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Summary

  1. Eng end day four on 130-3 (target 491)
  2. Last wkt: Bell (46) - Eng 121-3
  3. Pakistan 2nd innings: 354-6 declared
  4. Younus 118, Misbah 87, Shafiq 79

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By Marc Higginson and Justin Goulding

All times stated are UK

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Farewell

Right then... it's time for me to get outta here.

We'll be back tomorrow morning from 05:40 BST. Until then, enjoy the football, Formula 1 and read

Justin Goulding's cricket report.

See you tomorrow.

The Bell Debate

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Ian Probert: Bell is quality undergoing a crisis of confidence. Let him work through it and he will once again be a valuable asset.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"Cook has a bad back, I'm told, through his efforts in Abu Dhabi and here he's been on the field a lot, and he just seized up a little bit. Then we had the best batting from Ian Bell we've seen in some time - he made 46, got a ball which turned out of the rough, tried to let it go but couldn't get his hands out of the way."

Has he saved his place?

"I'm not so sure. He may get one game, he might just save his place but I'm not sure it's the right way to go."

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Jay: England should hold regular domestic matches between the pretenders (current players) & challengers & select based on that. Easy.

Francis Edwards: I'd be much more concerned over Bairstow, Buttler and the fact we only have one opener, Hales is a slogger, don't need that.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"If Root goes quickly tomorrow, it's game over. I'd be trying to frustrate the bowlers, make sure you're there at lunch, then tea."

Can Bairstow do that?

"He's normally an attacking player. It will help him if Joe's still there, as Stokes and Buttler are out of form. But I shouldn't wake up tomorrow with too much hope."

From the press box

Joe Root is two short of 3000 runs. If he gets there tomorrow he will be the second youngest Englishmen to this milestone. #PakvEng

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"If Pakistan had slogged and got out, they wouldn't have got their target as their tail isn't great, they were worried they'd fall well short. Our bowlers weren't bad, but the seamers couldn't make it seam or swing, so if England can get their act together and bat properly, there's no terrors in the pitch. Moeen Ali showed he's a square peg in a round hole and nicked it to slip. He either goes over-defensive or his natural way playing shots, which won't work against good new-ball bowlers. At number eight he's very dangerous playing flashing drives to the old ball. He gets a few wickets and he's a nice little cricketer, but he gave his wicket away."

'There are no demons in the pitch'

Paul Farbrace
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England assistant coach Paul Farbrace, speaking to Sky Sports: "We talked about resilience this morning. We know we didn't show enough character yesterday and it's a key thing for us moving forward.

"Speaking to Belly when he came off, he thinks if you're watchful and play down the right line there are not too many demons in the pitch. It's important for all the batsmen to have a plan - like when Wahab comes round the wicket and tails it away, that's tough. But just play down the line of the stumps.

"The way Belly played was very good, he needed a score and he wants to contribute big runs to the team. He was a little unlucky to get out the way he did but I thought he batted well.

"Alastair is OK. He's not the best mover, I don't think there's any problems - he's got a bad back like a lot of opening batsmen get if they bat for long periods."

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Adam Ferjani: Personally I like the look of Jason Roy. Reminds me of a right-handed Tresco. No foot movement so to speak but does not miss all too often. The one-dayers could be his platform to get in as opener over and above Hales. Taylor for me has to come into the Test team.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"Pakistan made one mistake this morning - Misbah tried to slog Jimmy Anderson and hit it kneecap-high to mid-off. After that, it was like stealing candy from children. Probably the best batsman was Shafiq, who looks well organised, a cocky, confident batsman and they took runs quite easily."

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Carrie Dalby: I have listened to TMS for 60 years. Bill Frindle was brilliant, but Andrew Samson has surpassed him. Since he joined the team, I have found cricket even more fascinating.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

Do England have any hope?

"Small - very tiny - as you've got Bairstow and Root, then you're down to people who failed - Ben Stokes, a keeper out of nick and a tail who won't be able to read the leg-spinner. If Adil Rashid plays a shot like he did in the first innings, it'll be over pretty quickly. There's no swing and seam, just nice slow turn."

Right then... it's time to see what Geoffrey thinks about it all.

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Elliot GC: We backed Cook when he went through a barren spell and he came back with a bang. Why not support Bell too?

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Daniel Dyer: Give Bell a bit longer. Taylor has to come in, a good player of spin. Root to tidy up the opening spot. Team for final Test: Cook, Root, Bell, Taylor, Moeen, Bairstow, Stokes, Rashid, Broad, Wood, Anderson.

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

Ian Bell
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"The big talking point is Ian Bell - he batted much better today, but his place is still in jeopardy. You've got to start looking back at the last 15-20 Test matches... is he still one of England's best six batsmen in this party? If he is, keep playing him."

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Samuel Harvey-O'Connell: I feel Moeen Ali's position should also be in question. Neither specialist batsman or bowler, he seems to have survived on being able to do a bit of both. I think Rashid deserves a run in the side. Full-time spinner with the potential to bat. With confidence he could establish himself as a proper number seven or eight and solve our current spin issue. All these part-time spinners are not the answer. Moeen, Bell, Buttler to go please. Taylor and Rashid in. I'm unsure as to the opening batsman issue but I would like to see how James Vince fares.

View from the press box

Root on 59no is the key for England on day five. His eventful final session included spat with Wahab and twice taking treatment on his back

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"Moeen's proved what we all knew - he's not an opening batsman. They thought it was the only way they could play spinners, but they could drop Buttler, give Bairstow the gloves, put Moeen back in the middle order and open with Alex Hales. And get James Taylor in at three, a good Notts lad."

