Pakistan v England, 1st Test, Dubai, 1st day January 17, 2012

A DRS boo-boo and Dubai hits a flat note

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the first day of the first Test between Pakistan and England, in Dubai
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Surprise - or not - of the day
There was surprise from some when Mohammad Hafeez, a part-time offspinner, was thrown the ball in just the sixth over of the day, but there probably shouldn't have been. Hafeez has either opened the bowling or come on first change in four of the last five innings. Indeed, he took the new ball in the first innings of Pakistan's recent Test in Chittagong. He also has an excellent record against left-handers: they account for 17 of his 22 Test victims. So we really shouldn't have been surprised when, just three balls into his spell, Alastair Cook attempted to cut a ball that was too full and too straight for the stroke, and edged to the keeper. It was an example of excellent planning and execution from Pakistan.

Deflation of the day
It was the dismissal that summed up the day: tentative batting and fine bowling. Ian Bell, who averaged more than 100 in Test cricket last year, prodded half-forward to his first delivery, a doosra from Saeed Ajmal, only to see the ball hold its own line and take the edge of his bat. Suddenly all England's brave talk about the way they were going to play spin was betrayed. They looked as lacking in confidence as ever.

DRS boo-boo of the day
England went to great lengths to ensure they had the benefit of the DRS in their warm-up games with the hope of learning when to utilise it. It seems that more work is required. Both Eoin Morgan and Stuart Broad reviewed lbw decisions only to see that the ball would, pretty much, have hit the middle of middle stump. Still, the worst case of the day came when Umar Gul insisted to Misbah-ul-Haq that a declined lbw appeal against Graeme Swann be referred. The review showed the ball would have pitched every bit of a foot outside leg stump. It might just have been the worst review yet in international cricket.

Farewell of the day
It's not often that a spectator receives a standing ovation. Even more unusual is such an ovation for a spectator that isn't even present. But, midway through the afternoon session, the ground rose and applauded George 'Podgy' Summerside, a 53 year-old from Sunderland, who was found dead at the bottom of cliffs in South Tyneside last week. George, a retired firefighter, was a popular figure among the Barmy Army and was buried in Sunderland on Tuesday. Even Matt Prior, one of the England batsmen, joined in the applause, before Bill Cooper, the Barmy Army's trumpeter, played the Last Post.

Reprieve of the day
England's final total may not be daunting, but it could have been much worse. Adnan Akmal dropped what looked, on Hot Spot, like a thin edge squeezed between bat and pad by Graeme Swann when the batsman had just eight. England would have been 104 for 8 had Swann been dismissed. As it was, Swann helped Matt Prior add another 47 runs and give England something of a foothold in the game.

Flat note of the day
Late in the day, security asked Bill Cooper, the Barmy Army's trumpeter, to stop playing. Talk about biting the hand that feeds: without England supporters the crowd - maybe the 'sparse' would be a better word for it - might not even have reached three figures. To be fair, they eventually relented and allowed him to continue. Maybe one day the game's governors will reflect on the low attendances at Tests and think again about their treatment of spectators?

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • KTiwari on January 19, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    Thanks Pakistan for thrashing England. Please make it 3-0 from an Indian supporter.

  • BigNoddy on January 18, 2012, 5:01 GMT

    Are you saying that if the Barmy Army trumpeter is banned from playing, then they wont go to the match? That's idiotic. Of course they would. Why do you lot think that a constant din of trumpets and football songs is necessary in order to watch a test cricket match? Here in Australia, we get better crowds for tests matches than anyone and we dont feel the need to have a constant din of musical instruments or silly footbal songs. Some of us actually like watching test cricket.

  • Patchmaster on January 18, 2012, 3:57 GMT

    When Gooch was giving Bell throw downs, it was obviously fast bowlers they were preparing for (as it injured his wrist) why of why do ENG always seem so under prepared for spin, it's not exactly a surprise that PAK are playing two spinners. Why are all the ENG management and coaches not preparing our team to play spin. It's so predictable, the situation that is, not the spin, ENG couldn't predict that if the PAK bowlers even did a Shane Warne and told them what he was going to bowl before he bowled it !

  • satish619chandar on January 18, 2012, 3:53 GMT

    "England's brave talk about the way they were going to play spin was betrayed. They looked as lacking in confidence as ever." Says what happened!!

