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Marc Higginson and James Gheerbrant

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  1. Goodbye

    Right then. A good day's cricket that.

    I'm signing off for now, but be sure to read James Gheerbrant's match report later on. It's over here.

    Until next time, goodbye.

  2. End of day scorecard

    Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow

    England 182-3 (44 overs) - trail by 196

    Batsmen: Root 76*, Bairstow 27*

    Fall of wickets: 5-1 (Moeen 1), 14-2 (Bell 4), 127-3 (Cook 65)

    Bowling figures: Imran 10-4-26-1, Riaz 10-0-51-1, Zulfiqar 10-2-35-0, Yasir 17-2-59-1, Malik 4-1-10-0

    Pakistan 378: Misbah 102, Shafiq 83, Younus 56, Masood 54, Wood 3-39, Moeen 3-108

    Pakistan won toss

    Full scorecard

  3. Email

    Harry, Edinburgh: Buttler's last chance? Big player in the one-day side but with two keepers in the starting team, is he the first to go? Terrific batsman but needs a big score. Whereas Bairstow is coming off a huge county campaign... 92 is a good average in any form!

  4. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    Yasir Shah celebrates

    "Yasir Shah bowled nicely, he didn't bowl long-hops or full tosses, he looks as though he knows where he's bowling, and if it looks as though it's going to turn with us bowling last, we've got problems. Tomorrow is crucial."

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    Rakesh Pradhan: First time I've seen Yasir Shah. He will be dangerous second innings on this pitch.

  6. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's fairly even stevens as I'm not sure what's going to happen tomorrow. I always say 'add two wickets to the score' but Misbah got out straight away this morning and England started well. Shafiq played very well, he was the quality player for Pakistan but he couldn't get them above 378 all out. I always say Moeen Ali's an ordinary bowler, he's not Graeme Swann, but he gets wickets which is great for the lad. A wonderful gift to have. Rashid got a wicket, Wood bowled well, there was nothing wrong with England's bowling."

  7. 'The wicket is still good to bat on'

    Stuart Broad

    England's Stuart Broad, speaking to Sky Sports: "Misbah played really well for his 100 yesterday. He scored 70-odd off as many balls against the spinners but was more circumspect against the fast bowlers. We had a plan to dig a few in and then pitch one up and it worked well for us.

    "The bouncer can set batsmen back in their crease slightly and to some batsman it's a dot ball, if not a wicket-taking delivery. We got our rewards today for our work yesterday. Our analyst said our numbers were world-class at hitting the top of off stump yesterday.

    "Our aim is to go past Pakistan and go above 400 but there's a lot of hard graft to come before then. Our spinners said it was hard to bowl with the old ball between 50 and 80 overs so we need to take advantage of that. I still think the wicket is good to bat on - even better than Abu Dhabi because the ball comes on a little quicker."

  8. Ian Bell's career in three words

    Text 81111

    • James Davies: Flat track bully!
    • Jon in Eastleigh: English cricket legend.
    • Tom, Leeds: Mark Ramprakash doppelganger.
    • Soumen: Talented, Goweresque, victorious.
    • KJ, London: So many chances.
  9. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "England have to aim at getting a lead, it's a 500 pitch if you bat well. England depend too much on the captain and Joe Root, and so it proved. Moeen Ali got out straight away, they've got to know where the [short leg] fielder is. Bell's footwork was poor, he's tentative and his mind isn't there. The face of the bat is open so he's playing with half a bat and giving catching practice. I'm told since he got that hundred in Antigua he averages 19."

  10. Email

    Patrick Sutton in Windsor: I think Bairstow has shown all the signs of being a long-term Test match batsman. He just needs a Test match century, and now is as good a chance as any.

  11. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "We're not a great batting unit as we don't have an opening batsman to go with Cook, Moeen Ali is a round peg in a square hole there, our number three is lucky to be in the team, and Buttler hasn't got runs lately. Root and the captain played splendidly. Top batsmen. Bairstow is playing for his place, he played some nice shots but are they going to go on and get runs tomorrow or will they get out straight away like Misbah did? England will have to bat fourth so if they can't get a lead, they need parity."

  12. Post update

    Ian Bell

    England lost opener Moeen Ali (1) and Ian Bell (4) cheaply, but Alastair Cook (65) and Joe Root (76 not out) steadied the ship and both men appeared on course for a big score until the skipper was caught at leg slip. After a shaky start, Jonny Bairstow then reached 27 not out before bad light brought an early end to the day.

