) 1 run, better delivery here and some swing too, slung at a fuller length and Strauss clips it in front of midwicket

10.2

Wahab Riaz to Cook, no run, good delivery, this is his game, lively pace, back of a length, Cook defends

10.3

Wahab Riaz to Cook, no run, good ball again, similar line and similar length, Cook defends

10.4

Wahab Riaz to Cook, 1 run, not a great delivery here, slung well down the leg side, Cook clips it round the corner for a single

10.5

Wahab Riaz to Strauss, no run, short and wide outside off stump this time, the pressure is definitely less with Wahab on, and Strauss leaves alone

10.6

Wahab Riaz to Strauss, 1 run, gentle single taken, pushed quietly to mid-on

End of over 11 (4 runs) England 31/0
AJ Strauss    13* (36b)      Wahab Riaz    1-0-4-0
AN Cook    10* (33b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    5-1-12-0

11.1

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, OUT, cracker! Beauty from Asif! What a bowler! Full, swinging in a fraction before nipping back further, bursting through the gate as Strauss tried to defend, and clipping leg stump! He really deserved that

AJ Strauss b Mohammad Asif 13 (54m 37b 0x4 0x6) SR: 35.13

Jonathan Trott is England's number three, it's got quite dark out there, Asif is moving the ball around corners, this will be very tough indeed for the new man.

11.2

Mohammad Asif to Trott, 4 runs, shot, very good positive intent from Trott, getting forward and clipping it wide of mid-on, it sends Yousuf on a long and fruitless chase - the batsmen run four

11.3

Mohammad Asif to Trott, no run, nicely done by Trott again, very crisply into a forward block

"This is so much darker than it was when the teams came off with England nine-down at The Oval," says Miller. "I'm delighted we're playing on, but the judgment of bad light seems utterly arbitrary."

11.4

Mohammad Asif to Trott, no run, some extra bounce for Asif this time, but it starts too far outside off stump to trouble Trott

11.5

Mohammad Asif to Trott, no run, some away movement here for Asif but it starts outside off stump and Trott happily lets it go

11.6

Mohammad Asif to Trott, 1 run, Trott keeps the strike by clipping this down to fine leg for a single

Right, with the opening partnership broken, Liam feels ready to jump into commentary.

End of over 12 (5 runs) England 36/1
IJL Trott    5* (5b)      Mohammad Asif    6-1-17-1
AN Cook    10* (33b 1x4)      Wahab Riaz    1-0-4-0

Thanks, Sahil. It's been a fairly quiet start from both teams,. but the important thing is that they're out there playing rather than huddled in the pavilion...

12.1

Mohammad Amir to Trott, no run, full and slanting in a touch through the air from over the wicket. Trott leans forward and defends solidly to extra cover

12.2

Mohammad Amir to Trott, 3 runs, caressed past a diving cover fielder! The ball was similar to the last, this time Trott took a step down the wicket and followed through with the shot slightly more to pick up runs as the ball rolled into the outfield

12.3

Mohammad Amir to Cook, no run, shaping away through the air, Cook shuffles across to off and shoulders arms

Mohammad Amir has three balls left in his unfinished over from yesterday...

Right, we are just a few moments away from the start...here come the players. It's all very exciting.

10.50am "Amir's line and length in the initial overs will be very very important as yesterday he was very much outside off," says Saad. "Asif is always in good shape so again I must say Amir's initial overs will set the tone of today's game."

"Hope the light is over the daft limit they now have to use," says Charles. "Where do we sign the petition to go back to the old rules where batsmen were only offered the light when they were in danger of being hurt?" The bad-light debate has certainly been a topic of discussion...they are expensive seats at Lord's and the public deserve to watch cricket.

10.45am It's still an overcast day so there should be plenty of help for the Pakistan bowlers which means another challenge for the England batsmen. Kevin Pietersen is next in and needs some runs, as do Paul Collingwood and Eoin Morgan.

10.40am There are plenty of other ways for you to get involved with the day's play. Our Facebook page is often full of interesting discussions (but, I say again, please keep it clean and friendly) and for those on the move our Twitter wicket alerts can be very useful.

10.35am Great news folks, the umpires have confirmed that play will start on time and the day is already brightening up nicely.

10.30am Morning everyone and welcome to the second day's play from Lord's. I'm Andrew McGlashan and along with Liam Brickhill and Sahil Dutta will be with you throughout. Hopefully we'll see more action today as the weather looks a bit better. The rain has moved away, for now at least, although the light isn't great.

There wasn't a huge amount to report from yesterday - Andrew Strauss got a great ball from Mohammad Asif and Alastair Cook had a life at third slip. Strauss's failure continues a tough summer, but Graham Gooch is backing England's batsmen.

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5.40pm Stumps Unbelievably, despite the thick cloud and heavy rain, play has been called off for the day. We didn't get much cricket but the 12.3 overs we did see were intriguing. Andrew McGlashan's bulletin tells you all about them. Miller, who has been diligently watching every drop of rain fall, has managed to put together some Plays of the Day and finally, if anyone is interested, our sister site Soccernet has coverage of the Champions League draw.

So, lets hope for brighter skies tomorrow, where 98.3 overs can be bowled. Join us at 10.45am to see how it all unfolds.

5.11pm And the latest news is that there's going to be another inspection at 5.35pm... "Don't blame me, I'm just passing the message on," adds the press-box scorer, who sums up the pervading mood of futility up here.

5.05pm The umpires are out in the middle checking on conditions, and it appears the rain has stopped. But there's still plenty of dark cloud around and the light certainly isn't great.

4.50pm Unfortunately, I've got no good news for you after this long wait. The rain continues to fall, the covers are on, and the prospects of play resuming today look ever slimmer. "An optimistic knot of fans still lurking in the stands," Miller adds.

An update from Miller: "That black cloud has now moved down from Marylebone, and funnily enough, it's got nothing to do with fire at all. It is now utterly and totally minging out there."

4.14pm The rain's getting heavier, so it could be a long wait until we resume today, if at all. "There's a cloud over the pavilion that's so black it looks as though Marylebone Station is on fire," says Miller. That doesn't sound good.

Here's Miller again: "Incidentally, we are currently in 50% refund territory. Any more than 25 overs, no refund. And right at this moment, I wouldn't say I'm entirely optimistic!"

3.58pm Things are still looking pretty dire on the weather front, but we have Andrew Miller and Nagraj Gollapudi at the ground and so as soon as there are any developments we'll let you know. In the meantime, have a look at Andrew McGlashan's bulletin, and (Pakistan fans) try not to spontaneously combust when you read what Miller has to tell us: "According to Jo King, the inestimable Channel Five scorer, Umar Akmal's drop was Pakistan's 18th of the series, which has allowed England to add something in the region of 380 runs. And given that the highest score of the series is 354, that's significant."

"Regarding the opening partnership debate, why hasn't ho-co been mentioned?" chirps Peter. "He's spent more time in the middle than any English batsman this test, and is in his element in overcast conditions..."

A few other suggestions coming in - Leicestershire's James Taylor, or Ajmal Shahzad as fifth bowler. Realistically, however - and a few of you have pointed this out - there is absolutely no way the selectors are going to pick a debutant to play at Brisbane on November 25.

3.44pm An early tea has been taken, and so the final session will be an extended one. Presuming it gets underway at all.

"I used to play alongside a scrawny bespectacled Jimmy Adams at Hampshire when we were in the youth team," writes Raj Nagarkatti. "He is very much in the Marcus Trescothick mould where he would score big runs every time he made a step up a class. Pick him for the Ashes squad!"

