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England v Pakistan, In UAE
#1
Very interesting that the BBC reported that Moeen was Englands best spinner today, hopefully that will continue throughout the series.

I wonder if following yet another failure with the bat by Jos Butler the England selectors make the logical move of giving the gloves to Bairstow & bringing Jack Taylor in to strengthen the batting.
While Robert may be bad, Robert is not all Mugabe's.
There are GOOD Mugabe's
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#2
I'm not sure that a Gloucestershire off-spinner with a dodgy action would strengthen the batting.
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#3
It would if he replaced Buttler.
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#4
I do apologise, I meant James Taylor, although the 1974 FIFA world cup final may improve team discipline :-)
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There are GOOD Mugabe's
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#5
Ah, yes.  I know who you mean now:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJatscssXuU
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#6
TGM - you need a friend :-)
LE - aka John
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#7
Well he can put people to sleep anyway. Good figures for Moeen. Interesting he opened the batting as well. I hope they stick with him there and not pick Hales.

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#8
Bad drop from Bell, looks like a road. Draw written all over this match especially now Shah isn't playing

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#9
A good day for ex-Bear Shoaib Malik.
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#10
yes but not for current one  Angry

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#11
I'm disappointed that England persist with Bell in the slips. Since he was moved there he must have dropped as many as he's caught, which isn't good enough. It's not just the missed wickets but we know that Ian is a player whose confidence can be a bit fragile. If he's shelling catches, there's a good chance it will feed back to his batting making him less of a player all round. He was perfectly good as a cover/mid-wicket fielder and he should go back to doing that.
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#12
Right now, Shoaib Malik is plus 243 and Ian Bell is minus 188.  Test cricket can be tough. But at least he's taken a catch - at mid-off!
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#13
Yes great innings from Malik.

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#14
England 56-0 at the close with few alarms.

I spent large parts of last summer complaining about some of the 100mph test cricket that the Ashes delivered.

I had the misfortune to watch a couple of hours of this turgid match today.

This is at the other extreme. A flat pitch, extreme temperatures and batsman scoring for fun.

If we're in for 3 matches like this then roll on Boxing Day!
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#15
Yes but the other wickets will have more in them for the spinners

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#16
Oh, my, in the 27 balls he faced before lunch Ian Bell looked terrible.  Let's hope he comes out after lunch a new man.  Maybe he should pretend he's James Taylor.
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#17
I didn't see that. I saw the first hour or so. He must have improved then. Shame about the dismisals. Cook batted superbly. I didn't see Moeen's dismisal but it looked as if he could have batted all day. Must have been loss of concentration. Crap wicket though that will kill test cricket. Riaz looked pretty good. Pakistan miss Shah big time. I dont think Babar offered any more than Rashid of Moeen, its just that the batsmen didn't get after him so his figures look better.

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#18
Not just my opinion about Ian Bell - the Cricinfo report says he "eventually found his feet, and his footwork, after a horrifically jittery start."
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#19
a hangover from the last series over there maybe. Mind you Ajmal and Rehman offered a far greater threat

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#20
Hmmm ..... Don't really know what to say about the end of this Test? Infact I don't know what to say about this test at all or it's impact on Test cricket?
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