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Summary

  1. Cook 49*, Root 23*; Hales 24
  2. England do not enforce follow-on
  3. Pak 198: Misbah 52; Woakes 4-67
  4. Four interruptions for rain
  5. Second Test, Old Trafford; Pak 1-0 up

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By Marc Higginson and Bibhash Dash

All times stated are UK

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Goodnight

So, Pakistan believe. But surely England will wrap up victory tomorrow or on the fifth day?

It should be good. See you then, bright and early.

And Boom Boom is backing the boys in green...

Pak must fight in 2nd inns. We must back team they need our support in tough situations. Inshallah we will comeback strong. #ENGvPAK

Shoaib's still tweeting...

Pak batsman now need to save the day by batting courageously and make most out of this opportunity.. Looks hard but it doable ..

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Who is at the test tomorrow? Make sure you come to see me @Danni_Wyatt @EmmaLamb236 @AmySatterthwait @JenLaycock & @ThunderKSL! #sayhello 👋🏽

Not long before I sign off now, but don't let me leave you without a parting gift.

There's the Stumped podcast talking about depression in cricket...

A wonderful clip of Henry Blofeld commentating on Joe Root's 200 earlier in this game...

Jonathan Agnew has been speaking to his hero Peter Lever...

While Simon Hughes, the cricket analyst, joined Aggers to talk cricket bat sizes at lunch

Shoaib's not for holding back on social media tonight...

England team is 1nil down in the series and what England does is to bat again knowing it might rain or Pak batsman could bat for 2 session

I'm sure Cook knows what he's doing , I think his captaincy record is better than most ex England captains @SkyCricket ! Even mine 😳

The selfish part of me wants to see an hour of Joe Root tomorrow. He's more watchable than your favourite boxset.

Last month against Sri Lanka at Lord's, Alastair Cook declared the innings while on 49 not out Will he do this again tomorrow? #EngvPak

I love the fact Shoaib's Twitter handle has got 100mph in it. He was frighteningly quick.

Shocking decision by Alastair cook not to EnForce the follow on ..while his bowlers were relatively fresh...

More from England assistant coach Paul Farbrace, speaking to Sky Sports: "We're in the driving seat of this game, have played some excellent cricket over the three days and we think by keeping them under pressure we will dominate. There's no point risking putting ourselves under pressure later in the game.

"With the wickets in hand we have got, we can push on in the morning. There's still 200 overs to be bowled in the match so there's plenty of time."

When asked if England's decision to bat on was to protect returning duo James Anderson and Ben Stokes: "No, they're both fully fit. It's great to have them back in the team."

England assistant coach Paul Farbrace, speaking to Sky Sports: "It was a pretty simple decision to bat again. We thought we'd bat while the wicket was still good, rather than put ourselves under pressure when it gets worse.

"It could have gone either way, but I think it's the right decision and hopefully we'll be proven right."

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Steve Gosling: There isn't a drop of rain forecast for the next two days. What's everyone panicking for?

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

This pitch has played so well but the seamers on either side haven't made the ball move much - there's been no lateral movement.

It was no surprise when Alex Hales was caught behind for 24 off 54 balls. He copped a good delivery, but never looked completely comfortable at the crease.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

If England had enforced the follow-on, it would been perfect because they've been on and off and the bowlers would have had a rest.

Having said that, England got themselves in a splendid position with some good bowling and some poor Pakistan batting. Pakistan almost couldn't resist giving their wickets away. You would have thought this morning they would think about it and say 'let's show some fight'.

Once England decided to have another bat, they were frustrated by constant weather interruptions.

Skipper Alastair Cook, though, looked in good touch as he scored at a run-a-ball. His opening partner, Alex Hales, was a little more circumspect.

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Rory Stoves: With the amount of whining on Twitter you'd think England were getting well beaten, rather than thrashing Pakistan.

Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

The game has stalled a bit while England go through the positive motions of this third innings. I guess England will be bowling by lunchtime tomorrow.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

I can't say if it's right or wrong but the best cricket decision was to put them in again. Pakistan must have been down.

Moeen Ali removed Misbah and Wahab to leave Pakistan 198 all out.

Everyone expected England to enforce the follow-on. But they didn't - they came out to bat again. And the airwaves and social media went into meltdown!

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James Hindle: They could play until 7.30pm? But they didn't? And only bowled 61 overs in the day? Anyone explain?

Pakistan captain Misbah and tailender Wahab Riaz frustrated England with a stand of 60 runs which became increasingly enterprising the longer it lasted.

However, it was Ben Stokes (2-39) and Chris Woakes (4-67) who stole the show with some aggressive and incisive fast bowling.

Time to reflect on what has been a good day's cricket, when it wasn't raining. Pakistan started the day on 57-4 in their first innings and it didn't take long for James Anderson and Stuart Broad to strike.

Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

Root levered that through mid-wicket in a manner that isn't necessarily in the coaching manual.

Henry Blofeld

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Root could walk on water in cricketing terms at the moment.

Close of play

Eng 98-1 (Lead by 489)

Joe Root is looking around the field in the manner of a one-day specialist. Neil Fairbrother springs to mind as Root toys with the field like a cat pawing its prey. With his skipper sitting on 49 not out and with two balls to go until the close, he sweeps four.

You'll have to wait for the half-century, Cookie.

That, ladies and gentlemen, is the close.

Last over of the day coming up...

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Mark: If you're James Vince do you want to bat again in this Test needing to score quickly?

Eng 87-1

Cook 47, Root 14

Long shadows envelop the square as pigeons hover overhead, desperate to start pecking at the newly-laid grass seed on some of the other pitches being prepared for future matches. Joe Root continues to be proactive as he slams Mohammad Amir to mid-on where the fielder lets the ball through for two.

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Eng 83-1

Lead by 474

Joe Root is a delight to watch whatever the situation. Yasir Shah sends down a fizzing leg-break, and England's boy wonder gets down low and, risk-free, belts it for four through the leg side. Against the spin.

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Chris Mitchell: So Cook's negativity has possibly cost Alex Hales his Test career. Poor frankly!

Eng 78-1

Cook 45, Root 7

It's like the middle overs of a one-day international here. The field is spread and the batsmen are looking to score from every delivery without taking any undue risks. Alastair Cook and Joe Root are light on their feet and pushing the ball into gaps. Cookie would be a good ODI player you know...

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Mark Thorn: I'm very sorry to say Hales isn't a Test match opener. I'd have a look at Nick Browne or Daniel Bell-Drummond.

Eng 74-1

Lead by 465

Joe Root always looks in good form, doesn't he? Straight away, he's judging the length of Yasir Shah perfectly and standing on his tiptoes to whip a gentle single into the on-side. Classy.

Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

It's not an ideal time to come out to bat - but there's no alternative. England can't start hiding players and playing for the morning.

Eng 72-1

Joe Root begins with a streaky four through the slip and gully region. They all count.