  13. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "This system of having six bowlers in great heat is good as it means you don't have to over-bowl people. The pitch is starting to turn a little, and we even got a bit of a crowd in, it was a few thousand by the end after there was nobody here yesterday."

  14. Post update

    Moeen Ali

    Asad Shafiq (82) and Sarfraz Ahmed (32) put on 52 together before the latter played a horrible shot to Moeen Ali and became the first of three victims for the off-spinner. Mark Wood was the pick of the England bowlers though, taking 3-39 in 19.5 overs as Pakistan were eventually skittled for 378.

  15. Post update

    Stuart Broad appeals

    Let's recap on the day's happenings then. Pakistan began on 282-4 but soon lost skipper Misbah following some superb bowling from Stuart Broad.

    The fast bowler peppered Misbah with some short stuff, then pitched one up and pinned the skipper in front.

  16. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Very good position for England, 196 runs behind but definitely their day. If I was bowling in this game, I'd want to be bowling from now on. It's a turning pitch, and ideally England need to be 150 past Pakistan. 450-500 would be brilliant - if they make it, they've got every chance of winning this game."

  17. Eng 182-3

    England still have lots to do but they've held their own once again today. If they bat properly tomorrow, they may even edge ahead in the game.

  18. Bad light stops play - close of play

    Joe Root and Jonathan Bairstow

    The umpires check the light and decide it's time to call it a day. England march off at a very respectable 182-3.

    Those who thought England would crumble when Cookie went were wrong. Joe Root is holding things together with 76 not out and Jonny Bairstow has chipped in with 27.

  19. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Steve Lilley: How good is Joe Root?! On the other hand, how worrying is his back? This is becoming a regular thing...

  20. Eng 182-3 (Root 76, Bairstow 27)

    Jonny Bairstow, to his credit, looks very comfortable against Zulfiqar - the man whose bowling his fellow Yorkshireman Geoffrey Boycott compared to a carvery earlier. Maiden over easily negotiated.

  21. Eng 182-3 (trail by 196)

    This is turning into an excellent partnership which has kept Pakistan at bay - Joe Root sweeping Yasir Shah for four. Top shot.

  22. Eng 178-3 (50 overs)

    Joe Root plays a shot

    Joe Root does some stretches between deliveries, trying keep his back pain under control. He then scores the two which bring up the 50 partnership with Jonny Bairstow - a fine effort after a long day in the desert.

  23. Ian Bell's career in three words

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    • Anonynonymouse: One good Ashes.
    • Matt Birtwistle: The Bell toils.
    • Simon Langdale: Here we... Oh...
    • Arthur Clarke: The nearly man.
    • Johnny Corbett: Consistent in inconsistency.
  24. Eng 176-3 (Root 70, Bairstow 27)

    Jonny Bairstow continues to punish anything which is pitched up as he clobbers four more through the covers. This has been a real confidence-boosting knock.

  25. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Henry Ashman: How many runs does Root need to overtake Smith as number one Test batsman in the world? I suspect he'll get them at this rate.

    Keenos: Joe Root will become England's second best player of all time. After Ali Cook.

  26. Eng 171-3 (trail by 207)

    Jonny Bairstow

    Jonny Bairstow looks round the field as he tries to find scoring areas against Yasir Shah. He decides to play an orthodox shot into the cover region which brings two. Nice shot.

  27. Ian Bell's career in three words

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    • Mike Soloman: Poor Man's Bopara.
    • Matt Mason: The Inconsistent Legend?
    • Will Goold: Rubbish, Rubbish, Brilliant.
    • Nick Gill: Collingwood in reverse.
    • Andrew James: Good not great.
  28. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's been slightly Pakistan's day. But it can change, as Pakistan didn't get a big total. England need a small lead to offset having to bat last on a wearing pitch. Test matches ebb and flow, it's about whether you're good enough to take control of those moments."

  29. Eng 168-3 (Root 69, Bairstow 20)

    Jonny Bairstow really has taken the sting out of Pakistan and the pressure from himself by whacking both spinners to the boundary. He's fairly comfortable against the left-arm spin of Zulfiqar and gets back in his crease to force two from the final ball of the over.

  30. Text 81111

    Simon W: Drop Buttler, Bell, put in Taylor, use Jonny B as wicketkeeper... What is Buttler still doing in the team?