"With an avarage of 43, (the same as Strauss) and over 4000 Test runs, I'd have Cook opening for England for another 10 years!" insists Moff.

Jonny W writes, succinctly: "I think Robert William Trevor Key deserves another call-up. 261 this season v Durham, it would be his re-birth."

James (T?) Kirk has this: "I gave the Cook conundrum a lot of thought earlier, and for me you either persevere with Cook and hope he rediscovers some form, or go for Bell to open. Otherwise you're picking an inexperienced player and hoping he does well on the most difficult tour of all. Picking someone else may also involve shuffling the order, and as Trott seems to have solved the no.3 problem there's no point moving him."

3.28pm Unfortunately, I must tell you that it's really raining rather heavily now.

"I cannot believe there is actually a debate ringing about Cook being in the Ashes starting 11," writes Ward Parry. "In a series in which bowlers have triumphed over batsmen with impunity, he is one of few batsmen to actually reach triple figures! Few Aussies fared better against this Pakistan high class swing attack in swing friendly conditions. He has performed whilst clearly out of touch ... wonder how long the debate will take to shift to Morgan. Everyone talks of the top 6 being a shoe in for the regulars - utter nonsense. Morgan has debuted this year, as has Carberry. Last year Trott. What is it you lot want?"

Dr. Tam, whose birthday it is today, is clearly a fan of alliteration: "Bro,Bring Back Brilliant Batsmen Bopara and Bell!"

3.18pm Quite a few of you are suggesting that Trott move up the order to open and Bell slot in as soon as he is fit. There are also a few voices calling for Hampshire's Jimmy Adams, a couple for Hildreth, Lyth and Carberry, and even one fellow who put Michael Lumb's name forward. I should also hasten to add that there are a great number calling for Cook to be left right where he is!

David has trouble letting go: "I wouldn't grizzle about Cook for the Ashes, it's Pietersen who's looking down the muzzle if he can't perform. Bell will be looking to nuzzle his way back into the side before England's hopes completely fizzle out!"

Ed Bowden has this to add: "The problem with Alastair Cook is he is FEC (future England captain). Although he is in a dreadful run of form, class is permanent. Perhaps dont play him in the ODIs and send him away to get some easy runs and get his feet moving again, but dont drop the man."

Anthony believes Cook's the man for job this winter: "Faisel - Cook won't face the same swing in Oz and he fared well on the continent last winter. No one else has the experience or international runs to be opener for an Ashes series."

3.08pm Re: the Cook debate, here's Pete to start things off on a reasonable note: "It seems fairest that Carberry be given another chance to open for England, but if the England management want to invest in the future I wouldn't mind seeing a younger player that's in good form - Jimmy Adams perhaps?"

"James Hildreth has been on the brink of selection for a few years now, he is just an awesome batsman and has been a run scoring machine for somerset in the county circuit," writes Omar Qadeer. "So for me, Cook out Hildreth in!" But Hildreth would, presumably, bat in the middle order. So Trott to open with Strauss?

"I am three miles south of Lord's in Mayfair and it hasn't rained here for at least three hours here," writes Kashif Muneer. "It's been completely dry. Light has varied quite a lot in that time. Currently it looks grey outside but not dark." Just shows how unlucky we've been!

To put a quick end to that shizzle, Faisel has a question for you all: "Lets open a new debate while the rain is here. Now the current England team with Cook cannot be serious about winning the Ashes. So who do we think is a good replacment?"

Jigar has clearly not had enough, fo' shizzle: "Was so looking forward to following the commentary with Asif bowling crackers ball after ball...probably the umpires will bring em on only after there is a clear sky with the sun shining and add a rainbow to that. Really mindbozzling stuff..."

"Probably the right move," suggests Ed Green, "though galling for Strauss that it came eight balls late for him. Getting darker and drizzle getting heavier 5 miles west." And shortly after: "Steady rain here in Park Royal now - it looks set in for a while."

2.55pm More covers on now, looks like we're in for another extended break.

"Ok so are we back from the break to resume the Izzle debate?" asks Khurram. No.

Husain, understandably, is feeling a little frustrated by all this: "Tony Hill who himself is wearing jet black glasses is checked the light through the device and eventually went off...This is absurd..."

2.45pm The umpires have the lightmetres out, and this doesn't look good. Yep, they're going off. Some dark clouds rolled over the ground, meaning that the floodlights were having a greater effect than the natural light. What's more, they were casting noticeable shadows, which the umpires certainly don't like ... And now it's raining too! The hover-cover is out for another spell, and sadly we're going to have another break here.

12.4

Mohammad Amir to Cook, no run, full on off stump, punched firmly to mid-on

Three slips and a gully in place

12.5

Mohammad Amir to Cook, no run, oh, well bowled, he beats the outside edge as Cook comes forward and there's half an appeal from the bowler but the bat clipped pad again

12.6

Mohammad Amir to Cook, OUT, gone! That one is out. Perfect line outside off and lovely shape away from Cook who pushed forward with the edged pouched safely by Kamran Akmal

AN Cook c †Kamran Akmal b Mohammad Amir 10 (65m 37b 1x4 0x6) SR: 27.02

Ideal start for Pakistan and this will be a tough test for England's middle order. The early signs show plenty of movement

End of over 13 (3 runs) England 39/2
     Mohammad Amir    6-2-18-1
IJL Trott    8* (7b)      Mohammad Asif    6-1-17-1

Kevin Pietersen is the new man, but he'll be at the non-striker's end as that was the end of the unfinished over. Here's Asif to Trott...

13.1

Mohammad Asif to Trott, no run, outside off and left alone

Amir was a touch wide yesterday but his first three balls today were perfect

13.2

Mohammad Asif to Trott, no run, big appeal from Asif as this one nips back at Trott, but it struck high on the back leg and was going well over

Trott batting well out of his crease again

13.3

Mohammad Asif to Trott, no run, back outside off and Trott watches it go through

13.4

Mohammad Asif to Trott, no run, full and outside off, swings away lavishly as Trott shoulders arms

Wahab Riaz comes in from point to have a word with Trott...not sure what that is all about

13.5

Mohammad Asif to Trott, no run, good line, a touch closer to off stump but Trott judges this one well and doesn't play

13.6

Mohammad Asif to Trott, no run, back of a length outside and Trott defends it square on the off side

End of over 14 (maiden) England 39/2
IJL Trott    8* (13b)      Mohammad Asif    7-2-17-1
KP Pietersen    0* (0b)      Mohammad Amir    6-2-18-1

14.1

Mohammad Amir to Pietersen, OUT, gone! Pietersen's nightmares continues as he goes first ball and it was a horrid shot. Wide of off stump and Pietersen chased it without any footwork and sent a low edge to the keeper

KP Pietersen c †Kamran Akmal b Mohammad Amir 0 (5m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

What a start for Pakistan and Pietersen looks shot to pieces at the moment...that was a stroke to support his comment yesterday that his confidence has taken a "battering". Miller sums it all up very well: "Jeepers," he says

Well, England in a hole and here's Paul Collingwood who has bailed them out many times before. The hosts are all over the place here. Four slips, gully and a short leg in place

14.2

Mohammad Amir to Collingwood, no run, on middle and off, comes solidly forward and blocks to mid-off...that's how to play the first ball of an innings

14.3

Mohammad Amir to Collingwood, no run, swings into Collingwood this time and takes the pad but it was going down the leg side

14.4

Mohammad Amir to Collingwood, OUT, ooh, big appeal from Amir and was it pad first? Will they review it? Yes, they will. This looks out to me, pad before bat. What will the third umpire say? Hawkeye says it's hitting flush on middle. GONE! It's been overturned. Brilliant bowling from Amir, what a cricketer he is.

