Pakistan tour of England and Scotland, 2006 / Commentary

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11.6

Umar Gul to Cook, no run

England 60/1   AN Cook 0* (1b)

13.1

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, full-faced defensive

13.2

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, strayed down leg

13.3

Umar Gul to Cook, 1 run, dropped. Imran Farhat missed an easy chance at second slip after Cook was squared up. It was straight to Inzamam at first slip but an eager Imran dived across and it popped out of his hands. He shakes his finger and his head – that’s the second one he’s put down.

13.5

Umar Gul to Cook, no run

13.6

Umar Gul to Cook, no run

England 62/2   AN Cook 1* (6b)

14.2

Abdul Razzaq to Cook, no run, too wide down the off-side to tempt Cook to explore

14.3

Abdul Razzaq to Cook, no run, edge, but no danger; the ball bounces low into the slip region

14.4

Abdul Razzaq to Cook, no run

14.5

Abdul Razzaq to Cook, no run, great delivery moving away from the left-handed Cook, who swings and misses. A good line, there.

14.6

Abdul Razzaq to Cook, no run, a more convincing shot from Cook, who defends solidly.

England 63/2   AN Cook 1* (11b)

16.1

Abdul Razzaq to Cook, no run

16.2

Abdul Razzaq to Cook, FOUR, a deliberate press down through the unguarded third-man area, slicing through between slips and gully.

16.2

Abdul Razzaq to Cook, FOUR, a deliberate press down through the unguarded third-man area, slicing through between slips and gully.

16.3

Abdul Razzaq to Cook, 1 run, short ball; the batsman fails to connect fully with a pull which bounces over to deep backward square leg.

England 74/2   AN Cook 6* (14b 1x4)

17.1

Mohammad Sami to Cook, 1 run, tries the short one, but Cook has plenty of time to control his pull shot.

England 79/2   AN Cook 7* (15b 1x4)

18.6

Abdul Razzaq to Cook, 1 run, finds space at extra cover for a comfortable single.

England 92/3   AN Cook 8* (16b 1x4)

19.1

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run

19.2

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run

19.3

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run

19.4

Mohammad Sami to Cook, FOUR, ball moved away from the lefthander who strode confidently into a drive through cover

19.5

Mohammad Sami to Cook, 1 run

England 97/3   AN Cook 13* (21b 2x4)

20.1

Abdul Razzaq to Cook, no run

20.2

Abdul Razzaq to Cook, no run

20.3

Abdul Razzaq to Cook, no run

20.4

Abdul Razzaq to Cook, 1 run, shortish ball, just pushed straight by Cook who makes a late decision to scramble a single.

20.6

Abdul Razzaq to Cook, no run, ball pitches outside leg and Cook bends double as the ball rattles into his pads. Big appeal but, given where it pitched, it’s inevitably turned down by Simon Taufel.

England 102/3   AN Cook 14* (26b 2x4)

22.1

Abdul Razzaq to Cook, no run, decent line-and-length – on the offstump - forcing a defensive shot.

22.2

Abdul Razzaq to Cook, no run, on the button again, Cook defends the ball out towards mid-on.

22.3

Abdul Razzaq to Cook, no run

22.4

Abdul Razzaq to Cook, no run

22.5

Abdul Razzaq to Cook, 1 run, quick single after Cook steers out to cover.

England 104/3   AN Cook 15* (31b 2x4)

24.1

Abdul Razzaq to Cook, no run

24.2

Abdul Razzaq to Cook, 1 run

24.4

Abdul Razzaq to Cook, 1 run, lunge to mid-wicket.

England 110/3   AN Cook 17* (34b 2x4)

25.1

Danish Kaneria to Cook, 1 run, edged down to shortish fine leg

25.5

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run, roomy delivery outside off; Cook not interested.

25.6

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run, lots of fielders crowding the bat now and Cook crouches over to try to find a single in the cover reigion. They set off, but turn back.

England 112/3   AN Cook 18* (37b 2x4)

26.2

Shahid Afridi to Cook, no run

26.3

Shahid Afridi to Cook, no run, Cook gets on top of the ball and kills the bounce

26.4

Shahid Afridi to Cook, FOUR, wider and too short; Cook gives himself room to cut behind point.