  31. Eng 166-3 (trail by 212)

    Yasir Shah goes round the wicket to Joe Root, who sticks out the front pad and kicks the ball away. When the batsman does get chance to score, he sweeps a fine edge past the keeper for four. The bowler just puts his hands on his head.

  32. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Bairstow's had two goes at the left-arm spinner and three at the leggie. For me, four of those were four-balls. It's a learning process, you don't see many leg-spinners these days but he should be able to play the slow left-armer."

  33. Email

    Joe Root of England

    Ben in Windsor: Joe Root quickly turning into a 'Get him early or he goes big' player. Looks more and more a truly world-class player with every innings.

  34. Eng 162-3 (Root 65, Bairstow 18)

    Jonathan Bairstow of England

    Jonny Bairstow's two boundaries seem to have settled him down. He's no longer looking frenetic at the crease as he gets forward well to defend nicely into the off side. Maiden for Babar.

  35. Scorecard update

    England 162-3 (44 overs)

    Batsmen: Root 65*, Bairstow 18*

    Fall of wickets: 5-1 (Moeen 1), 14-2 (Bell 4), 127-3 (Cook 65)

    Bowling figures: Imran 10-4-26-1, Riaz 10-0-51-1, Zulfiqar 6-0-29-0, Yasir 14-2-45-1, Malik 4-1-10-0.

    Pakistan first innings 378 (Misbah 102, Shafiq 83, Younus 56, Masood 54, Wood 3-39, Moeen 3-108)

    Pakistan won toss

    Full scorecard

  36. Ian Bell's career in three words

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    • Richard Horner: Dreamy. Cover. Drive.
    • David Drury: Flatters to deceive.
    • Steve Wheeler: Elegant but unpredictable.
    • Ryan Phillips: Stylish, inconsistent, over.
    • Paul Lawlor: Once rather good.
  37. Eng 161-3

    Jonny Bairstow is not going to poke around until the close. He gets down on one knee and paddles four over the infield and to the square leg boundary.

  38. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Karen Lynch: I'm getting worried... I'm finding that I'm agreeing more and more with Geoffrey Boycott!

  39. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "We're going to lose overs again tonight - and the ICC do nothing. Ridiculous. I've been saying for 10 years they should have day-night cricket here, the MCC have been trying it for a few years in Abu Dhabi."

  40. Eng 156-3 (Bairstow 13 off 23)

    Jonathan Bairstow of England

    The shadows are lengthening in the outfield now. I imagine we'll be running out of time soon, which will be a relief for Jonny Bairstow who tries to relieve the pressure by carving Babar over the infield for six. Good shot, and well controlled.

  41. Ian Bell's career in three words

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    • Len: Gritty. Technical. Class.
    • Tom Agass: Much under-appreciated.
    • Charles Finan: Far too long.
    • Matt Holland: Constant Aussie slayer.
    • Simon: Up and down.
  42. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's been much more interesting than it was in Abu Dhabi. Pakistan will feel if they can get a wicket, there's a few people they'll feel they can get out. Stokes won't have seen many leg-spinners, then they're into the tail."

  43. Eng 147-3 (trail by 231)

    It's like we've been transported back to the days of Mushtaq Ahmed when Jonny Bairstow is batting. The Pakistan fielders don't seem to have much faith in the batsman's skill against the leg-spin of Yasir Shah and are jumping around and shrieking with every ball which beats the bat. The Yorkie looks to be on borrowed time here. He's not looking comfortable at all.

  44. Ian Bell's career in three words

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    Ian Bell
    • Jack Williams: Missed when gone.
    • Jon Hare: One more innings!
    • R Suresh Kumar: Good bad & ugly.
    • Harry Waldie: Class is permanent.
    • Dominic Booth: Absolutely no ticker.
  45. Eng 147-3 (Root 63, Bairstow 5)

    Yes, Joe Root. Wahab over-pitches just a fraction and Joe Root unfurls the most delicious of cover drives to the boundary. Then does it again. This boy is special.

  46. Samson: The Movie


    Matt Crawford: How about Brian Blessed to play Andrew Samson?

    James Levy: Surely you'd get Russell Crowe to play Andrew Samson. He's played a maths whizz in A Beautiful Mind...

  47. Eng 139-3 (trail by 239)

    Wahab is round the wicket to Joe Root now, the right-hander showing the full face of the bat once again as he defends into the off side. I bet he's the batting coach's pet. Even brings an apple with him to nets.

  48. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Nick: Cook's wicket means Root can claw back some runs in the race to be England's highest 2015 calendar runs scorer.