PD Collingwood lbw b Mohammad Amir 0 (3m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

This has been outstanding cricket from Pakistan and England are in disarray. The batsmen, who are brought up facing the moving ball, just haven't got a clue. Although Amir has been wonderful.

Eoin Morgan under real pressure now

14.5

Mohammad Amir to Morgan, no run, full toss fired down the leg side, just trying a little too hard

14.6

Mohammad Amir to Morgan, no run, that's better, full on middle and Morgan squeezes it into the leg side

End of over 15 (wicket maiden) England 39/4
EJG Morgan    0* (2b)      Mohammad Amir    7-3-18-3
IJL Trott    8* (13b)      Mohammad Asif    7-2-17-1

15.1

Mohammad Asif to Trott, FOUR, runs, we have runs...Trott opens the face and guides this through backward point and despite a slow outfield it reaches the ropes. The first scoring shot of the day

15.2

Mohammad Asif to Trott, FOUR, and another...that's a lovely shot from Trott as he leans into a full delivery outside off and drives it sweetly through the covers. Is it the same game?

15.3

Mohammad Asif to Trott, no run, straighter this time and Trott goes onto the back foot and works it to midwicket

15.4

Mohammad Asif to Trott, no run, full and wide of off stump, swings away further as Trott lets it go

15.5

Mohammad Asif to Trott, no run, good line on middle and off, but Trott is rock-solid behind it and defends to mid-on

15.6

Mohammad Asif to Trott, no run, outside off and another good leave from Trott to end the over

End of over 16 (8 runs) England 47/4
IJL Trott    16* (19b 2x4)      Mohammad Asif    8-2-25-1
EJG Morgan    0* (2b)      Mohammad Amir    7-3-18-3

16.1

Mohammad Amir to Morgan, OUT, GONE! Another goes, what a collapse this is from England and what a spell from Amir. Full on off stump, more late swing finds the outside edge of Morgan's bat and it flies low to second slip where Hameed holds a sharp, low catch

EJG Morgan c Yasir Hameed b Mohammad Amir 0 (7m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

This is incredible stuff from Amir and England's batting is rapidly falling to pieces

Here comes England's in-form batsman Matt Prior, but what can he do in this situation?

16.2

Mohammad Amir to Prior, no run, full on off stump and defended to the off side

Amir hasn't conceded a run this morning for his four wickets

16.3

Mohammad Amir to Prior, no run, defended towards backward point

16.4

Mohammad Amir to Prior, no run, pushed across the right hander and left alone

16.5

Mohammad Amir to Prior, no run, back of a length and defended into the on side

16.6

Mohammad Amir to Prior, no run, GONE?! Is this another one...Prior has driven it to gully but the fielder, Umar Amin on as sub, isn't sure and asks for the replay. More drama. This is conventional use of the third umpire, not a review. The pictures aren't great quality and it's not out

End of over 17 (wicket maiden) England 47/5
MJ Prior    0* (5b)      Mohammad Amir    8-4-18-4
IJL Trott    16* (19b 2x4)      Mohammad Asif    8-2-25-1

Asif will continue with three slips and a gully

17.1

Mohammad Asif to Trott, FOUR, edged! But it flies between third slip and gully down to third man...loose from Trott who has been very solid this morning but well bowled from Asif who tempted the drive

17.2

Mohammad Asif to Trott, no run, now he walks at the bowler but gets beaten on the inside edge as Trott drags his length back

17.3

Mohammad Asif to Trott, 1 run, defended with an open face towards backward point

17.4

Mohammad Asif to Prior, no run, on off stump and Prior defends towards cover

17.5

Mohammad Asif to Prior, no run, full outside off and it swings away as Prior leaves alone

17.6

Mohammad Asif to Prior, no run, wow! That really was an unplayable ball, it pitched middle and swung late past Prior's outside edge...very few players would have nicked that

End of over 18 (5 runs) England 52/5
MJ Prior    0* (8b)      Mohammad Asif    9-2-30-1
IJL Trott    21* (22b 3x4)      Mohammad Amir    8-4-18-4

Short leg goes out to midwicket which is a little odd

18.1

Mohammad Amir to Trott, no run, pushed across Trott who is well down the pitch and leaves alone

18.2

Mohammad Amir to Trott, no run, that's a good one outside off which climbs past the edge, but Trott just about manages to draw the bat inside the line

18.3

Mohammad Amir to Trott, (no ball) 1 run, ooh, that's a good short ball. The surprise option from Amir and Trott got into a tangle as he fended into the leg side but no short leg in place...however, Amir had overstepped by a long way

18.3

Mohammad Amir to Prior, no run, my goodness, another cracker outside off which started to come into Prior before holding its line...just too good

18.4

Mohammad Amir to Prior, no run, on middle and leg, pushed to midwicket

Prior pulls away at the very last minute which means Amir has to abort his delivery stride

18.5

Mohammad Amir to Prior, 1 run, back of a length and it climbs awkwardly to take Prior's glove into the leg side

Short leg comes back in now...Yousuf under the helmet

18.6

Mohammad Amir to Trott, no run, good ball, back of a length and Trott is squared up as he defends to cover

End of over 19 (3 runs) England 55/5
IJL Trott    22* (26b 3x4)      Mohammad Amir    9-4-21-4
MJ Prior    1* (11b)      Mohammad Asif    9-2-30-1

Here's a cracking stat coming out of Lord's...this is the just the fifth time in history that Nos. 4, 5 and 6 in an order have gone for ducks and the first time for England. Puts the collapse in perspective.

19.1

Mohammad Asif to Prior, no run, full outside off and shapes away further

19.2

Mohammad Asif to Prior, no run, defended off the back foot into the leg side

19.3

Mohammad Asif to Prior, no run, full outside off trying to tempt the drive but Prior shoulders arms

19.4

Mohammad Asif to Prior, FOUR, edged! But this one doesn't carry to first slip, that's Asif's lack of pace not helping this time...it was a proper edge from Prior and the slip, Salman Butt, couldn't even stop it

19.5

Mohammad Asif to Prior, no run, comes across the crease and defends this late, square into the off side

19.6

Mohammad Asif to Prior, 1 run, uses his feet this time and then works it into midwicket to keep the strike

End of over 20 (5 runs) England 60/5
MJ Prior    6* (17b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    10-2-35-1
IJL Trott    22* (26b 3x4)      Mohammad Amir    9-4-21-4

Third slip has now come out to midwicket...surely you want slips in?

