England A v Pakistanis, Canterbury, 4th day July 9, 2006

Warm-up to first Test ends in farcical draw

Cricinfo staff

England A 595 for 9d and 153 for 1d (Cook 80*, Bell 50*) drew with Pakistanis 242 and 154 for 2 (Butt 50 ret, Yousuf 35*, Inzamam 20*)

Alastair Cook and Ian Bell, both of whom were today included in England's squad for the first Test against Pakistan, notched fifties on the final day against the touring Pakistanis at Canterbury as the game petered out into a draw. However, the day wasn't without incident.

Robert Key, the England A captain, declared his side's innings on 153 for 1 after rain had caused a delayed start where just ten overs were possible in the morning session. Following injury to Mohammad Sami, who was struck a painful blow on his knee while fielding at midwicket, and Mohammad Asif's injury to his elbow which could force him out of the first Test, Pakistan attacked with two lesser bowlers: Salman Butt and Imran Farhat.

The pair sent down 40 overs between them - Farhat bowled Key last night - as England A made steady if unspectacular progress. Curiously Umar Gul bowled just two overs in the second innings and Danish Kaneria none at all.

With frequent injury scares from both camps in the past 48 hours, it is impossible to ascertain whether this was a tactical decision or not. Key, though, made his opinion clear by bowling every member of his side in Pakistan's second innings; even the wicketkeeper, Chris Read, rolled his arm over for three overs. Only Matthew Hoggard, who didn't take the field following an injury to his hand yesterday, didn't bowl as the game ended in disappointing and farcical circumstances.