    Thomas Measures: Need one of these two to make a big hundred now. Need a good lead, as batting on the 4th/5th day is going to be very tough.

  49. Eng 139-3 (Root 54, Bairstow 5)

    Joe Root plays

    Joe Root is presenting the full face of the bat to Yasir Shah, who is looking to bring first slip into play to the right-hander. Just a single from the over.

  50. Email

    Chris McSweeny: Re: Will Collins [13:20], for the last year (not including this match) Cook 18.8%, Root 18.0%, Bell 7.7% of runs scored by England.

  51. Eng 138-3 (trail by 240)

    Jonny Bairstow is chewing gum as he stares down the barrel of Wahab Riaz's thunderbolts. Is that not dangerous? We were never allowed gum in PE at school. Bairstow is lucky not to be caught at mid-wicket when he clips Wahab into the leg side. The ball bounced just before reaching the fielder.

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    Christopher Deller: Can only apologise and refrain from further comments in future, lesson learnt! Stand by my comment though, another great knock.

  53. Eng 135-3

    Wahab Riaz is brought on post drinks. Expect a very hostile spell.

    Especially after Joe Root walks away halfway through the fast bowler's run.

  54. Ian Bell's career in three words

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    • John Monks: Technique over temperament.
    • Rowland Marsh: Class, fragile, finished.
    • Sam Julius: Brilliant but fragile.
    • Kevin Carter: Duck, Duck, Ton. #repeat.
    • Paul Bridge: The Long Goodbye.
  55. Eng 135-3 (trail by 243)

    I worry for Jonny Bairstow here. He's turned round by a Yasir Shah leg-spinner and he gets a thick outside edge past the waiting slip catcher. There's only so many times you can do that and get away with it.

  56. Post update

    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special

    "It's a bit like watching charades out there, trying to pick up a dark ball through the tinted glass of our commentary box. They can play until 5.50pm [14:50 BST] today, but we left at 6pm [15:00 BST] yesterday and it was dark, so I think we'll lose some overs."

  57. 50 for Joe Root

    Eng 133-3

    Joe Root salutes

    Copy. Paste. Joe Root scores another half-century for England.

    This time it's brought up with a single off the leg-spinner Yasir Shah.

  58. Eng 132-3 (Root 49, Bairstow 4)

    There's only a very small part of the ground bathed in natural light now. The small type of patch which a sunbather would seek out as they desperately try to get the last of the rays at the end of a long, hazy day. You know the type... the ones who are balanced precariously next to the pool because it's a better spot for the sun. Two from the over - a single each for Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow.

  59. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Alastair Cook walks off

    Adam Lee: Christopher Deller [13:28] should be fined for match fixing.

    He's certainly jinxed Cook there.

  60. Eng 130-3 (trail by 248)

    Late swing from Imran Khan and the ball crashes into the pads of Jonny Bairstow. It looks like it's sliding down leg and the umpire agrees. Decent shout though.

  61. Scorecard update

    England 130-3 (36 overs)

    Batsmen: Root 48*, Bairstow 3*

    Fall of wickets: 5-1 (Moeen 1), 14-2 (Bell 4), 127-3 (Cook 65)

    Bowling figures: Imran 9-4-24-1, Riaz 8-0-40-1, Zulfiqar 5-0-20-0, Yasir 10-1-35-1, Malik 4-1-10-0.

    Pakistan first innings 378 (Misbah 102, Shafiq 83, Younus 56, Masood 54, Wood 3-39, Moeen 3-108)

    Pakistan won toss

    Full scorecard

  62. Eng 130-3 (Root 48, Bairstow 3)

    Jonny Bairstow is off the mark with a three. Now would be a superb time to hit the big score which would silence his critics.

  63. Post update

    Phil Tufnell

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    Yasir Shah celebrates

    "Fantastic delivery from Yasir Shah, he's got a bit of bounce, Cook got an edge onto his pad and you can see what that means to Pakistan - it might be that window of opportunity they need tonight. A big breakthrough."

  64. WICKET

    Cook c sub (Shehzad) b Yasir 65 (Eng 127-3)

    Alastair Cook leaves the field

    Mmm... that makes the next hour or so interesting.

    Alastair Cook, who has been so adept at stepping across his stumps and working the leg-spinner into the on-side for a single, flicks a simple catch to the fielder at leg slip.

    And sorry about this Christopher Deller (see tweet below), but you're likely to cop some pelters for those who believe in the mockers.

    It happens to the best of us. Trust me... I've seen off many a set batsman.

