Broad's scrambled legs worth shelling out for
That scrambled single during Stuart Broad's excellent counter-attack was a coach's dream.
When Duncan Fletcher was coach he would pull to one side any player run out and ask them: 'Where was your dive'
Broad used every inch of his 6ft 7in
frame to make his ground by millimetres and had the awareness to jump up
and scamper another single. Excellent cricket.
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Scramble: Broad dives to avoid being run out
POWER TO HIS ELBOW
There was much debate during the first Test and before the second about the legitimacy of Saeed Ajmal's bowling action.
Well, I have made a few enquiries and I understand that the umpires in this series have no problems with it at all.
And that means that nothing will be done by the International Cricket Council either.
JIMMY'S DESERT SPAT
Looked like divorce was on the cards
for England couple Jimmy Anderson and Graeme Swann when they had a
marital skirmish in the afternoon.
Grumpy old Jimmy told his mate in no
uncertain terms that he wanted him closer at second slip, reminding me
of the forthright exchanges they have in Dickie Pinks, a salubrious
hostelry in Jimmy's home town of Burnley.
Spat: James Anderson in a marital dispute
England had to battle to gain a good
first-innings lead – with perfect, positive batting from the lower
order, which took the attack to Pakistan.
Broad used his height to get a big stride in and dispersed the field with a couple of big shots.
He forced the fielders to where he wanted them – not where Misbahul-Haq wanted them.
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MOVE IT FOR MONTY
Wonderful to see Monty Panesar, the housewives' favourite, back in business and the question now is, how does he get in the England team regularly
The answer comes when Tim Bresnan is fit again.
Move Matt Prior to six, bring in Bresnan at seven and leave out Eoin Morgan to make room for Monty in a five-man attack. Simples…
SHE'S NO OIL PAINTING
A surreal Test series, this. Not only are we playing in the middle of the desert but we also have two female German press officers looking after us.
One of them bears a striking resemblance to Helga from TV's 'Allo 'Allo and seems more interested in finding the Fallen Madonna with the Big Boobies.
No sign of Herr Flick yet, mind.
AUF WIEDERSEHEN BET
Talking of Germans, Martin Kaymer has let me down over the road at the golf club. He's missed the cut!
Still, my dirhams are riding on a Spaniard, an Irishman and a Scotsman now – so come on Sergio Garcia, Rory McIlroy and Paul Lawrie.
Might even be able to pop over and cheer them on this Sunday if England do the business on Saturday.