26.5

Shahid Afridi to Cook, no run, better line and better length.

26.6

Shahid Afridi to Cook, 1 no ball

26.6

Shahid Afridi to Cook, no run, Cook looks to work that through mid-wicket but checks the shot. And that’s lunch.

England 118/3   AN Cook 22* (43b 3x4)

28.1

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, short ball outside off, Cook defends up on his toes

28.2

Umar Gul to Cook, (no ball) FOUR, too short and swaying down leg, Cook paddles it down to fine-leg for an easy four

28.2

Umar Gul to Cook, 1 run, again drifting down leg, and Cook flicks it elegantly for a single

England 133/3   AN Cook 27* (46b 4x4)

29.1

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run, defended on the front foot

29.2

Danish Kaneria to Cook, 1 run, nurdled to leg, not much spin there, and a well-run single

29.5

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run, easily defended

29.6

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run, pushed straight to cover. Good, tight over

England 143/3   AN Cook 28* (50b 4x4)

30.2

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, good delivery, cramping Cook for room – hurried onto him

30.3

Umar Gul to Cook, 1 no ball, Gul overstepping here, but a crisp return drive from Cook back to the bowler

30.3

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, jams down on this shorter delivery straight to cover. Cat-and-mouse cricket here

30.4

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, solid, uncompromising forward defence to an accurate delivery on off-stump

30.5

Umar Gul to Cook, 1 run, pitches on Cook’s leg-stump, whips it to mid-on for a well-run single. Looks solid, Cook.

England 146/3   AN Cook 29* (55b 4x4)

31.1

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run, Cook wristily turns this into the onside

31.2

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run, the googly from Kaneria, turns into Cook who had no trouble flicking it away

31.3

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run, defends watchfully on the front foot

31.4

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run

31.5

Danish Kaneria to Cook, 2 runs

31.6

Danish Kaneria to Cook, 1 run, drops it on the off-side, hesitates but calls Collingwood through. Well run…in the end.

England 149/3   AN Cook 32* (61b 4x4)

32.1

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, wide of off-stump, and fast, Cook flails at it. Great opportunity to hammer Gul for four goes begging

32.2

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, better line now from Gul; taller at the crease, with a high arm, he finds one to bounce on Cook who stands up on his toes to defend it with ease

32.3

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, clever bowling, jags away late from the batsman who reacted well

32.4

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, tries to entice the batsman with a wider delivery. Fails.

32.5

Umar Gul to Cook, 5 wides, oh dear. Far too short, beats Cook who didn’t need to duck. Sails over him, sails over Akmal for four wides

32.5

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, and now this one keeps low – worrying to see so early in the Test

32.6

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, finishes the over with a good one on off-stump, although perhaps a little too short again

England 154/3   AN Cook 32* (67b 4x4)

33.4

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run

33.5

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run, cut hard straight to point

33.6

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run

England 155/3   AN Cook 32* (70b 4x4)

34.2

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, defended into the off-side

34.3

Umar Gul to Cook, 1 no ball, punched off the back foot to the man in the gully, tighter over from Gul so far

34.3

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, rapped on the pads, perhaps bat-pad, good ball from Gul who jags one back into the left-handed Cook

34.4

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, outside off, defended watchfully

34.5

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, pushed to cover

34.6

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, slightly shorter and punched by Cook with greater force, but straight to mid-on. Good over

England 157/3   AN Cook 32* (76b 4x4)

36.2

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, crunched on the up straight to cover

36.3

Umar Gul to Cook, no run

36.4

Umar Gul to Cook, 1 run, straying down leg, again, and Cook whips it off his pads for a single

England 164/3   AN Cook 33* (79b 4x4)

37.1

Danish Kaneria to Cook, 1 run, quickly onto the back foot and cut past point, just, who dives and fumbles allowing them through for a single

England 165/3   AN Cook 34* (80b 4x4)

38.3

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, Cook stands tall and gracefully defends with the full face of the bat