  65. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Christopher Deller: What would we do if we listened to those that called for Cook's head? Surely well on the way to being the best opener of all time.

  66. Eng 126-2 (Cook 65 off 114)

    That's good from Imran Khan, who delivers a slower ball which surprises Alastair Cook and almost induces a leading edge. The skipper just puts it out of his mind and carries on doing what he does best. Maiden over.

  67. Email

    Will Collins, Yorkshire: What percentage of England's runs have been scored by Cook and Root over the last few Test series? I imagine it is a worryingly high number.

  68. Eng 126-2 (trail by 252)

    Alistair Cook

    I've just been doing a little digging and of the 14 Test batsmen to score more than 500 runs in 2015, only David Warner (75.63) and Ben Stokes (72.80) have a better strike-rate in the calendar year than Joe Root's 67.35. The slowest on that list? Alastair Cook (44.43).

    Obviously the stats don't tell the full story, since Cook soaked up so many balls in that epic knock in Abu Dhabi last week. Just one from Yasir Shah's latest set of six.

  69. Samson: The Movie

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    Ben Hoare: Leonardo DiCaprio to play Andrew Samson in a movie. Brilliant at what he does but never gets the recognition he deserves!

  70. Post update

    Charles Dagnall

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Andrew Samson is like a scoring Terminator - we just plug him in. The future is now and Andrew Samson is that man. I wonder who would play him in the film? A bearded Robert De Niro? Or stick a beard on Dustin Hoffman - he was good with numbers in Rain Man."

  71. How's stat?!

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    Alastair Cook

    "Pakistan is the sixth country that Alastair Cook has made 1,000 Test runs against. He joins Kallis, Lara, Jayawardene and Ponting on six, while Dravid and Tendulkar both made 1,000 runs against seven countries."

  72. Eng 125-2 (Cook 64, Root 47)

    Frustration for Pakistan when Alastair Cook twice edges Imran Khan through gully for four. Misbah just rubs his brow in disbelief.

  73. The Bell Debate: Three words

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    We've asked you to sum up Ian Bell's career in three words:

    • Stuart Mitchell: Fluent, underachieving, Sherminator.
    • Stephen: Another nice thirty.
    • Four Balls Blog: Flashes of brilliance.
    • Nic Billot: Inconsistency = unfulfilled talent.
    • Andy Gould: Looking good... out.
  74. Eng 116-2 (trail by 262)

    Yasir Shah, backside jutting out and towel tucked into his trousers, tries to tempt Joe Root outside off stump but the right-hander just works a single into the off side. Alastair Cook then tickles another off his pads to bring up the 100 partnership, off 168 balls.

  75. How's stat?!

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "Alastair Cook now has 45 Test fifties to go with his 28 hundreds. This is the third century partnership that Cook and Root have had together."

  76. 50 for Alastair Cook (off 95 balls)

    Eng 112-2

    Alastair Cook salutes

    Another day, another milestone for Alastair Cook who tickles Imran Khan down to fine leg to bring up his 45th Test half-century.

  77. The Bell Debate: Three words

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    We've asked you to sum up Ian Bell's career in three words:

    • Elgan Evan Alderman: Aesthetically pleasing, but...
    • Scott Fowler: Good days gone.
    • Lee Middleton: The Ashes 2013.
    • Joe Martin: Five Ashes Wins.
    • Callum Johnstone: Successful in bursts!
  78. Eng 106-2 (trail by 272)

    Yasir Shah is turning the ball on day two, so I dread to think what he could do on a day five pitch. Alastair Cook gets across to the off stump and flicks the ball into the leg side. That and the sweep shot is his plan against the Pakistan leggie.

  79. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Harry Hopwood: Was marvelling over Cook's batting stats and noticed that he also has one wicket at an average of seven and a strike rate of 18! All rounder?

  80. Eng 105-2 (Cook 46, Root 45)

    Mark Ramprakash

    A little earlier on, I noticed England batting coach Mark Ramprakash flicking through images on his digital camera with some of the players.

    "Oh look, that's a good one of Rooty in the water park. Get that up on Facebook."

    Maiden over, by the way. Good start after tea from Imran Khan.

  81. Post update

    Here come the players for the final session of the day. England captain present, Alastair Cook, marches out alongside England captain future (surely!), Joe Root.

  82. Post update

    Ian Bell

    I feel sorry for Ian Bell. He's clearly a decent cricketer but I agree with those who say he has never achieved his full potential.