  • mix-grill-united on January 18, 2012, 0:30 GMT

    George 'Podgy' Summerside RIP from one cricket lover to another !

  • on January 17, 2012, 22:37 GMT

    Maybe if the curator in Dubai produced wickets with some grass and pace, it would be conducive to more exciting cricket. Sounds almost like a sub-continent track there. Stadium looks lovely but embarrassing when almost bare. More work needs to be done to ignite more interest in cricket in the UAE.

  • jackiethepen on January 17, 2012, 21:55 GMT

    Deflation of the day? All the pundits have been united that Bell was not to blame for his first ball dismissal against a brilliant doosra that took the faintest edge on his forward defensive stroke. Not a single expert, whether Gower, Atherton, Bumble, Hussain or Botham, or the Pakistan commentators, nor Trescothick or Bob Willis or Robert Key or Mark Butcher. The newspapers likewise. Strange then that you have picked Bell's dismissal as the prime example of England's poor batting! Remarkable that not a single expert agrees with you! They all said that he faced a 'perfect doosra' first ball. Hope this is not a sign of things to come. It smacks of the old Bell bandwagon of making him the scapegoat.

  • JG2704 on January 17, 2012, 21:08 GMT

    Obviously pathetic batting performance by our top order. Great bowling by Ajmal. What's this rubbish about the security asking the BA trumpeter to stop playing? I'm guessing that the non BA crowd took offence - both of them.

  • Saqib_Sheraz on January 17, 2012, 20:51 GMT

    I like the way Pakistanis are bating on a slow pitch with patience, English batsman need to learn from their style...... PS It's really a practical approach by Misbah that play defensive rather than loosing.

    Good Luck Team Green

  • Ch_Mahmood on January 17, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    George Dobell, Well, with regards to biting the hand that feeds you, wata joke. It is dubia we are talking about mate.....oil, wealth, economy, money>ring any bells (out an a duck).

    Well played Pakistan. Pakistan Zindabaad...Really big day coming up, need 100/0 to get to first....then 150/1 mayb, right the way through to 450+..Ajmal smashit it bro.. Critics like Bob need to address their concerns to the correct audience, like the officials or umpires so forth....not spread controversy and debate neglecting whilst overshadowing the brilliance ,of the bowler.

    Eng just like Ajmal said, are a very respectable forbiddable batting unit without doubt the (current form and squad), world number one are really up against it here. Am sure ENG are up for it too, wicked series start for PAKISTAN. Carry on boys head down on march on........!

  • KTiwari on January 19, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    Thanks Pakistan for thrashing England. Please make it 3-0 from an Indian supporter.

  • BigNoddy on January 18, 2012, 5:01 GMT

    Are you saying that if the Barmy Army trumpeter is banned from playing, then they wont go to the match? That's idiotic. Of course they would. Why do you lot think that a constant din of trumpets and football songs is necessary in order to watch a test cricket match? Here in Australia, we get better crowds for tests matches than anyone and we dont feel the need to have a constant din of musical instruments or silly footbal songs. Some of us actually like watching test cricket.

  • Patchmaster on January 18, 2012, 3:57 GMT

    When Gooch was giving Bell throw downs, it was obviously fast bowlers they were preparing for (as it injured his wrist) why of why do ENG always seem so under prepared for spin, it's not exactly a surprise that PAK are playing two spinners. Why are all the ENG management and coaches not preparing our team to play spin. It's so predictable, the situation that is, not the spin, ENG couldn't predict that if the PAK bowlers even did a Shane Warne and told them what he was going to bowl before he bowled it !

  • satish619chandar on January 18, 2012, 3:53 GMT

    "England's brave talk about the way they were going to play spin was betrayed. They looked as lacking in confidence as ever." Says what happened!!

  • mix-grill-united on January 18, 2012, 0:30 GMT

    George 'Podgy' Summerside RIP from one cricket lover to another !

  • on January 17, 2012, 22:37 GMT

    Maybe if the curator in Dubai produced wickets with some grass and pace, it would be conducive to more exciting cricket. Sounds almost like a sub-continent track there. Stadium looks lovely but embarrassing when almost bare. More work needs to be done to ignite more interest in cricket in the UAE.