Recap

Jonny Bairstow bats for England
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When Pakistan finally declared after lunch, England lost Moeen Ali and Alastair Cook with just 19 on the board. Perhaps more worryingly, skipper Cook was clearly hindered by injury and looks like he could be a doubt for the final Test.

Pakistan's hopes of winning on the fourth day were quickly snuffed out by Joe Root and Ian Bell, who were almost chance-less until the latter was caught behind off Zulfiqar.

Root (59) and a nervy Jonny Bairstow (6) saw England through to the close.

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Kendall: I want to see every time-wasting trick in the book from England after the last day of the previous Test.

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"The fact that they've only lost three wickets is kudos to England. Very poor misjudgement from Pakistan to bat on after lunch, they were very laissez-faire. But England won't be thinking about scoring 361 more, unless they get within 50 with five or more wickets left."

Close of play scorecard

England 130-3 (54 overs) - victory target 491

Batsmen: Root 59*, Bairstow 6*

Fall of wickets: 9-1 (Moeen 1), 19-2 (Cook 10), 121-3 (Bell 46)

Bowling figures: Imran 6-2-16-1, Riaz 8-1-15-0, Yasir 16-5-37-1, Malik 6-0-32-0, Zulfiqar 18-7-24-1.

Pakistan 378 (Misbah 102, Shafiq 83) & 354-6 dec (Younus 118, Misbah 87, Shafiq 79, Hafeez 51)

England first innings 242 (Root 88, Cook 65, Riaz 4-66, Yasir 4-93)

Pakistan won toss

Full scorecard

Recap

So, let's recap on the day.

It started with Pakistan batting, and the hosts increased their lead slowly but surely to set England an improbable world-record chase of 491. Younus Khan top-scored with 118 while Asad Shafiq played well for his 79. James Anderson was the pick of the England bowlers with 2-22 off 15 overs.

Eng 130-3

As the players troop off, England coach Trevor Bayliss inhales sharply up on the players' balcony. It could have been a lot worse but for Joe Root's superb 59 from 134 balls.

Close of play

Eng 130-3

Phew... it's been a nerve-wracking final half hour, but England reach the close without further loss. Jonny Bairstow plays out a maiden. Never in doubt.

The Bell Debate

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Rick, London: Ridiculous to think someone with one or two failed Test match innings and no recent cricket would do better than a player with 7500 Test runs and four Ashes victories. Well played today Belly!

Eng 130-3 (target 491)

As the floodlights begin to take over from natural light, the sweat glistens on Joe Root's face - which, by the way, is a study in concentration. He might be a cheeky chappy, but he knows when to knuckle down. Maiden over, and England have just one more set of six to survive.

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"Bowling at Northampton was a help and a hindrance as I knew how to bowl on turning pitches, but didn't know how to bowl on flat ones. I improved as a bowler after moving to Notts."

Eng 130-3 (Root 59, Bairstow 6)

Yasir Shah rips one out of the rough and Jonny Bairstow is nowhere near it. He looks like a rabbit in the headlights. I want him to succeed... but does he have the game to?

The Bell Debate

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JoElle: So do England stick with Bell, or pick another player who's prepared to be the whipping boy for the vocal minority of whingers?

Alastair McCloskey: Bell averaging 39 in the series so far - not amazing, but seems odd to drop now rather than earlier in the summer.

Eng 130-3 (target 491)

Maiden over from Zulfiqar. England still in there fighting as we debate the top line in our match report.

Is it that England are facing defeat? Or is there still hope?

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"I would only go over the wicket to left-handers as a final act of desperation, and even then, pitch the ball on leg stump and try to get them lbw or caught at slip. I wouldn't bowl outside leg stump, even into rough.

"If I go round the wicket to left-handers, I try to pitch it on middle and leg and get them lbw, bowled or caught. That's why I enjoyed bowling to left-handers more than right-handers."

Eng 130-3 (Root 59, Bairstow 6)

Jonny Bairstow, despite being relentlessly chirped by the close fielders, survives. Four overs left in the day if the light holds.

The Bell Debate

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Lewis James: I think that's time up for Bell. Excellent servant for English cricket, but we have introduce James Taylor into this team.

Arbab Bhatti: Why did Bell not walk?! Wasn't even close he knew it hit his glove!

Joe Parkes: ...and cue the Bell Whingers...

Eng 130-3 (target 491)

A number four should never have to protect a number five batsmen, but you sense Joe Root taking a single and exposing Jonny Bairstow to Yasir Shah for five deliveries might not be the wisest thing to do...

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Steve Clark: Getting a 40 or 50 every five innings isn't enough. Time to say thanks and goodbye to Bell.

Seb Waddington: If Bell's going to pad that away his hands have to be higher! Shouldn't get out like that.

David: Stop the Ian Bell abuse, such a great player.

Eng 129-3 (Root 58 off 121)

Oh my days! Jonny Bairstow is playing extravagant leaves to Zulfiqar who is getting straighter and straighter in his line before he's almost cleaning out the off stump. Who's the nightwatchman? Get padded up.

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Ben Bartlett: Would love to see Scott Borthwick get a chance as number three. Has become a classy and consistent batsmen for Durham with over 1,200 runs again last year, and along with Root can offer some overs of spin to back up Ali in SA.

Team for South Africa: Cook, Hales, Borthwick, Root, Taylor, Stokes, Bairstow, Ali, Broad, Wood, Anderson.