38.4

Mohammad Sami to Cook, 3 runs, intelligently played by Cook, pouncing on a leg-sider from Sami and stroking it past the bowler. Not perfectly timed

England 172/3   AN Cook 37* (82b 4x4)

39.1

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run, change of line hasn’t affected Cook’s judgement, plays this solidly to cover

39.2

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run, defended watchfully on the front foot

39.3

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run, quickly rocks back onto the back foot and cuts straight to point

39.4

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run

39.5

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run, beautifully driven on one knee, but again straight to extra cover. Not much turn

39.6

Danish Kaneria to Cook, 1 run, dropped on the off-side, a scampered single helped by some less-than-brilliant fielding

England 179/3   AN Cook 38* (88b 4x4)

40.1

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, big shout from Sami, bowling wide of the crease and angling it into Cook’s pads, but it pitched a touch outside leg stump. Fine decision from the umpire, Simon Taufel

40.2

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, squirted to cover

40.3

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run

40.4

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, fuller, attempting a yorker but his line was slightly off, squirted to mid-off

40.5

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, crisply struck, but straight to the fielder. Cook simply cannot break the off-side cordon at the moment

40.6

Mohammad Sami to Cook, 1 run, easy for Cook, Sami straying down leg allowing him to flick him fine for another easily run single

England 180/3   AN Cook 39* (94b 4x4)

41.1

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run, Defends solidly, no problem there

41.2

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run

41.3

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run, clever bowling, tosses it up but Cook is up to it, reads the length well and plays it back

41.4

Danish Kaneria to Cook, 1 run, nudged to gully

England 181/3   AN Cook 40* (98b 4x4)

42.1

Mohammad Sami to Cook, 1 run

42.5

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, left alone, not interested in wide deliveries thanks very much

42.6

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, languidly driven straight to extra cover

England 187/3   AN Cook 41* (101b 4x4)

43.6

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run

England 188/3   AN Cook 41* (102b 4x4)

44.2

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run

44.3

Mohammad Sami to Cook, 1 run

44.5

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, smashed hard to extra cover. Still Cook can’t break the off-side

44.6

Mohammad Sami to Cook, 1 run, crunched past extra cover, finally, but mid-off swoops to prevent two runs

England 192/3   AN Cook 43* (106b 4x4)

45.1

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run

45.2

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run, tosses this up to the delight of Akmal, but Cook had no trouble in timing it back to him

45.3

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run, takes a big stride forward, defending it watchfully. Kaneria mixing it up here

45.4

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run, oooh! What a beauty! A corker, jaffer and all that jazz; the googly, turns a mile and takes Cook’s outside edge through to Akmal. Thin edge, but Bucknor turns it down! Well well well.

45.5

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run, punched off the back foot

45.6

Danish Kaneria to Cook, 2 runs, Cook whips this through wide long-on for two easy singles

England 194/3   AN Cook 45* (112b 4x4)

46.2

Abdul Razzaq to Cook, no run

46.3

Abdul Razzaq to Cook, no run

46.4

Abdul Razzaq to Cook, no run, unthreatening delivery, steered into cover.

46.5

Abdul Razzaq to Cook, no run, pacier delivery, Cook hits it to Inzy, who plays a bit of football.

46.6

Abdul Razzaq to Cook, no run, Cook can’t do anything with that, apart from defend with the full face of the bat.

England 195/3   AN Cook 45* (117b 4x4)

47.2

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run

47.3

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run, looped in, Cook gets some bat on it, and the ball thuds to the floor

47.4

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run, dropped. Kaneria could have taken a sharp caught-and-bowled there after Cook stopped on a shot and popped it back to him. Really Kaneria should have held that.

47.5

Danish Kaneria to Cook, 1 run, sends that out to the sweeper on the off-side boundary

England 197/3   AN Cook 46* (121b 4x4)

48.1

Abdul Razzaq to Cook, no run

48.2

Abdul Razzaq to Cook, FOUR, you can’t argue with that. Cook latches firmly onto a short delivery with a beautifully struck pull to bring up his fifty, his second at Lord’s. He’s been dropped twice, on O and 45, but he’s taken his chances – and got the reward. England will now need him to keep building.