20.1

Mohammad Amir to Prior, 2 runs, tucked neatly off the pads through square leg

20.2

Mohammad Amir to Prior, 3 runs, well played by Prior, comes forward and guides it through backward point all along the ground but it pulls up short of the boundary

20.3

Mohammad Amir to Trott, no run, jeepers, that's a wild shot from Trott and very out of character as he chases this one outside off when he shouldn't have been anywhere near it

Now third slip comes back in

20.4

Mohammad Amir to Trott, no run, better from Trott as he shoulders arms to this one outside off

20.5

Mohammad Amir to Trott, 2 runs, nicely played by Trott as he works this off the stumps towards deep square and long long scoots around to do the fielding

20.6

Mohammad Amir to Trott, no run, full outside off, going across Trott and he leaves it well alone

End of over 21 (7 runs) England 67/5
IJL Trott    24* (30b 3x4)      Mohammad Amir    10-4-28-4
MJ Prior    11* (19b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    10-2-35-1

21.1

Mohammad Asif to Prior, 1 no ball, full on off stump, Prior leans forward and defends towards the bowler who had overstepped

21.1

Mohammad Asif to Prior, no run, short outside off and it gives Prior plenty of time to judge his leave

21.2

Mohammad Asif to Prior, no run, very wide on the crease this time from Asif, angling into Prior who defends on the back foot

21.3

Mohammad Asif to Prior, no run, wide on the crease again, and this one then shapes away from Prior's bat as he plays forward...excellent variation from Asif

21.4

Mohammad Asif to Prior, no run, back of a length outside off and left alone

Asif is almost breaking the return crease when he jumps wide

21.5

Mohammad Asif to Prior, no run, outside off and left alone

21.6

Mohammad Asif to Prior, no run, ooh, another good one outside off that beats the edge as Prior plays forward

End of over 22 (1 run) England 68/5
MJ Prior    11* (26b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    11-2-36-1
IJL Trott    24* (30b 3x4)      Mohammad Amir    10-4-28-4

Down to just two slips and a gully now...very odd fielding with England 68 for 5

22.1

Mohammad Amir to Trott, no run, outside off and Trott defends on the front foot square to cover

22.2

Mohammad Amir to Trott, no run, outside off and left alone...carries at waist-height to Kamran Akmal

22.3

Mohammad Amir to Trott, no run, back of a length and takes Trott on the thigh pad as he tries to work it through the on side

22.4

Mohammad Amir to Trott, 1 run, neatly done from Trott as he whips it away to long leg

22.5

Mohammad Amir to Prior, no run, pushed across very wide outside but it went through with some pace to the keeper

22.6

Mohammad Amir to Prior, no run, ooh, there's a good one that beats the outside edge with Prior playing from the crease

Well, what an hour that has been. Amazing spell from Mohammad Amir as he destroyed England's middle order. After the drinks break it will be Liam until lunch.

End of over 23 (1 run) England 69/5
MJ Prior    11* (28b 1x4)      Mohammad Amir    11-4-29-4
IJL Trott    25* (34b 3x4)      Mohammad Asif    11-2-36-1

Thanks Gnasher. What drama in the first hour today. Amir has brought this match to life after the rain ruined the first day. But how long can he bowl for? And what support will the rest of the attack be able to give? We'll find out soon enough, as Wahab Riaz will take up the attack after the break

23.1

Wahab Riaz to Trott, 1 run, and he starts with a short ball that has Trott rushing into a pull down to fine leg

23.2

Wahab Riaz to Prior, no run, that's better, much fuller from Riaz and he's already found some life off the pitch as the ball lifts off a length and Prior whips the bat inside the line

23.3

Wahab Riaz to Prior, 2 runs, full again, but a touch straight this time and he's worked neatly through midwicket

Not much movement through the air for Riaz so far, although the ball has seamed around a touch

23.4

Wahab Riaz to Prior, no run, that has jagged away off the seam! It was just short of a good length and so Prior could drop the hands on the shot as the ball rushed up at him, but a cracking delivery all the same

23.5

Wahab Riaz to Prior, no run, back of a length again from Riaz, this time Prior is back and across into a solid defensive stroke

23.6

Wahab Riaz to Prior, no run, airy drive outside off! The first really full ball of the over from Riaz, and it was quite wide too. Prior flashed at it without too much foot movement and is lucky not to get a touch on that

End of over 24 (3 runs) England 72/5
MJ Prior    13* (33b 1x4)      Wahab Riaz    2-0-7-0
IJL Trott    26* (35b 3x4)      Mohammad Amir    11-4-29-4

Asif will continue from the Pavilion End

24.1

Mohammad Asif to Trott, no run, big appeal as Trott is struck on the pad by a booming inswinger! Are they going to review this? Indeed they do, but that's missing off and Trott was well down the wicket too, so that's not out

24.2

Mohammad Asif to Trott, 2 runs, on a length outside off, and he's chopped down to third man

24.3

Mohammad Asif to Trott, no run, movement through the air and off the pitch for Asif, and the batsman is struck high on the inner thigh as the ball slants back in to him

24.4

Mohammad Asif to Trott, no run, this one curves away through the air, but Trott is well forward and across to cover the movement and defend into the off side

24.5

Mohammad Asif to Trott, no run, nice shape towards the slips once again, and the length - full - is great too. Trott walks down the track and pushes the ball back to the bowler, though he's squared up a touch as he does so

24.6

Mohammad Asif to Trott, no run, another outswinger to finish the over, this time it's wide enough of off to be left alone

End of over 25 (2 runs) England 74/5
IJL Trott    28* (41b 3x4)      Mohammad Asif    12-2-38-1
MJ Prior    13* (33b 1x4)      Wahab Riaz    2-0-7-0

25.1

Wahab Riaz to Prior, no run, another lifter from Riaz as he bangs this down back of a length. The ball seams away after pitching and Prior pokes nervously at it. Again, he's lucky not to edge that

25.2

Wahab Riaz to Prior, no run, fuller, and slanted across the right-hander, who leaves alone

25.3

Wahab Riaz to Prior, no run, back of a length once again, Prior defends back down the track

The umpires are just having a word with a few of the players now. There's a lot of chatter out there, Umar Akmal looks the chief culprit. They're just trying to cool things down a bit, there's some very lively banter being tossed around

25.4

Wahab Riaz to Prior, no run, a good length on middle and leg, Prior taps back to the bowler

25.5

Wahab Riaz to Prior, no run, banged in very short by Riaz, this looked like a slower-ball bouncer that went wrong. It was certainly slower, but sprayed well down the leg side. Good work by Kamran to cut that off

25.6

Wahab Riaz to Prior, no run, full on middle and leg again, Riaz gets this one to just shape back in to the batsman through the air. Solid defence from Prior though

End of over 26 (maiden) England 74/5
MJ Prior    13* (39b 1x4)      Wahab Riaz    3-1-7-0
IJL Trott    28* (41b 3x4)      Mohammad Asif    12-2-38-1

26.1

Mohammad Asif to Trott, no run, full and Asif finds more exaggerated movement away through the air. Trott leaves alone, and Asif ambles down after his follow through to have a word in his ear

A quick word from Andrew Miller: "Here's how England's top six has fared in the series so far. It's not pretty."

