LIVE: England v Pakistan – the action on day two of the second Test in Abu Dhabi
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England v Pakistan – the essentials
Andrew Strauss, Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian
Bell, Eoin Morgan, Matt Prior, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Jimmy
Anderson, Monty Panesar.
Mohammad Hafeez, Taufeeq Umar, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq,
Asad Shafiq, Adnan Akmal, Abdur Rehman, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid
Umpires: Bruce Oxenford and Steve Davis
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5.37: The biggest surprise of the day came before play had even started. England's injury problems and uncertainty over which bowling configuration to select meant Monty Panesar didn't find out he was playing until 20 minutes before the start of play. But Andrew Strauss' decision to go 'two and two' has paid dividends. Certainly Nasser Hussain was impressed.
5.30: One of the most pleasing sights at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium yesterday was the presence of spectators. Hell, there was even a modicum of atmosphere in this desert-bound arena. More on that and other musings in Bumble's Test diary.
5.23: No doubt England should be proud of their efforts so far, but Martin Samuel has two words of caution: Saeed Ajmal.
All smiles: England enjoyed a productive day in the field, but will they be able to match it with the bat
5.15am: Morning one, morning all and welcome along to Sportsmail's coverage of England v Pakistan, day two of the second Test.
Day one was hugely positive for England who took seven wickets and restricted the hosts to 256 runs.
Not bad considering this featherbed track was meant to produce a run-festival and certain draw. Now we look dead set for a result – one way or another.
Graeme Swann and Stuart Broad took three wickets a-piece, with the spinner's third coming in the extra overs squeezed in at the end if the day due to England's lightning quick over rate.
So, to wrap up the tail and set about proving this team – the World's No 1, no less – can bat confidently on the subcontinent, right
Firstly, Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq was in obdurate fashion while scoring a leisurely 83 on day one and there's the Saeed Ajmal factor to consider, too.
This game remains at a crossroads, England must grasp the nettle early if they are to reap the rewards of all their hard work on day one.
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Late gains: England bagged a late wicket to swing the game their way on day one in Abu Dhabi