    If you had to use three words to describe Ian Bell's career, what would they be?

  83. The Bell Debate

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    Airport Guy: Are the ECB secretly just waiting on Ian Bell to fall on his sword and retire so they don't look like the bad guys here?

    Bertie: Ian Bell is this generation's Graeme Hick. Great talent, but could never quite get the consistency.

    Jack Beecroft: Bell has to go to give a young lad a chance he's had a long career and is taking the opportunity away from others, like Taylor.

  84. Working the angles

    Look at Joe Root's wagon wheel. Is there anywhere on the ground he can't score runs?

    Joe Root
  85. Elsewhere in the world of cricket

    TMS have just been playing an emotional clip of Sir Garfield Sobers bemoaning the decline of his beloved West Indies.

    The wickets are still tumbling as his modern-day successors take on Sri Lanka in Colombo - late on day two, Sri Lanka are 55-2 in their second innings, leading West Indies by 92 after bowling the tourists out for 163 earlier.

    And in Canberra, it's no surprise that New Zealand have beaten the Prime Minister's XI by 102 runs at the start of their tour of Australia. Apart from Ryan Carters (74) and Adam Voges (55), none of the Aussies auditioning for a Test place passed 17.

  86. Post update

    Thanks James. Good session that, wasn't it?

    We had wickets, runs, excellent fast bowling from Wahab... and carvery chat.

    I've got to admit, I love the idea of a help yourself carvery as Geoffrey Boycott suggested.

    "Are you OK, sir?" "Yes, thanks. I'm just waiting for another turkey to be put out. The bloke in front of me took the entire bird back to his table with him."

    I say that in jest, but I did see a lady do that with a pizza once in America. Scandalous.

  87. Post update

    It's time for me to bid you adieu - I'm off for lunch at the carvery. Marc Higginson will take you through the rest of the day's proceedings...

  88. Text 81111

    Calum, Newcastle: Surely James Taylor has to come into consideration for the next Test at three. Scored runs there internationally in ODIs. England's selection policy is a shambles at the moment.

    Tim in Marlow: I hate to question Sir Geoffrey but his comment on Moeen Ali is a load of rhubarb. How can he moan about Adam Lyth only being given seven Tests, then in the next sentence condemn Moeen as an opener after just three innings?

  89. Tea interval

    Fred Trueman

    Time for tea - and if you've been listening to TMS's reminiscences about Fred Trueman's appearance on Dad's Army, here it is.

  90. Tea-time report

    So, this Test really is in the melting pot as we reach tea on the second day.

    After losing Moeen Ali - caught at short leg - and Ian Bell - caught behind - England have steadied themselves well.

    Joe Root is his usual busy self, with his captain Alastair Cook happy to sit in the right-hander's slipstream.

    If England can get through to the close without losing more than one more wicket, they will feel they can post a first-innings lead.

  91. Email

    Richard, Berkshire: Very interesting stat from Andrew at 11:27. If Cook has 9,600 Test runs and has only just reached 9,030 as an opener, where (or rather when) have the other 500 odd runs come from?

    In 2006, he batted the whole summer at number three, with Trescothick and Strauss opening. In seven Tests at three, Cook averages 52.54.

  92. Tea scorecard

    England 105-2 (28 overs)

    Batsmen: Cook 46*, Root 45*

    Fall of wickets: 5-1 (Moeen 1), 14-2 (Bell 4)

    Bowling figures: Imran 5-2-9-1, Riaz 8-0-40-1, Zulfiqar 5-0-20-0, Yasir 6-1-25-0, Malik 4-1-10-0.

    Pakistan first innings 378 (Misbah 102, Shafiq 83, Younus 56, Masood 54, Wood 3-39, Moeen 3-108)

    Pakistan won toss

    Full scorecard

  93. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's been a good session for England. Ian Bell continues his lean run but Moeen Ali was unfortunate. Alastair Cook has carried on his good form and Joe Root always looks the part now. He looks like a grown-up in the middle. A real man. He's become world-class."

  94. Tea interval

    Eng 105-2

    Root clips a single off Wahab, and that will be tea. A pretty even session, with England rebuilding very nicely after the loss of two early wickets.

  95. The Carvery Debate

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    A roast dinner

    David, Windsor: Boycs at carvery: "No, no lad! You don't carve like that, too much bottom hand. My mum could do better with a stick of rhubarb!"

    Geoff H: Surely if you're The Cook you can help yourself at The Carvery - not sure about The Root though.