26.2

Mohammad Asif to Trott, 1 leg bye, this one goes the other way, but Trott is well down the wicket - he's standing outside his crease and walking down the track every other ball - and nudges to fine leg for a single

26.3

Mohammad Asif to Prior, no run, floated down full on off stump, Prior leans forward in defence

26.4

Mohammad Asif to Prior, no run, beaten outside off! Prior also comes down the track and is beaten on the outside edge as the ball shapes away from him. To his credit, he didn't push out at the ball and just played the line

26.5

Mohammad Asif to Prior, no run, moving away towards the slips, but wide of off and left alone by Prior

26.6

Mohammad Asif to Prior, no run, there's the variation from Asif, as this one comes back in off the seam. It's slightly misdirected outside off though, and so easily left alone once again

End of over 27 (1 run, maiden) England 75/5
MJ Prior    13* (43b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    13-3-38-1
IJL Trott    28* (43b 3x4)      Wahab Riaz    3-1-7-0

27.1

Wahab Riaz to Trott, no run, good length from Riaz, and decent pace too, but he spears this well down the leg side - a wasted delivery

27.2

Wahab Riaz to Trott, no run, that's the line! Right on off stump and slanting towards the slips. It was full too, but Trott steps forward and across to off in solid defence

27.3

Wahab Riaz to Trott, no run, full on off stump, Trott looks to be enterprising as he punches the ball back down the track, but Riaz collects in his follow-through

27.4

Wahab Riaz to Trott, no run, probing stuff from Riaz after the first ball was sprayed down the leg side. Again this is lands on a good length on or around off stump and Trott defends

27.5

Wahab Riaz to Trott, no run, just short of a good length, Trott hops back to defend back to the bowler

27.6

Wahab Riaz to Trott, no run, landing on middle and leg and angled across the right-hander, who defends solidly. That's a maiden for Riaz

End of over 28 (maiden) England 75/5
IJL Trott    28* (49b 3x4)      Wahab Riaz    4-2-7-0
MJ Prior    13* (43b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    13-3-38-1

28.1

Mohammad Asif to Prior, no run, on a length and seaming in after pitching, Prior is back and across in defence

Billy Bowden is having a word with Asif about the chatter now. The bowler protests his innocence and marches back to his mark

28.2

Mohammad Asif to Prior, no run, cracking delivery, and Prior is beaten outside off! Asif went wider on the crease to get the batsman playing, but jagged the ball away off the seam to beat the outside edge. Close!

28.3

Mohammad Asif to Prior, FOUR, great riposte from Prior! He steps right across to the off side and whips a full ball through midwicket for four. The batsmen are starting to settle now

28.4

Mohammad Asif to Prior, no run, good ball, angled in and swinging away through the air. Prior punches firmly back down the track

28.5

Mohammad Asif to Prior, no run, Asif pushes the line slightly wider of off but Prior gets forward and across and defends confidently to cover

28.6

Mohammad Asif to Prior, no run, another outswinger to finish the over, but Prior decides not to play at this one, raising his bat over his head to shoulder arms

End of over 29 (4 runs) England 79/5
MJ Prior    17* (49b 2x4)      Mohammad Asif    14-3-42-1
IJL Trott    28* (49b 3x4)      Wahab Riaz    4-2-7-0

29.1

Wahab Riaz to Trott, no run, back of a length and angled across Trott, who leaves well alone

29.2

Wahab Riaz to Trott, no run, just short of a good length again. This is straighter, though, and so Trott hops back and across to defend

29.3

Wahab Riaz to Trott, 1 run, nudged off the hip down to fine leg for a single. And that takes Trott to 1,000 runs in Test cricket. A ripple of applause from the crowd as that fact is relayed to them via the big screen

29.4

Wahab Riaz to Prior, no run, on a length, slanted across Prior and going further off the seam. Left alone

29.5

Wahab Riaz to Prior, no run, similar ball to the last, but this time Prior hangs his bat out and guides the ball down to gully - looking for the run to third man there

29.6

Wahab Riaz to Prior, no run, very full but well wide of off stump, and Prior won't be tempted

End of over 30 (1 run) England 80/5
MJ Prior    17* (52b 2x4)      Wahab Riaz    5-2-8-0
IJL Trott    29* (52b 3x4)      Mohammad Asif    14-3-42-1

Kamran has the helmet on and is coming up to the stumps to Asif now. Trott's been batting well outside his crease

30.1

Mohammad Asif to Trott, no run, full, swinging away and left alone by Trott. The ball thuds into Kamran's gloves.

30.2

Mohammad Asif to Trott, no run, straighter from Asif this time, and Trott drives along the ground back to the bowler

30.3

Mohammad Asif to Trott, 1 run, positive batting from Trott, who drops the ball into the leg side and immediately senses the chance for a quick single

30.4

Mohammad Asif to Prior, no run, nice and full but much too wide from Asif, and Prior isn't interested in playing a shot

First slip has also been taken out now, and has gone into the covers to re-inforce Pakistan's defence there

30.5

Mohammad Asif to Prior, no run, full, pushed firmly back to the bowler

30.6

Mohammad Asif to Prior, no run, and another leave to finish the over, as Asif pushes this one slightly wide of off and the movement takes it further

End of over 31 (1 run) England 81/5
MJ Prior    17* (55b 2x4)      Mohammad Asif    15-3-43-1
IJL Trott    30* (55b 3x4)      Wahab Riaz    5-2-8-0

31.1

Wahab Riaz to Trott, no run, full on leg stump, Trott tucks crisply to midwicket but there's a man there to cut it off

31.2

Wahab Riaz to Trott, no run, good length again, but pushed wide of off and Trott leaves well alone

31.3

Wahab Riaz to Trott, 1 run, back of a length, on the hip, and easily worked out to deep square leg for a single

Riaz switches to round the wicket now. He's got a man at fine leg and another at deep backward square.

31.4

Wahab Riaz to Prior, (no ball) 1 run, that's just short of a diving gully! Prior looked to run the ball down to third man but it just rose on him and he couldn't keep the shot down. Well, it's a no-ball so wouldn't have been out anyway

31.4

Wahab Riaz to Trott, no run, full on off stump, and Trott aims a firm checked drive to extra cover

The sun is peeping out now, it's quite pleasant out there and conditions are certainly easier for batting

31.5

Wahab Riaz to Trott, no run, very full, Riaz aiming for the yorker here but Trott digs it out eagerly

31.6

Wahab Riaz to Trott, no run, on a length and straight, Trott nudges to midwicket but they've put a man there to cut off that scoring area

End of over 32 (3 runs) England 84/5
IJL Trott    31* (61b 3x4)      Wahab Riaz    6-2-11-0
MJ Prior    18* (56b 2x4)      Mohammad Asif    15-3-43-1

Now, we're going to have a change in the bowling here and it'll be Saeed Ajmal to take up the attack. That might not be a bad move, both batsmen looked to have settled against the seamers. There are two men out on the leg-side boundary for him, and a slip and short leg in catching

32.1

Saeed Ajmal to Prior, no run, speared in first ball by Ajmal, and Prior defends from the crease

32.2

Saeed Ajmal to Prior, 1 run, premeditated paddle-sweep from Prior to get the ball down to short fine leg

32.3

Saeed Ajmal to Trott, FOUR, thick outside edge down to third man - he was looking to get it down there but it's finer than he was aiming. And some comedy courtesy of Yousuf, who races after the ball (in a fashion) and pulls it up short, but then touches it with one leg still over the rope... so that's four

32.4

Saeed Ajmal to Trott, no run, full and straight, the ball grips and turns to strike the pad but that was going well down the leg side and there isn't even an appeal

32.5

Saeed Ajmal to Trott, 1 run, nudged into the gap at midwicket

32.6

Saeed Ajmal to Prior, no run, pushed back to the bowler to finish the over

End of over 33 (6 runs) England 90/5
MJ Prior    19* (59b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    1-0-6-0
IJL Trott    36* (64b 4x4)      Wahab Riaz    6-2-11-0

33.1

Wahab Riaz to Trott, no run, just short of a good length, but the line is right on off stump. Trott hops back to defend right under his eyes

33.2

Wahab Riaz to Trott, no run, pushed down the leg side on the angle from round the wicket. Trott aims to leg glance but can't get a touch on it

