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January 24, 2012
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Features : Questions to answer for England
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Matches: England v Pakistan at Abu Dhabi
Series/Tournaments: England tour of United Arab Emirates
The Sheikh Zayed Stadium, on the face of it, offers the chance of redemption. It has only staged two Tests and both finished in high-scoring draws. Pakistan and South Africa have both scored more than 500 in their first innings here so Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook, in their 100th innings together as an opening pair, have every chance to reach the landmark in style.
Pakistan impressed in Dubai with the methodical way in which they dismantled England but they will surely find them more resilient opponents here.
Players to watch
Pakistan (probable) 1 Mohammad Hafeez, 2 Taufeeq Umar, 3 Azhar Ali, 4 Younis Khan, 5 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 6 Asad Shafiq, 7 Adnan Akmal (wk), 8 Abdur Rehman, 9 Umar Gul, 10 Saeed Ajmal, 11 Aizaz Cheema.
England (probable) 1 Andrew Strauss (capt), 2 Alastair Cook, 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Kevin Pietersen, 5 Ian Bell, 6 Eoin Morgan, 7 Matt Prior (wk), 8 Stuart Broad, 9 Graeme Swann, 10 James Anderson, 11 Steven Finn.
Pitch and conditions
Stats and trivia
"They are better batsmen than us. I don't know what happened, really."
Adnan Akmal, the Pakistan wicketkeeper, on England's dismal Dubai showing.
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