England v Pakistan, day two, first Test, Dubai

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England v Pakistan: Essentials

England: Andrew Strauss, Alastair Cook,
Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Eoin Morgan, Matt Prior (wk),
Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Chris Tremlett.

Pakistan:
Mohammad Hafeez, Taufeeq Umar, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq
(capt), Asad Shafiq, Adnan Akmal (wk), Abdur Rehman, Umar Gul, Saeed
Ajmal, Aizaz Cheema.

Umpires: Billy Bowden (New Zealand) and Bruce Oxenford (Australia)

England won the toss and elected to bat

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17th over: Pakistan 46-0 (Hafeez 26, Umar 18)

Missed the first delivery of the over as my TV froze. What happened Who knows. Maybe there was an Albert Trott-esque heave high and out of the stadium. Probably not as the score hasn't moved on. I have a flighty imagination. There follows a big lbw shout but it pitched a touch outside leg and umpire Bruce Oxenford – quite rightly – shakes his head. Maiden.

16th over: Pakistan 46-0 (Hafeez 26, Umar 18)

Stuart Broad begins the day with an absolute jaffa of a deliver. On a length, just outside off, tempting the drive but the ball moves away and misses the outside edge by *this much*. Oooohs and aaaahs ring out from the slip cordon. Penultimate delivery of the over is a rank wide one which Hafeez dispatches via the vacant point area for four runs.

5.59: The small gaggle of hardy Barmy Army England fans belt out Jerusalem – bless them – cricket is imminent. Super.

5.57: Right, the players are making their way out at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. You won't be surprised to hear that there is – once again – only a small smattering of spectators in the ground this morning. If you fancy catching some of the action I'm pretty sure you can get a ticket.

5.49: Bumble (via Twitter): 'Just done pitch report. It looks a belter for batting . A bit of a chill in the air first up.'

5.45: Two things from the ICC's official Twitter feed this morning: 1) Excluding the forfeited game at The Oval in 2006, England has won only one Test in the last 20 years when making less than 200 in the 1st innings. 2) Pakistan’s openers averaged just 11.62 runs per partnership v England in the Test series in 2010.

5.42: Some thoughts on day one from Bumble. He thinks Saeed Ajmal is like watching Ashley Giles.

5.35: So, is it an illegal delivery or not Sportsmail found some expert analysis. And why not gen up on all the technical jargon behind what is a legal delivery and what isn't here. Go on, impress your mates down the pub. No, really do.

Man of the moment: Ajmal made headlines on and off the field yesterday

Man of the moment: Ajmal made headlines on and off the field yesterday

5.32: Plenty to get through this morning ahead of the start of play. Not least the row over Saeed Ajmal's doosra. Bob Willis has delivered this series' first controversy over the bowling action of the man who took seven wickets yesterday.

5.30am: Wakey, wakey, rise and shine and etc and all that. Morning all and welcome to Sportsmail's coverage on day two of the first Test between England Pakistan

If Andrew Strauss's charges were naive to how big the task remaining atop the world rankings wold be, yesterday's play made for the rudest of awakenings.

It started badly for England and became progressively worse from there. The total of 192 is woefully short of the required standard.

Only Matt Prior fashioned a score of any note, he ended the innings on 70 not out after the top order took leave of their senses in the face of Saeed Ajmal's onslaught. And the Pakistani openers' cameo at the end of the day showed there is plenty of runs to be had in this track.

Today's a new day however and England will look to make inroads lest their first day total is exposed further.

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Wide open spaces: there were few in attendance to watch England struggle on day one

Wide open spaces: there were few in attendance to watch England struggle on day one