33.3

Wahab Riaz to Trott, FOUR, half-volley, and solidly slapped through cover point! Great exhibition of the cover drive from Trott, he was well forward and across and nicely balanced to punish the bad ball

33.4

Wahab Riaz to Trott, no run, better from Riaz, who pulls the length back just a touch. But Trott is in now, and comes forward to defend to extra cover with minimum fuss

33.5

Wahab Riaz to Trott, no run, full of length, but pushed wide of off and easily left alone

33.6

Wahab Riaz to Trott, no run, on a length and straight, Trott defends off the back foot

End of over 34 (4 runs) England 94/5
IJL Trott    40* (70b 5x4)      Wahab Riaz    7-2-15-0
MJ Prior    19* (59b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    1-0-6-0

34.1

Saeed Ajmal to Prior, 1 run, there's the paddle-sweep again from Prior, as he laps the ball down to fine leg

34.2

Saeed Ajmal to Trott, 1 run, gripping and spinning in to the right-hander, but it's a touch too short and so Trott can easily whip the ball out to the man on the deep midwicket boundary

34.3

Saeed Ajmal to Prior, no run, full and straight, nudged defensively into the leg side

34.4

Saeed Ajmal to Prior, 1 run, too short again, and flicked through square off the back foot by Prior to take the partnership to fifty

34.5

Saeed Ajmal to Trott, no run, Ajmal corrects his length, Trott defends to extra cover

34.6

Saeed Ajmal to Trott, no run, pushed slightly wider of off, Trott thinks about the late cut but wisely pulled out of the shot

End of over 35 (3 runs) England 97/5
IJL Trott    41* (73b 5x4)      Saeed Ajmal    2-0-9-0
MJ Prior    21* (62b 2x4)      Wahab Riaz    7-2-15-0

Hmm, an interesting change here - Yasir Hameed has got the ball now. I understood that he was an offspinner, but it appears he's going to be bowling medium pace here

35.1

Yasir Hameed to Prior, no run, quickish offcutter off the long run by Hameed, watchfully defended into the off side

35.2

Yasir Hameed to Prior, no run, very full but quite wide of off and left alone

Butt has realised that Pakistan are well behind the over rate here, and he needs to get a couple more in before lunch

35.3

Yasir Hameed to Prior, no run, on a length, more defence from Prior

35.4

Yasir Hameed to Prior, no run, full on off stump this time, Prior aims a speculative drive at mid-off

35.5

Yasir Hameed to Prior, no run, this jags in after pitching, but at no great pace at all and so Prior defends easily

35.6

Yasir Hameed to Prior, no run, off the edge! This one moved away off the seam to take a thick outside edge, but fell well short of second slip

And that'll be lunch on day two at Lord's. After the drama of the first hour, in which Amir picked up four wickets in the space of eight balls, Trott and Prior have done really well to rescue England's innings. They dug in at first when the ball was moving round corners, seeing off Amir and Asif, and gradually gained in confidence against the back-up bowlers as the sun came out. England aren't out of danger yet, and Pakistan retain the ascendancy, but these two have done marvellously well and when the ball doesn't move through the air this is a good pitch for batting. Read all about the action so far today in Andrew McGlashan's lunchtime bulletin, which will be up presently.

End of over 36 (maiden) England 97/5
MJ Prior    21* (68b 2x4)      Yasir Hameed    1-1-0-0
IJL Trott    41* (73b 5x4)      Saeed Ajmal    2-0-9-0

Afternoon all, Sahil here for the next hour. Salman Butt is leading yet another huddle, whatever he said this morning worked a treat. England's batsmen come bounding out on to the field, their first job will be to resist Mohammad Amir's opening burst.

"Spurious Landmark Alert!" shouts Miller. "England collapsed twice at Trent Bridge, losing six for 17 in the first innings, and six for 98 in the second. They lost seven for 46 in the first innings at Edgbaston, seven for 94 in the first innings at The Oval, and seven for 28 in the second innings at The Oval. At 97 for 5, therefore, this performance is currently two runs shy of being England's least-worst collapse of the series! Of course, they'll now lose 5 for 0 in the first over after lunch, and finish with an all-conquering 10 for 66."

36.1

Mohammad Amir to Trott, no run, good start from Amir, throwing the ball up full and wide of Trott's off stump, it's the line that has got Trott in trouble a couple of times this series, but this time it's mistimed to point

36.2

Mohammad Amir to Trott, no run, here again Amir goes full and pushes across the right hander but Trott watches carefully to leave alone

36.3

Mohammad Amir to Trott, no run, a touch shorter and a touch closer to off stump, Trott again surveys the ball intently as he leaves alone

36.4

Mohammad Amir to Trott, no run, Trott shuffles across his stumps, as is his way, but does nothing more than lift the bat out the way

36.5

Mohammad Amir to Trott, no run, Trott will appreciates these, he gets another chance to leave alone outside off

36.6

Mohammad Amir to Trott, no run, good finish to the over, straighter and forcing Trott to defend uneasily off the front foot

Team huddles always work," insists Vishwa. "Even in gully cricket. Amir will rip through England now. All out before tea." Meanwhile, Butt's team talk has drawn a rather OTT response from Vulpy: " Huddle ? - What's all that rubbish about ?? - Get on the pitch and get on with the game and stop this lunacy."

End of over 37 (maiden) England 97/5
IJL Trott    41* (79b 5x4)      Mohammad Amir    12-5-29-4
MJ Prior    21* (68b 2x4)      Yasir Hameed    1-1-0-0

37.1

Wahab Riaz to Prior, no run, Wahab Riaz is given the job of sharing Pakistan's post-lunch attack and he begins with a shortish ball on off stump that Prior defends sweetly to point

37.2

Wahab Riaz to Prior, 1 run, back of a length again from Wahab, Prior stands tall and nudges into the leg side for a single

37.3

Wahab Riaz to Trott, no run, good delivery, better length and dragging Trott forward outside off, comes of a thickish outside edge towards point

37.4

Wahab Riaz to Trott, FOUR, lovely shot from Trott, minimum of fuss, stepping forward and stroking a check-drive down the ground the Yousuf wheezes after, following it all the way to the boundary

37.5

Wahab Riaz to Trott, no run, Wahab pulls back his length after being driven and Trott defends

37.6

Wahab Riaz to Trott, no run, batting looks a lot easier from Wahab's end, this is very short and Trott has an age to get back to defend

End of over 38 (5 runs) England 102/5
IJL Trott    45* (83b 6x4)      Wahab Riaz    8-2-20-0
MJ Prior    22* (70b 2x4)      Mohammad Amir    12-5-29-4

There is a bet on in the office here, and if England reach 240, Gnasher McGlashan will be much lighter of pocket. The tension is unbearable.

38.1

Mohammad Amir to Prior, no run, good delivery from Amir again, Prior defends around off stump quietly

38.2

Mohammad Amir to Prior, OUT, Amir strikes again! Prior gone now and England's slide continues! Pushed up full and going across Prior, he got half-forward and could only nibble at the ball, getting a faint outside edge to Kamran Akmal

MJ Prior c †Kamran Akmal b Mohammad Amir 22 (106m 72b 2x4 0x6) SR: 30.55

Graeme Swann is the new man, England look a long, long way from posting anything competitive. Amir has his second five-for of the series, what a man he is.