48.3

Abdul Razzaq to Cook, no run

48.4

Abdul Razzaq to Cook, no run

48.5

Abdul Razzaq to Cook, no run, wide of off-stump

48.6

Abdul Razzaq to Cook, no run, the ball kept low just outside the off-stump and Cook thumps his bat down on it, defensively.

England 201/3   AN Cook 50* (127b 5x4)

50.1

Abdul Razzaq to Cook, FOUR, banged in short, but the ball slowed a touch and Cook made no mistake in dispatching that to the square leg boundary.

50.2

Abdul Razzaq to Cook, no run

50.3

Abdul Razzaq to Cook, no run, looked for a quick single after steering to midwicket but settled for the dot.

50.4

Abdul Razzaq to Cook, no run, better ball: full, on the off-stick and forcing the defensive

50.5

Abdul Razzaq to Cook, no run, another good ball, good line; just a dot.

50.6

Abdul Razzaq to Cook, no run

England 211/3   AN Cook 54* (133b 6x4)

52.2

Abdul Razzaq to Cook, FOUR, up and over point

52.3

Abdul Razzaq to Cook, 2 runs, whipped through midwicket

52.4

Abdul Razzaq to Cook, no run

52.5

Abdul Razzaq to Cook, no run

52.6

Abdul Razzaq to Cook, 1 run, played to midwicket, collected by Sami.

England 220/3   AN Cook 61* (138b 7x4)

53.1

Shahid Afridi to Cook, no run, moved away from the lefthander, who left it alone.

53.2

Shahid Afridi to Cook, no run, guided to cover

53.3

Shahid Afridi to Cook, no run

53.4

Shahid Afridi to Cook, no run

53.5

Shahid Afridi to Cook, no run

53.6

Shahid Afridi to Cook, 2 runs, bit of room with that one, and Cook makes even more room to send that out to the cover boundary

England 222/3   AN Cook 63* (144b 7x4)

55.1

Shahid Afridi to Cook, no run

55.2

Shahid Afridi to Cook, 2 runs

55.3

Shahid Afridi to Cook, no run

55.4

Shahid Afridi to Cook, no run

55.5

Shahid Afridi to Cook, no run

55.6

Shahid Afridi to Cook, no run

England 232/3   AN Cook 65* (150b 7x4)

56.3

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run

56.4

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run

56.5

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run

56.6

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run, Ooh. Some sharp spin then for Kaneria to end the over; ripping from outside off and right back into Cook. Lovely stuff.

England 237/3   AN Cook 65* (154b 7x4)

57.2

Shahid Afridi to Cook, 1 run, Cook nurdles that through midwicket, but it’s uppish, enough to generate an ‘Ooh’ or two. Finds space, though.

57.5

Shahid Afridi to Cook, 2 runs, Cook latches on to Afridi’s googly for two

57.6

Shahid Afridi to Cook, no run

England 242/3   AN Cook 68* (157b 7x4)

59.1

Umar Gul to Cook, FOUR, oooh, first ball after tea and Cook edges it wide of second slip…where a third slip would have been. Good start by Gul; a moral victory, if nothing else

59.2

Umar Gul to Cook, 1 run

England 247/3   AN Cook 73* (159b 8x4)

60.1

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run, good line, defended with ease

60.2

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run, outside offstump, drifting into the batsman's pads and turning further still to the leg-side, defended soldily by Cook

60.3

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run, same again from Kaneria, and Cook is up to it

60.4

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run

60.5

Danish Kaneria to Cook, 1 run, tickles one which didn’t turn quite so much onto the leg-side for a quick, and well-run, single

England 248/3   AN Cook 74* (164b 8x4)

61.1

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, good pace from Gul, rising on Cook who got up on his toes to defend it into the covers

61.2

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, same line outside offstump from Gul, Cook doesn’t move his feet this time though, poking his bat rather ungainly (but effectively) at a short delivery

61.3

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, excellent length this time, again Cook refusing to take a big stride forward but nevertheless he clearly has an excellent eye – ala Trescothick – blocking the ball out into the off-side

61.4

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, defended off the back foot