    Josh, Thaxted: Perfect metaphor as at the carveries I have been to, you help yourself to the accompaniments. Perfectly adequate food but the real test is the select meat you get. (Like runs against first-class bowlers).

  96. Eng 104-2 (trail by 274)

    Malik hurries through an over, Cook not biting. Maiden. Time for one more before tea, I reckon.

  97. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Alastair Cook and Joe Root run

    Kev Lennon: I'd go for Cook, Root, a keeper then eight frontline bowlers. More attacking & we only have two decent batsmen anyway.

    Mark O'Neill: About England's long batting order. Not sure I trust anyone below Root in the order against a quality spinner. Important stand!

  98. Eng 104-2 (Cook 46, Root 44)

    Wahab is taking the pitch out of the equation - he's alternating between the short ball dug in halfway down and the toe-crushing yorker. A delivery of the former variety lacks the requisite venom and Cook swivels on it and puts it away behind square. Class.

  99. Post update

    Yes, indeed Cook is safe, a clear inside edge before the ball struck him on the pads. The ball ran away past the wicket-keeper for four, incidentally.

  100. Umpire review

    Now then, now then! Wahab Riaz has got a yorker to duck back in and hit Alastair Cook on the pad. The umpires signals runs, so did he hit it before it hit his pad? Pakistan want a second look...

  101. Email

    Nigel, Leeds: A top six of Cook, Compton, Taylor, Hildreth, Root, Bairstow looks a more solid top order to me. A good starting point at any rate.

    Sam, Manchester: I think Ian Bell will retire if he doesn't get any substantial runs in this series. If he can't get any runs here then I wouldn't fancy his chances in South Africa vs Steyn & co. For the SA Tests I'd take out Bell & Rashid and put in Hales (opening) & Taylor/Vince.

  102. Eng 95-2

    Joe Root

    Root just shifting nicely through the gears here - Malik tosses one up and the youngster gets down one knee and smashes him through the covers for four.

  103. The Bell Debate

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    Adam: The people who support Ian Bell seem to be the type of people who can't understand why Gary Lineker isn't still getting picked up front for England.

    Simon, Belfast: All those saying Bell being a rubbish batter should mean he should be dropped are forgetting that the whole KP saga showed us that being good at batting isn't that important when it comes to being selected and what matters most is helping team morale. Presumably Bell is great for the dressing room and that justifies his selection regardless of how rubbish his batting is.

  104. Eng 89-2 (trail by 289)

    Wahab is back. Root drives wide of mid-off for a single. About ten minutes left until tea - can this England pair survive through to the interval?

  105. Eng 88-2 (Cook 36, Root 38)

    Shoaib Malik rattles through another over. Root adds a single to the total.

  106. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    Yasir Shah

    "Yasir Shah will be brilliant against the tail - he spins it a lot and pushes it through quite fast. It wouldn't give a tailender time to adjust and they certainly wouldn't pick his googly. I'd wager a lot of his wickets are taken lower down the order."

    Of Yasir's 61 Test wickets, 40 have been players batting in the top seven

  107. Eng 87-2 (Yasir 6-1-25-0)

    Oh, hello there! Cook gets a big stride in and heaves Yasir out towards the leg-side boundary for a one-bounce four. England, whisper it quietly, have played the leggie well so far.

  108. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Jeff Hitchings: Cook and Root are for England what Younus and Misbah are for Pakistan. Any big score will be built around one or both of them.

  109. Eng 82-2 (trail by 296)

    Joe Root

    Colleagues now comparing notes on their favourite local carveries. Easily distracted. Shoaib Malik enters the attack, and is milked for a few singles by Cook and Root.

  110. Scorecard update

    England 79-2 (20 overs)

    Batsmen: Cook 31*, Root 34*

    Fall of wickets: 5-1 (Moeen 1), 14-2 (Bell 4)

    Bowling figures: Imran 5-2-9-1, Riaz 5-0-29-1, Zulfiqar 5-0-20-0, Yasir 5-1-20-0.

    Pakistan first innings 378 (Misbah 102, Shafiq 83, Younus 56, Masood 54, Wood 3-39, Moeen 3-108)

    Pakistan won toss

    Full scorecard

  111. Eng 79-2 (Cook 34, Root 31)

    Joe Root

    Some debate on the sport desk as to the accuracy of that metaphor from Boycott. Are you allowed to help yourself at the carvery? Is that not poor form? You can't just go and carve yourself a few slices of beef, can you? Pretty sure that would attract a few stern looks from the staff. Still, I suppose if anyone can get away with it Geoffrey can. Cook chops Yasir for a couple in front of square.

