LIVE: England v Pakistan – The action on day one of the first Test as it happens in 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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1st over: England 2-0 (Strauss 1, Cook 1)
Oh, Billy the Trumpet, how I've missed you! The Barmy Army's trumpeter belts out a Jerusalem ahead of the first ball, joined by a chorus of a couple of hundred England fans. Umar Gul takes the first over, there's plenty of carry in the first delivery which is encouraging, Strauss paddles one just back of square – Cook clips one onto the leg side and thusly the England openers move off the mark .
5.59: So, can England retain their spot as the world's No 1 Test side We'll know a hell of a lot more about this side in the coming weeks. Players are on their way out, a hardy bunch of the Barmy Army belt out Jerusalem… it's about time for the action.
5.53: No spectators at the moment. As in not a soul.
5.45: Whisper it quietly, but a Pakistan victory could actually be good for the game. The thoughts of Sportsmail's Lawrence Booth. Have a read here.
Sportsmail's Paul Newman in Dubai writes: Very bizarre feel to the start of this Test. No-one here. We are in the middle of the desert surrounded by uncompleted buildings and everything seems quiet. But do not under-estimate the intensity out on the pitch. This series matters.
England won the toss and will bat but it was by no means a foregone conclusion as it moves around early here in the morning dew. I think Misbah was planning to bowl anyway. Chris Tremlett, as expected, returns in a four-man attack. No Monty Panesar which is understandable at the start of a series. England will keep him up their sleeves for now.
5.38: Right, so England will bat first, but this will be a series unlike any other. The obvious reason for this is the location, which remains a mystery to the locals, as well as those who have travelled half way across the world for this series. And here are a few thoughts from Sportsmail's Paul Newman.
Future plans: Strauss (left) Flower (right) and selector James Whitaker
(centre) chat during training while the players take a break (below)
5.30: Andrew Strauss wins the toss and has elected to bat. No place in the side for Monty Panesar as England stick with the three plus one configuration with Chris Tremlett – who has overcome an eye infection – coming in for the injured Tim Bresnan. Misbah-ul-Haq says he would have batted, too.
5.18: So, England will line-up against Pakistan at the Dubai International Stadium. Believe it or not, Bumble has actually played at more exotic locations than this one. Have a look.
5.10am: Right, while we the start of play, why not have a quick perusal of Stuart Broad's thoughts on how the next three Tests will pan out.
5am: Morning everyone and welcome to Sportsmail's coverage of England's first Test series of the year, versus Pakistan at the Dubai International Stadium.
Feels like an age since we were last watching the world's No 1 Test side in action. Mainly because it has been age. Five months to be precise since Andrew Strauss's side were playing this form of the game.
So, the challenge: beat this Pakistan side, remain top of the world standings and for goodness sake don't mention spot-fixing. There, I've done it. That's the single mention we'll give that controversy over the coming weeks as the future is, well, the future.
The 'host' side is greatly changed from the one that played at Lord's in 2010, Misbah-ul-Haq's charges are in a fine vein of form and we're anticipating a close series.
The good news is that Ian Bell and Stuart Broad have come through injury scares and are expected to play.
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Captain's job: Strauss will lead his team out in their first Test series of a busy 2012 later this morning