61.5

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, half a shout, Cook inside edges onto his pads - almost squeezed through his legs and onto his stumps. Fine over so far

61.6

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, straying slightly down the leg side, nudged safely away

England 248/3   AN Cook 74* (170b 8x4)

62.3

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run

62.4

Danish Kaneria to Cook, 1 run, swept without any great power to deep midwicket, and that’s the 250 up for England

62.6

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run

England 251/3   AN Cook 75* (173b 8x4)

66.1

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run

66.2

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run, ooh, so close! Around the wicket, Kaneria induces Cook into driving at a fiercely spun legbreak and it nearly fizzles its way onto his stumps

66.3

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run, defended with greater confidence this time, as Cook gets a good stride in

66.4

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run, and again, Kaneria toying with Cook here but he’s up to the challenge, planting his right foot down the pitch

66.5

Danish Kaneria to Cook, 1 run, slightly quicker and the batsman whips it past the bowler, whose acrobatic dive can’t quite stop them from nicking a single. Smart cricket from Cook

England 257/3   AN Cook 76* (178b 8x4)

67.1

Umar Gul to Cook, 1 run, too easy for Cook who, despite his youthful air, will whip leg-side gifts all day

67.3

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, batsman pokes at one outside offstump

67.4

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, much better from Gul, fuller and straighter, forcing Cook to decide whether to leave it well alone or, as he did, defend it with care

67.5

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, generates a touch more bounce, with one rising on Cook but he uses his height to good effect to ride the bounce and play it competently into the covers

67.6

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, ah, touch of reverse-swing there to end the over

England 259/3   AN Cook 77* (183b 8x4)

68.2

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run, chips it confidently down the ground

68.3

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run, again punch-drives it without much power

68.4

Danish Kaneria to Cook, 2 runs, better shot from Cook who drives with a greater flourish and follow-through, earning a quick single

68.5

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run, good thinking from Kaneria, tossing it high and wide of Cook’s off-stump who plays and misses off the back foot, attempting to cut it. Probably lucky he did miss that, as first slip would have been interested

68.6

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run

England 262/3   AN Cook 79* (188b 8x4)

70.1

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run, flatter and quicker, Cook up to the challenge meeting the ball and knocking it down

70.2

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run, huge appeal from Kaneria, a slower-ball, well flighted, but the ball hit Cook’s pad

70.3

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run, googly! This is great entertainment (for us, if no one else). Kaneria mixing it up – he’s clearly a little rattled, and Cook read it very well.

70.4

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run, legbreak this time, Cook defends it with a pleasing solidity.

70.5

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run, wider of the crease, doesn’t turn much this time and Cook blocks it out

70.6

Danish Kaneria to Cook, 1 run, he really ripped that one, a fizzer turning out of the rough but the batsman rocked back and cut it confidently

England 269/3   AN Cook 80* (194b 8x4)

71.1

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, left alone

71.2

Mohammad Sami to Cook, 1 run, wide delivery, Cook thick-edges it to third man

71.5

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, fine shot for no run, Cook driving authoritatively to mid-off

71.6

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, DROPPED, oh dear oh dear this is atrocious and rather inexplicable. Sami found a touch of movement which Cook feasted his eyes upon, edging him hard straight to Imran Farhat, the lone slip. Quite why Inzamam-ul-Haq isn’t there, we can’t tell you. That was yet another poor miss, and Cook again benefits (dropped on 0, in the 40s and now in the 80s)

England 271/3   AN Cook 81* (198b 8x4)

72.2

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run, defended solidly

72.3

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run

72.4

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run

72.5

Danish Kaneria to Cook, 1 run, rocks back and hammers it hard past point for a single

England 273/3   AN Cook 82* (202b 8x4)

73.1

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, full bunger from Sami, so full that Cook’s cover drive wafts the dust and the ball pings through to Akmal

73.2

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, on the off-stump, moving back a touch into the left-handed Cook who pushes hard at it

73.3

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, super ball forces a poor shot from Cook who nervously hangs his bat out to dry at a quick awayswinger from Sami

73.4

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, he nearly left it, but decided to half-cut it (tricky one to describe)