  112. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Evan Samuel: Like the England attitude right now, looking to score rather than just defend.

  113. Eng 77-2

    Goodness gracious, Alastair Cook has had a huge slice of luck here. He gets himself into a dreadful tangle trying to sweep Zulfiqar and the ball trickles back onto the stumps, but does not dislodge the bails. How lucky is that? Zulfiqar can't believe it. Cook, undaunted, sweeps again, and this time he connects for a single.

  114. Eng 74-2 (trail by 304)

    More yelps from Yasir as he gets Root shuffling back to one and almost sneaks it past the bat. He has a wonderfully expressive face - he seems to go through more different emotions than a Brazilian soap opera character in the course of one slow-motion replay of a thwarted appeal. He's still not quite finding a consistent line though, and that allows Joe Root to pocket a couple of boundaries.

  115. Azhar back for Pakistan

    Some good news for Pakistan fans, courtesy of Cricinfo's Umar Kalson.

  116. Eng 64-2 (Cook 26, Root 24)

    Now now Steve, that sort of subversive comedy is our job. Root brings up the 50 partnership for this pair with a push into the covers. It's been a good rebuilding job by these two - now can they kick on and get planning permission for the extension?

  117. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Steve Lilley: It's funny, Pakistan didn't get through their overs anywhere near this quickly the last time they bowled...

  118. Eng 63-2

    Yasir Shah appeals

    Ooh, Yasir Shah is getting it to rip here. Loud yells of excitement as he gets one to spin back sharply into Joe Root's pads, but that pitched well outside leg.

  119. The Bell Debate

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    Tim Stirke: Those asking for Bell to be dropped are probably the same people asking for Cook to be dropped not so long ago, look at him now.

    Ian Harrison: People are forgetting that it's not just Bell's batting that is letting the team down. He's also dropping expensive catches. It shouldn't even be a case of Bell being dropped. He should have enough self-awareness to retire from Test cricket.

    Liam Quinn: Ian Bell has won FIVE Ashes series. Give it a rest. He's one of the best players to ever pull on an England shirt.

  120. Eng 58-2 (trail by 320)

    Zulfiqar, however, has gone for the slightly iconoclastic single sweatband on the left wrist. A man unafraid to defy convention. Cook defies convention with a bold stroke, stepping out of his crease and slogging Zulfiqar with the spin over cow corner.

  121. The Bell Debate

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I would leave him out. You can't always live in the past. When you're a new player, they don't always know if you can do it. Look at young Lyth from Yorkshire, they gave him five Tests*. You have to find a settled batting unit. Ian Bell has had 20 innings where he averages 19. England need to find a better opening batsman than Moeen Ali too, they need their top six to be settled."

    *in fact, Lyth played seven Tests

  122. Eng 53-2 (Cook 21, Root 18)

    Yasir Shah delivers

    Has there been some sort of style memo sent round the Pakistan bowlers prior to play? Yasir, Imran Khan and Wahab have all gone for the double sweatband look, one on each arm. Maiden from Yasir to start us off after drinks.

  123. Remembering WG

  124. Drinks break

    Eng 53-2

    Zulfiqar drops short and Root rocks onto his back foot and larrups him through mid-on. Time for drinks, with this partnership just beginning to get established.

  125. How's stat?!

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    Alastair Cook

    "Alastair Cook has now overtaken Graeme Smith (9,030) in the list of most Test runs scored as an opener. Only Sunil Gavaskar (9,607) is now above him."

  126. Eng 47-2 (trail by 331)

    Here we go then - Yasir Shah, a man who has had perhaps more column inches lavished on him than anyone else before this series, is about to have his first bowl. Ooh, and immediately he almost traps Alastair Cook. Sharp spin, Cook misses it playing across his pads, the ball just doing too much.

  127. Scorecard update

    England 44-2 (11 overs)

    Batsmen: Cook 20*, Root 10*

    Fall of wickets: 5-1 (Moeen 1), 14-2 (Bell 4)

    Bowling figures: Imran 5-2-9-1, Riaz 5-0-29-1, Zulfiqar 1-0-5-0.

    Pakistan first innings 378 (Misbah 102, Shafiq 83, Younus 56, Masood 54, Wood 3-39, Moeen 3-108)

    Pakistan won toss

    Full scorecard