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Day 3

472dThe Report by David Hopps

Pakistan spin England into debacle

England began the third day imagining they had done the groundwork for a momentous recovery befitting the No. 1 Test side in the word. They finished it with a demoralising defeat more in tune with their Asian disasters of old as they suffered a second bat

472dGeorge Dobell in Dubai

Underperforming Strauss feels the heat

The form of Andrew Strauss is starting to cause concern. While the rest of the top seven - with the possible exception of Eoin Morgan - have enjoyed a year of feasts, Strauss is enduring something of a famine

472dDavid Hopps

Misbah hails 'confidence-building win'

Misbah-ul-Haq did not,after his side's crushing defeat of England, sound like a man about to get carried away with his success, and with good reason

Day 2

472dThe Report by David Hopps

Misbah helps Pakistan plod ahead

Misbah-ul-Haq, the captain who has brought discipline back to Pakistan cricket, was not about to forego a perfect opportunity for an attritional day

472dGeorge Dobell

England's perseverance overcomes conditions

With little pace, little turn, little bounce and little chance of any reverse-swing, England's bowlers had to dry up runs to take wickets, and their patience went some way in making up for the first day's batting failure

Day 1

472dGeorge Dobell in Dubai

England spooked by spin and pre-match talk

On a pitch that, initially at least, offered little assistance to bowlers of any type, England's top order folded as meekly as a shy kitten in a room full of alligators

472dGeorge Dobell in Dubai

England unconcerned by Ajmal's action - Prior

While there were murmurs from former players and members of the media questioning the legality of Saeed Ajmal's action, Matt Prior said the England players were not talking about it


472dESPNcricinfo staff

'A boost to the nation' - Mohsin

Mohsin Khan, the Pakistan interim coach, has said the three-day win over England was a major "boost to the nation" after a period marred by controversy

472dSaad Shafqat

One of Pakistan's greatest victories?

Under Misbah, the batsmen have raised their game to match their bowlers' efforts. If they extend their advantage over England, it might be the start of something big

498dPhilip Brown

Pietersen fails to carry his bat

I'd never visited the UAE before January, so I was very happy to go and cover three Pakistan v England Test matches there

498dKamran Abbasi

Saeed Ajmal lifts Pakistani hearts

Never in the field of cricket conflict have so many enjoyed a match played before so few. Pakistan's thumping victory in Dubai was accompanied by shrill cries of glory that echoed around a near-empty stadium

472dGeorge Dobell in Dubai

First test for England's No. 1 status

For all England's success in recent years, they are yet to find consistent form in Asia. They meet Pakistan, who are rebuilding after the spot-fixing scandal and Misbah-ul-Haq could be the ideal man to guide them

472dGeorge Dobell in Dubai

Tremlett ahead of the pack

Four bowlers and one allrounder are in the running for vacancy created in the England line-up by Tim Bresnan's injury. ESPNcricinfo takes a close look at the contenders

472dGeorge Dobell in Dubai

Ian Bell survives injury scare on match eve

England's bowlers were always hopeful of striking the first blow in this series, but they could not have anticipated it would result in a self-inflicted injury that cast doubt over the participation of Stuart Broad in the first Test.