73.5

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run

73.6

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run

England 273/3   AN Cook 82* (208b 8x4)

75.1

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run

75.2

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, Cook drives it back down the ground, Sami gets a finger on it and deflects it onto the stumps. Half a shout that perhaps Collingwood wasn’t in his crease, but he was, so no alarms there

75.3

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run

75.4

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, blocks out a much quicker ball, hint of reverse-swing too

75.5

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, whipped to mid-on

75.6

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, attempted yorker, Cook digs it out without problem

England 275/3   AN Cook 82* (214b 8x4)

76.5

Danish Kaneria to Cook, 1 run

England 281/3   AN Cook 83* (215b 8x4)

77.1

Mohammad Sami to Cook, 2 runs, chipped to third man

77.2

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, defended carefully

77.3

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, offstump line, blocked out

77.4

Mohammad Sami to Cook, 1 run, nicely driven without any timing for a single. Controlled shot, though; he’s unflustered and elegant in his strokeplay

England 284/3   AN Cook 86* (219b 8x4)

78.1

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run

78.2

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run, flicks it to short leg who, quick as a flash, pings it back and hits the stumps. But Cook got his foot back in time

78.3

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run, defended back to the bowler

78.4

Danish Kaneria to Cook, 1 run, darted into Cook’s pads, turns and balloons away

England 285/3   AN Cook 87* (223b 8x4)

79.4

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, darted in, at nearly yorker length, but dug out easily

79.5

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, wafts at one that sails over his bat

79.6

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run

England 287/3   AN Cook 87* (226b 8x4)

80.2

Danish Kaneria to Cook, 2 runs, placed and timed well through cover

80.3

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run

80.4

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run, pitched outside off, comes into the lefthander who smothers it

80.5

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run, nice tight line and length, ball turns back in to Cook who defends

80.6

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run, more turn for Kaneria who forces Cook into his third successive defensive shot. Nice tight bowling here.

England 290/3   AN Cook 89* (231b 8x4)

81.2

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run

81.3

Mohammad Sami to Cook, 1 wide

81.3

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, speared in but strongly defended.

81.4

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, swung away from the lefthander

81.5

Mohammad Sami to Cook, 1 run, commandingly smacked to the cover boundary but scooped just as confidently and returned. Cook enters the nineties, but given his unflappable temperament I wonder how nervous they’ll be for him.

England 293/3   AN Cook 90* (235b 8x4)

82.1

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run, cover-driven, but not timed completely

82.2

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run

82.3

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run

82.4

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run

82.5

Danish Kaneria to Cook, FOUR, a gift and Cook unwraps it, forcing it through midwicket for four. Just the fourth boundary of the evening session

82.6

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run

England 297/3   AN Cook 94* (241b 9x4)

84.1

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run, turned back into Cook, who defends solidly

84.2

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run, Cook got over that one and tried to send it through midwicket, but didn’t quite connect

84.3

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run

84.4

Danish Kaneria to Cook, 1 run, a sedentary single, worked to square as the tall Cook leans over the ball

England 298/3   AN Cook 95* (245b 9x4)

85.5

Abdul Razzaq to Cook, no run, swings late, but very wide of offstump and Cook shoulders arms

85.6

Abdul Razzaq to Cook, no run, Razzaq forces Cook onto his backfoot, but his defence is sound

England 300/3   AN Cook 95* (247b 9x4)

86.2

Shahid Afridi to Cook, 2 runs, Cook drives a full toss down the ground, but he doesn’t quite time it and gets two. He’s still three shy of his hundred; can he get it before the end of the day?

86.3

Shahid Afridi to Cook, no run

86.4

Shahid Afridi to Cook, 2 runs, A tight two after Cook works the ball round to fine leg. Just one more for his century

86.5

Shahid Afridi to Cook, no run, a wobbly moment but Cook stands firm.

86.6

Shahid Afridi to Cook, no run, turned away from the lefthander again.

England 305/3   AN Cook 99* (252b 9x4)

87.3

Abdul Razzaq to Cook, no run, slower ball, Cook leaves that well alone.