38.3

Mohammad Amir to Swann, no run, ooh, good ball first up, very full and close to off stump as Swann leaves alone

38.4

Mohammad Amir to Swann, OUT, another duck! Swann gone this time! Amir has six and England are in a shambles. Amir, as he so often does, found a good length and off-stump line, Swann drove loosely at it, skewing it airily to gully who held an excellent take

GP Swann c Azhar Ali b Mohammad Amir 0 (1m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Three slips and a gully circle the new batsman Stuart Broad, plenty of chatter too. Fair to say Pakistan smell blood here.

38.5

Mohammad Amir to Broad, 1 run, Broad's away straight away, Amir looking for a stump-splattering yorker but Broad managed to jab it away behind square on the leg side for a single

38.6

Mohammad Amir to Trott, no run, Trott has remained steady through the carnage and leaves this to end another brilliant game-changing over from Amir, who collected his 50th Test scalp when he removed Prior

End of over 39 (1 run) England 103/7
IJL Trott    45* (84b 6x4)      Mohammad Amir    13-5-30-6
SCJ Broad    1* (1b)      Wahab Riaz    8-2-20-0

Good move from Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif is recalled to the attack.

39.1

Mohammad Asif to Broad, no run, outside off stump to begin with, inviting something expansive from Broad, who has none of it

"I think Gnasher's dosh is safe," writes Mel Pearce. I think you're right!

39.2

Mohammad Asif to Broad, no run, fuller and straighter from Asif, finds a touch of late swing back into the batsman, Broad punches to mid on firmly

39.3

Mohammad Asif to Broad, 4 runs, good shot from Broad, very positive, stepping into a stylish off-side drive that sends Salman Butt on a chase to the deep cover boundary, he ends up stopping it but the batsmen run four

39.4

Mohammad Asif to Broad, no run, outside off stump this time, well outside off, and Broad gets to leave alone

39.5

Mohammad Asif to Broad, no run, Asif is inviting Broad to drive, keeping his length very full, Broad accepts the offer and punches it back down the pitch where Asif fields with a boot

39.6

Mohammad Asif to Broad, no run, very sweetly timed to end the over, but Broad finds cover with a back-foot punch

End of over 40 (4 runs) England 107/7
SCJ Broad    5* (7b)      Mohammad Asif    16-3-47-1
IJL Trott    45* (84b 6x4)      Mohammad Amir    13-5-30-6

40.1

Mohammad Amir to Trott, no run, very solid from Trott, defending resolutely off the back foot

40.2

Mohammad Amir to Trott, no run, touch shorter from Amir, Trott plays his routine leg-side nudge to midwicket

40.3

Mohammad Amir to Trott, FOUR, ooh, lucky for Trott this time! Pushing at the ball outside off stump but Pakistan only have two slips in place and it goes wide of the second down to the third-man boundary for a precious four runs

40.4

Mohammad Amir to Trott, no run, an extra fielder has come into place in the slips but Trott leaves alone

40.5

Mohammad Amir to Trott, no run, good line from Amir, forcing Trott to defend from under his eyes

40.6

Mohammad Amir to Trott, 1 run, fifty for Trott and what a fifty it's been. In the most hostile of situations he's remained remarkably calm and uncluttered, he reaches the landmark by dead-batting into the leg side and stealing a quick single

End of over 41 (5 runs) England 112/7
IJL Trott    50* (90b 7x4)      Mohammad Amir    14-5-35-6
SCJ Broad    5* (7b)      Mohammad Asif    16-3-47-1

41.1

Mohammad Asif to Trott, no run, Trott is batting well outside his crease and walks further to the off side to defend Asif to leg

41.2

Mohammad Asif to Trott, no run, Trott is on the walk again and clips this quietly into the leg side

41.3

Mohammad Asif to Trott, no run, good delivery from Asif, finds both extra bounce and movement away from the bat, Trott leaves alone and flashes a smile, he's clearly enjoying this

41.4

Mohammad Asif to Trott, no run, plenty of noise from behind the stumps, but it's not affecting Trott who defends quietly

41.5

Mohammad Asif to Trott, no run, ooh, very good appeal here as Asif seams one into the pads, beating Trott's forward defence, it was bang in front but Trott's tactic of batting well outside his crease pays dividends again. Asif wanted to call for a review but Salman Butt decided against it, and rightly so - it was going over

41.6

Mohammad Asif to Trott, no run, less drama to finish the over, Trott studies the ball carefully and leaves alone outside off

End of over 42 (maiden) England 112/7
IJL Trott    50* (96b 7x4)      Mohammad Asif    17-4-47-1
SCJ Broad    5* (7b)      Mohammad Amir    14-5-35-6

42.1

Mohammad Amir to Broad, no run, good shot for none here, really stylish shot from Broad, check-driving crisply to mid-off

42.2

Mohammad Amir to Broad, no run, good response from Amir! Not happy with being driven he bangs in a swift short ball that Broad ducks alarmingly out the way, ending up on his backside

42.3

Mohammad Amir to Broad, no run, back of a length again and Broad is a little bit more tetchy on this defensive block

42.4

Mohammad Amir to Broad, no run, fuller length, trying to catch Broad hanging on the back foot, but it's nudged quietly into the leg side

42.5

Mohammad Amir to Broad, 2 runs, excellent shot this, it wasn't overpitched from Amir, but Broad used all his height to stand tall and punch it at the top of its bounce between cover and mid-off for a couple

42.6

Mohammad Amir to Broad, no run, fuller and driven firmly this time, more expansive shot but it goes straight to point

End of over 43 (2 runs) England 114/7
SCJ Broad    7* (13b)      Mohammad Amir    15-5-37-6
IJL Trott    50* (96b 7x4)      Mohammad Asif    17-4-47-1

Butt juggles his act and Wahab is recalled.

43.1

Wahab Riaz to Trott, no run, oh dear, horrid delivery first up, slung well down the leg side

43.2

Wahab Riaz to Trott, 1 no ball, slightly better but not much from Wahab, again slung short and down the leg side, but this was at least a fraction closer to Trott

43.2

Wahab Riaz to Trott, 2 runs, nicely played from Trott, controlling a pull shot to send it wide of fine leg for a couple

Wahab wanted to switch to around the wicket but the plan hit a roadblock when captain Salman Butt told him to stay where he is. He fancies getting Trott out to the ball pushed across him I guess.

43.3

Wahab Riaz to Trott, no run, good delivery this, pushed across as Butt would want, and Trott leaves alone

43.4

Wahab Riaz to Trott, no run, slightly straighter this time and Trott again defends solidly

43.5

Wahab Riaz to Trott, no run, good line from Wahab probing the off-stump channel and Trott defends

43.6

Wahab Riaz to Trott, 2 runs, good work from Trott, slightly loose from Wahab, drifting on to the legs and clipped towards the square leg boundary where Asif fields nicely

End of over 44 (5 runs) England 119/7
IJL Trott    54* (103b 7x4)      Wahab Riaz    9-2-25-0
SCJ Broad    7* (13b)      Mohammad Amir    15-5-37-6

Mohammad Amir has gone off the field so he's replaced by Asif.

44.1

Mohammad Asif to Broad, 1 run, short ball to begin with, Broad pulls handsomely down to fine leg, thinks about a couple but only one available

Kamran Akmal is up to the stumps now for Trott.