  • jackiethepen on January 17, 2012, 21:55 GMT

    Deflation of the day? All the pundits have been united that Bell was not to blame for his first ball dismissal against a brilliant doosra that took the faintest edge on his forward defensive stroke. Not a single expert, whether Gower, Atherton, Bumble, Hussain or Botham, or the Pakistan commentators, nor Trescothick or Bob Willis or Robert Key or Mark Butcher. The newspapers likewise. Strange then that you have picked Bell's dismissal as the prime example of England's poor batting! Remarkable that not a single expert agrees with you! They all said that he faced a 'perfect doosra' first ball. Hope this is not a sign of things to come. It smacks of the old Bell bandwagon of making him the scapegoat.

  • JG2704 on January 17, 2012, 21:08 GMT

    Obviously pathetic batting performance by our top order. Great bowling by Ajmal. What's this rubbish about the security asking the BA trumpeter to stop playing? I'm guessing that the non BA crowd took offence - both of them.

  • Saqib_Sheraz on January 17, 2012, 20:51 GMT

    I like the way Pakistanis are bating on a slow pitch with patience, English batsman need to learn from their style...... PS It's really a practical approach by Misbah that play defensive rather than loosing.

    Good Luck Team Green

  • Ch_Mahmood on January 17, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    George Dobell, Well, with regards to biting the hand that feeds you, wata joke. It is dubia we are talking about mate.....oil, wealth, economy, money>ring any bells (out an a duck).

    Well played Pakistan. Pakistan Zindabaad...Really big day coming up, need 100/0 to get to first....then 150/1 mayb, right the way through to 450+..Ajmal smashit it bro.. Critics like Bob need to address their concerns to the correct audience, like the officials or umpires so forth....not spread controversy and debate neglecting whilst overshadowing the brilliance ,of the bowler.

    Eng just like Ajmal said, are a very respectable forbiddable batting unit without doubt the (current form and squad), world number one are really up against it here. Am sure ENG are up for it too, wicked series start for PAKISTAN. Carry on boys head down on march on........!

  • on January 17, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    ENGLAND can never dream of winning in Sub-continent. Weaker team in Sub-continent is playing havoc with England now. World no. 1? Naaaahhhh!

  • PAK-92 on January 17, 2012, 18:51 GMT

    We could have dismissed England for a lower score had Adnan Akmal not missed a catch off Eoin Morgan early on and of course, that stumping chance. However, these reprieves weren't a suprise because he is an 'Akmal' you know. Atleast he is a better keeper than his older brother Kamran, however i don't think his batting is as good. But his catch to dismiss Trott was a good one.

  • ROXSPORT on January 17, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    The failings of the DRS system again came to the fore today when Broad survived a first-ball lbw appeal which showed the ball to be hitting the stumps on the fielding side's referral after the umpire had wrongly given it as not-out. Again, some time later, Swann (or was it Prior) was given not out (for a caught bat-pad appeal) & the hot-spot clearly showed an edge. Now, can someone tell me how it is that fielding sides can coax an umpire to go for an umpire referral (the umpire himself may choose to do so) for close run-outs & low catches while the umpire himself did not go for a referral for these appeals. Effectively, the umpires contrived to deny Pakistan the wickets they had so rightly earned. My other point is this- If it is the umpires call for close lbw or bat-pad decisions, then why not have the same for close run-outs/stumpings also??? Let the umpires make their decision & the aggrieved party refer it.

  • JimDavis on January 17, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    Umar Gul's review wouldn't even get into the top ten worst DRS reviews. Yes incase you were wondering, the top ten do all belong to Bran Haddin.

  • on January 17, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    Great tribute to George Summerside from the Barmy Army. Very emotional. A dedicated fan of Durham CCC, Sunderland AFC and of course England. RIP.

  • on January 17, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    I think the noise by the trumpeter should be between overs.

  • wrenx on January 17, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    Far too many people loading the England team up with their spite. Hostility is better directed at irresponsible journalists who are constantly projecting hubris to stir things up. The England team is just 11 guys on the field, facing an opposition that got the better of them today. No doubt, they'll redouble their efforts tomorrow.

