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Pakistan have their work cut out at Lords


Pakistan’s preparation for the first Test against England beginning at Lord’s on Thursday (today) has been rather less than entirely satisfying and part of the reason is the fact that crowded modern itineraries do not allow for an extensive period of settling in, enabling players to acclimatise and those who are not in form to find their touch.

Two of the four matches they had scheduled before the Lord’s Test were one-dayers and it is difficult to understand why these games were not kept for the second part of the tour when the one-day programme starts; there were only two first-class matches, a three day event at Leicester and a four day event at Canterbury with the second degenerating into a war of attrition with each side trying to deny the other any meaningful practice.

Thus England A batted for half of the match and bowled mainly their second and third string bowlers in the Pakistan second innings after Pakistan had done the same during England A’s second innings. But even such time as was available was mostly wasted with Pakistan succumbing to a dismal 242 in reply to England A’s 595, after both Yousuf and Inzamam failed to score.

Faisal Iqbal and Salman Butt were the only batsmen to get some runs and useful time in the middle. Inzamam and Younis are both said to be less than a hundred per cent, although it is hoped that they will play and Sami will hopefully be able to

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