44.2

Mohammad Asif to Trott, no run, good delivery, Trott rooted deep in his crease to defend

44.3

Mohammad Asif to Trott, no run, Asif maintaining his hit-wicket length and line, Trott counters with the straightest of bats

44.4

Mohammad Asif to Trott, no run, very straight from Asif and full-faced back to the bowler, Asif just waiting for something to happen off the pitch

44.5

Mohammad Asif to Trott, no run, touch of extra bounce here gets Trott into trouble, he goes back to defend but it raps him on the thigh

44.6

Mohammad Asif to Trott, no run, driven neatly to mid-off again to end the over

End of over 45 (1 run) England 120/7
IJL Trott    54* (108b 7x4)      Mohammad Asif    18-4-48-1
SCJ Broad    8* (14b)      Wahab Riaz    9-2-25-0

45.1

Wahab Riaz to Broad, no run, Broad has played a number of lovely shots for no runs today and this is another, standing tall and punching crisply to mid-off

45.2

Wahab Riaz to Broad, no run, Broad smiles to himself after lacing another sweet back-foot drive to cover

45.3

Wahab Riaz to Broad, 2 runs, slower ball from Wahab, disguised it well but the line was lost, drifting into the legs and Broad picks it off for a couple to midwicket

45.4

Wahab Riaz to Broad, FOUR, finally he gets one through, piercing the off side with a back-foot drive, real panache and style in Broad's strokeplay and it races to the point boundary

45.5

Wahab Riaz to Broad, no run, good response from Wahab, toe-crunching yorker that surprised Broad, luckily for him it was heading past the leg stump

45.6

Wahab Riaz to Broad, (no ball) 1 run, loose from Wahab, no ball and short and wide, Broad slapped a cut shot very sweetly to deep point

45.6

Wahab Riaz to Trott, 1 run, Trott picks off a single, working it off his hip round the corner

"Is the golden age of pace bowling back?" asks Vishwa. "Teams winning coz of seamers. Be it Pakistan or India. Rajesh's stats are mind blowing."

End of over 46 (9 runs) England 129/7
IJL Trott    55* (109b 7x4)      Wahab Riaz    10-2-34-0
SCJ Broad    15* (20b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    18-4-48-1

46.1

Mohammad Asif to Trott, 1 run, having taken the strike with leg-side nudge the delivery before, Trott gives back the strike with another, clipping to fine leg

46.2

Mohammad Asif to Broad, no run, Asif not afraid to invite a drive from Broad, pitching it up full and the shot is played firmly to mid-off

46.3

Mohammad Asif to Broad, 1 run, you can see why Asif keeps testing Broad on the drive - this is driven loosely and airily towards mid-off but luckily for the batsman he didn't time it so it reaches Yousuf on the bounce

46.4

Mohammad Asif to Trott, no run, Trott is happy to leave alone everything outside his off stump and wait for the bowler to drift into his legs

46.5

Mohammad Asif to Trott, FOUR, lovely shot, Trott is so strong off his pads, Asif straightens his line to force Trott to play but it's clipped very sweetly past mid-on for a boundary

46.6

Mohammad Asif to Trott, no run, good leave, excellent judgement, having been picked-off the ball before, Asif sends it just outside off stump and Trott shoulders arms

End of over 47 (6 runs) England 135/7
IJL Trott    60* (113b 8x4)      Mohammad Asif    19-4-54-1
SCJ Broad    16* (22b 1x4)      Wahab Riaz    10-2-34-0

With the natural light getting gloomy the floodlights have been switched on to full effect. Look out for the shadows!

47.1

Wahab Riaz to Broad, no run, oh dear, how have Pakistan not reviewed this!? Good length, traps Broad on the pads in front, umpire Tony Hill gives it not out... replays show it clipping the bails so the review would have stayed with the original decision

47.2

Wahab Riaz to Broad, 1 run, Broad has a slightly angry whoosh at this, toe-ending it to mid-on to take a single

47.3

Wahab Riaz to Trott, no run, Trott defends quietly here

47.4

Wahab Riaz to Trott, no run, touch too short and a drifting down the leg side, Trott gets inside the line to leave alone

47.5

Wahab Riaz to Trott, no run, full this time from Wahab, there is not much consistency to his bowling at the moment and Trott defends

47.6

Wahab Riaz to Trott, 1 run, short ball to finish, Trott gets back and pulls carefully down to fine leg for a single

Good stat this from Miller: "Trott has reached 1000 runs in 23 innings, which is the same as Atherton and Pietersen, among others"

End of over 48 (2 runs) England 137/7
IJL Trott    61* (117b 8x4)      Wahab Riaz    11-2-36-0
SCJ Broad    17* (24b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    19-4-54-1

Change of approach, Saeed Ajmal into the attack.

48.1

Saeed Ajmal to Trott, no run, wow, this spun a long way from middle well down the leg side

48.2

Saeed Ajmal to Trott, no run, good length here, drawing Trott well forward to defend

48.3

Saeed Ajmal to Trott, 1 leg bye, this again spins a long way from middle stump down the leg side, clipping the pads and running away for a single

48.4

Saeed Ajmal to Broad, 1 run, I'm not sure how well Broad reads Ajmal which makes the sweep a good option and Broad plays the shot nicely from outside off to collect a single to deep square

48.5

Saeed Ajmal to Trott, no run, Trott plays this carefully off the back foot, studying the spin off the wicket

48.6

Saeed Ajmal to Trott, no run, tossed up to end the over, Trott drives calmly to mid-off

High time for a drink and Liam will take over the comms for the next hour.

End of over 49 (2 runs) England 139/7
IJL Trott    61* (122b 8x4)      Saeed Ajmal    3-0-10-0
SCJ Broad    18* (25b 1x4)      Wahab Riaz    11-2-36-0

Thanks, Sahil. Mohammad Amir has done so well for Pakistan today but Trott has proved extremely difficult to prise from the crease.

49.1

Wahab Riaz to Broad, no run, a touch of wobble through the air for Riaz, but nothing more than a hint, and Broad pushes the ball firmly back to him

49.2

Wahab Riaz to Broad, 1 no ball, sharp bouncer from Riaz, beating Broad's wild hook, but he's over-stepped yet again. He really gets close to the line every time, but he's gone over this time

49.2

Wahab Riaz to Broad, no run, full outside off, Broad cracks the ball very hard into the off side but straight to the man at extra cover

49.3

Wahab Riaz to Broad, no run, full again, but this time nice and straight. Broad tucks towards mid-on

49.4

Wahab Riaz to Broad, no run, another bouncer from Riaz, but it's not all that well directed and Broad sways easily out of the way

49.5

Wahab Riaz to Broad, no run, full and straight from Riaz, Broad aims a flat-footed swipe down the ground but can't get any timing on the shot

49.6

Wahab Riaz to Broad, 1 run, slower ball from Riaz, it looked like an offcutter. He's slipped in to Broad's pads though, and is nudged down to fine leg

End of over 50 (2 runs) England 141/7
SCJ Broad    19* (32b 1x4)      Wahab Riaz    12-2-38-0
IJL Trott    61* (122b 8x4)      Saeed Ajmal    3-0-10-0
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150
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England won by an innings and 225 runs
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Aug 29, 2010

Giles Clarke hands Mohammad Amir his Player-of-the-Series medal, fourth Test, England v Pakistan, Lord's, August 29, 2010

Giles Clarke hands Mohammad Amir his Player-of-the-Series medal

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Aug 29, 2010

A sombre Andrew Strauss watches the indoor presentation ceremony, England v Pakistan, 4th Test, Lord's, August 29, 2010

A sombre Andrew Strauss watches the indoor presentation ceremony

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