  • on January 17, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    People were questioning India's number 1 status and saying that they can't perform on bouncy pitches. Please look at the "TRUE" number 1 team, England now. They never ever perform well on turning pitches. Even the mighty Australia of early 2000 couldn't conquer the final frontier despite them being number 1. People are always trying to pounce on India's success and try to debase their achievement. Truth is that, each team finds it hard to acclimatize to different conditions. So, being number 1 doesn't mean you can win everywhere. It means that you are most consistently competitive under different conditions.

  • ansarri on January 17, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    the security personnel perhaps asked Bil to stop playing because the AZAN( call for prayer) was being delivered

  • on January 17, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    The problem is that security in UAE never allows playing instruments or anything....don't really understand why only in UAE

  • K.A.K on January 17, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    Comeon UAEian, come out and enjoy the live cricket in Dubai. It is a shame that such world-class teams are playing and the stadium is empty.

  • jonesy2 on January 17, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    pfffft who wrote this? let me guess, was he a pom? england should be fined for their ridiculous use of the referral system, broad is proving even more of a joke of a cricketer. as for the trumpet player, why should he be allowed to bring it in to any stadium? i had to smuggle in my vodka at the waca on the weekend and i was probably less annoying than some dork with half a brass section

  • on January 17, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    when England used to get blackish by the west indies, they stopped west vindians playing the steel pan at their grounds, now they are complaining about their trumpeter being banned, but that is typical of them.

  • ankit_66 on January 17, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    just like india..england never deserved havin rank 1 in tests..thy r next to nothing in subcontinent conditions..thy have to tour india too...soon..i mean..m indian but i still prefer australia being rank1..just think where thy have not won..india,sri lanka,pakistan,saf,bangladesh,nz,wi..baring in england aus hav gud record..thy deserve goodness..

  • Adnan143 on January 17, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    instead of Reprieve of the day the title should have been akmal moment of day, and must have included morgan miss stumping, akmals have the way to make perfect day in to imperfect one

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  • Adnan143 on January 17, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    instead of Reprieve of the day the title should have been akmal moment of day, and must have included morgan miss stumping, akmals have the way to make perfect day in to imperfect one

  • ankit_66 on January 17, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    just like india..england never deserved havin rank 1 in tests..thy r next to nothing in subcontinent conditions..thy have to tour india too...soon..i mean..m indian but i still prefer australia being rank1..just think where thy have not won..india,sri lanka,pakistan,saf,bangladesh,nz,wi..baring in england aus hav gud record..thy deserve goodness..

  • on January 17, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    when England used to get blackish by the west indies, they stopped west vindians playing the steel pan at their grounds, now they are complaining about their trumpeter being banned, but that is typical of them.

  • jonesy2 on January 17, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    pfffft who wrote this? let me guess, was he a pom? england should be fined for their ridiculous use of the referral system, broad is proving even more of a joke of a cricketer. as for the trumpet player, why should he be allowed to bring it in to any stadium? i had to smuggle in my vodka at the waca on the weekend and i was probably less annoying than some dork with half a brass section

  • K.A.K on January 17, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    Comeon UAEian, come out and enjoy the live cricket in Dubai. It is a shame that such world-class teams are playing and the stadium is empty.

  • on January 17, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    The problem is that security in UAE never allows playing instruments or anything....don't really understand why only in UAE

  • ansarri on January 17, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    the security personnel perhaps asked Bil to stop playing because the AZAN( call for prayer) was being delivered

  • on January 17, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    People were questioning India's number 1 status and saying that they can't perform on bouncy pitches. Please look at the "TRUE" number 1 team, England now. They never ever perform well on turning pitches. Even the mighty Australia of early 2000 couldn't conquer the final frontier despite them being number 1. People are always trying to pounce on India's success and try to debase their achievement. Truth is that, each team finds it hard to acclimatize to different conditions. So, being number 1 doesn't mean you can win everywhere. It means that you are most consistently competitive under different conditions.

  • wrenx on January 17, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    Far too many people loading the England team up with their spite. Hostility is better directed at irresponsible journalists who are constantly projecting hubris to stir things up. The England team is just 11 guys on the field, facing an opposition that got the better of them today. No doubt, they'll redouble their efforts tomorrow.

  • on January 17, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    I think the noise by the trumpeter should be between overs.