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Azhar prepared for crucial morning

Azhar prepared for crucial morning

Azhar Ali looked forward to a "critical" third day after Pakistan dented England's hopes of claiming a substantial lead in Abu Dhabi. "We are wishing that in the first session we do well," he explained.

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England pegged back by Ajmal late show

England pegged back by Ajmal late show

Callum Dent

Saeed Ajmal's three late wickets threatened to overshadow the batting exploits of Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott as England closed day two on 207 for five against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi.

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Panesar revels in England recall

Panesar revels in England recall

It has been a long road from the valleys to the desert, but Monty Panesar kept the faith and has now claimed just reward with his 40th Test cap.

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Batsmen let us down - Mohsin

Batsmen let us down - Mohsin

Chris Devine

Pakistan coach Mohsin Khan admitted his team struggled to live up to his expectations on day one in Abu Dhabi. "We were hoping to get to around 300, with just three or four down," he revealed.

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Brilliant Broad gives England the edge

Brilliant Broad gives England the edge

Callum Dent

Stuart Broad led the way for England with three wickets as Pakistan ended day one of the second Test on 256 for seven. Captain Misbah-ul-Haq offered the greatest resistance with 83 not out.

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Tour over for Tremlett

Tour over for Tremlett

Chris Tremlett has been ruled out of the remainder of the Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates with a recurrence of a back injury.

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England wait on Tremlett fitness

England wait on Tremlett fitness

Chris Tremlett is doubtful for the second Test against Pakistan due to soreness and stiffness in his back and side. "It's a little bit up in the air at the moment," admitted skipper Andrew Strauss.

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Strauss eager to set example

Strauss eager to set example

Andrew Strauss knows the best captains lead from the front, and is determined to do just that for England in the second Test against Pakistan.

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Cook wants batting independence

Cook wants batting independence

Alastair Cook knows England have the ability to take advantage of a batting haven at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium - but they will take nothing for granted after their 10-wicket defeat in Dubai.

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Talha to miss remaining Tests

Talha to miss remaining Tests

Pakistan seamer Mohammad Talha will play no part in the Test series against England in the United Arab Emirates. After being overlooked in Dubai, he has now picked up a back injury.

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