• England struggle with the bat in final warm-up

    A total of 22 wickets fell in two days, as England and Pakistan A played out to a draw in their two-day match in Sharjah on Friday.

    In what was a wicket-fest, the sides batted for a day each, and if they were bowled out, previous batsmen came back in, as Pakistan A finished day one on 192-12, before England struggled to 198-10 on day two.

    While England can be satisfied with their bowling display, the same can’t be said for their batting, as several players go into the first Test match against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday short of form.

    Steven Finn, who was left out of the first warm-up game, can be happy with his performance as he pushes for a starting berth. He took 4-16 on Thursday, while Adil Rashid also impressed with 3-53. There were two wickets apiece for fringe players Liam Plunkett and Samit Patel.

    Alex Hales and Moeen Ali then strode out for England on Friday morning, but both players failed to impress. Hales could only muster nine, which might signal the end of his chances of playing the first match. Moeen could only get seven, and batted again later in the day and got 11 before losing his wicket again. His capabilities with the ball, however, should be enough for him to hold onto his spot at the top of the order.

    Ian Bell and James Taylor notched up fifties in what was an otherwise poor display of batting from England. They will need to put on a better show in Abu Dhabi, as they look to become the first side to beat Pakistan in a Test series solely played in the UAE.


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