87.4

Abdul Razzaq to Cook, no run, too wide for Cook to be interested. He leaves it and it bounces low, away from him. Strauss is the most nervous-looking of a nervous-looking England balcony.

87.5

Abdul Razzaq to Cook, no run, better ball from Razzaq, tighter and nearer to the batsman

87.6

Abdul Razzaq to Cook, no run, Cook again not tempted into anything rash; he leaves the ball as that one also moves away from him. This is intelligent, probing stuff from Razzaq.

England 306/3   AN Cook 99* (256b 9x4)

88.4

Shahid Afridi to Cook, no run, eek. Great bowling from Afridi who beats the bat but can’t find the edge. Tense stuff.

88.5

Shahid Afridi to Cook, no run, more nervous moments as Cook sets off for a single, but it’s not there

88.6

Shahid Afridi to Cook, 1 run, eked out to gully. At last, a deserved hundred for Cook. It’s not been his most fluid batting by any stretch, but they all count and he takes off his helmet to acknowledge the crowd with a gleaming, pearly white smile.

England 308/3   AN Cook 100* (259b 9x4)

89.1

Abdul Razzaq to Cook, no run

89.2

Abdul Razzaq to Cook, no run

89.3

Abdul Razzaq to Cook, 1 run, not much room, but managed to work the ball into midwicket.

England 309/3   AN Cook 101* (262b 9x4)

90.1

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, full and straight, no pace just yet and easily blocked out by Cook

90.2

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, slightly wider, Cook tries to leave the ball which got onto him slightly quicker, plays it down into the ground

90.3

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, bit of swing for Sami there, moving away from the left-handed Cook

90.4

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, cracker from Sami, moves away from Cook off the seam and aided by gentle swing, passes by Cook’s outside edge

90.5

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, straighter delivery allowing Cook to nudge it on the on-side

90.6

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, too wide and swinging wider still, Cook leaves it well alone. A good start by Sami and the day’s first maiden

England 309/3   AN Cook 101* (268b 9x4)

92.1

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, outside off, Cook wisely leaves it well alone

92.2

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, quicker ball from Sami, zips past Cook who watches it carefully

92.3

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, Sami forces a back-foot defence from Cook who had no trouble blocking it out

92.4

Mohammad Sami to Cook, FOUR, lovely, elegant drive from Cook – fuller and wider from Sami, and Cook pushes it confidently past gully for the first four of the day. Disappointingly wide from Sami.

92.5

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, not interested in that, far too wide

92.6

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, and again, no need to even think about playing those

England 313/3   AN Cook 105* (274b 10x4)

94.1

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, nippy delivery (86.9mph) on Cook’s offstump who defends it ease

94.2

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, just short of a good length and wide enough to allow Cook a sighter

94.3

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, still too wide; Sami’s intention is clear enough, but Cook so far refuses to be enticed into playing at these

94.4

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, much better – fuller, attacking the stumps and forcing Cook to defend them. That’s more like it from Sami.

94.5

Mohammad Sami to Cook, OUT, GONE! Crackerjack from Sami, full, straight and quick, swung back into the left-handed Cook who was too late on it. Cook gone for 105 – terrific start for Pakistan

AN Cook b Mohammad Sami 105 (327m 279b 10x4 0x6) SR: 37.63

England 321/4   AN Cook 105 (279b 10x4)
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Series Results
England v Pakistan at The Oval - Aug 17-21, 2006
England awarded the match (opposition refused to play)
England v Pakistan at Leeds - Aug 4-8, 2006
England won by 167 runs
England v Pakistan at Manchester - Jul 27-29, 2006
England won by an innings and 120 runs
England v Pakistan at Lord's - Jul 13-17, 2006
Match drawn
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Jul 17, 2006

Mohammad Yousuf during the warm-up, England v Pakistan, 1st Test, Lord's, July 17, 2006

Mohammad Yousuf during the warm-up

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Jul 17, 2006

Liam Plunkett just beats Abdul Razzaq's throw, England v Pakistan, 1st Test, Lord's, July 17, 2006

Liam Plunkett just beats Abdul Razzaq's throw

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