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  • England denied in the gloom

    22:02: WI 370-9 (128 overs) Pietersen is tossed the ball in the gloom, there are nine men around the bat and Powell takes the single off the third ball. Edwards, however, survives the three remaining balls with some solid defence. Swann tries the arm ball but Powell jabs down late on it to survive and with four overs remaining the umpires have deemed the light unplayable. THE THIRD TEST IS DRAWN AS THE TENTH WICKET PAIR SURVIVE FOR 36 MINUTES AND 60 BALLS!

    MATCH
    SCORECARD

    MATCH
    GALLERY

    21:55: WI 369-9 (126 overs) Edwards edges Swann short of Collingwood at slip and then edges the Notts

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  • Early hope fades for England

    India's decision to accept the light says much about their ambition tomorrow; it looks as though they are going to be happy to settle for a draw. Thanks for joining me this morning; make sure you come back tomorrow to see if England can force the most unlikeliest of victories.

    India 134-4 (50 overs) The light metres come out - and the umpires offer India the light. The offer is taken, and that's close of play. 

    India 129-4 (48 overs) Monty is removed from the attack after the worst over of the innings, full of short, flat balls outside Yuvraj's off-stump. Incredibly, the left-hander is now on

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  • Storms steal KP’s thunder

    Pakistan's
    beleaguered batsmen were shown how to hang around for a good portion of a day
    by the rain, which stole Kevin Pietersen's thunder at Edgbaston.

    KP
    was the bewildered beneficiary of more staggeringly inept fielding (or should
    that be dropping) by Pakistan as he scored the most unconvincing and frenetic half-century
    ever seen at the building site. Indeed, the batsman was effectively 80 for four
    at the close of his innings.

    The
    tourists' chances of surviving for three days at Edgbaston were dramatically
    increased thanks to the persistent rain, despite the fact that Umar Amin
    grounded

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  • Review system saves a career

    The
    review system has come under a lot of scrutiny, but its value was highlighted
    when Pakistan wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider's Test career was effectively
    saved by a TV replay.

    Haider
    strode out to the wicket on a king pair, and suffered the ignominy of being
    given out lbw for a second golden duck by umpire Steve Davis off the bowling of
    the ebullient Graeme Swann.

    The
    debutant's face dropped like Lance Klusener's after his 1999 World Cup
    semi-final debacle with Allan Donald, but fortunately the third umpire Tony
    Hill, with Earl Grey in hand, was able to correct the decision.

    The
    result was

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  • From toothless to ruthless for England

    Just
    hours ago an overzealous red top branded England as "toothless", but
    it was a performance of ruthless efficiency which saw Andrew Strauss's side pummel
    Pakistan
    at the building site formerly known as Edgbaston.

    Graeme
    Swann looked absolutely distraught as he missed the chance to dismiss Mohammad
    Asif in his first over, then Stuart Broad had the 'walking wicket' snaffled at
    gully.

    That
    was that, and Waqar Younis's prediction of "at least 20 runs added"
    this morning looked desperately overambitious.

    The
    incessant cries of "shabash, shabash" from the Pakistan fielders grew
    louder as Alastair

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  • Finally, Jimmy nails it

    It has been a tumultuous year for Jimmy Anderson who has been
    regularly 'rested', 'rotated', 're-energised' and 'recuperated' by the
    buzz-word-happy England management, but finally the paceman found
    his rhythm.

    Anderson celebrated his 28th birthday with a five-wicket haul of
    the most convincing fashion, and exploited swing-friendly conditions with
    consummate ease to leave Pakistan on the brink of having to bat again, before
    the umpires decided the floodlights were not flooding light enough.

    The surreal scene which followed saw a capacity crowd at Trent
    Bridge letting out collective

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  • Pakistan collapse at construction site

    If
    there was one thing more farcical than a Test match being played at a building
    site it was Pakistan's batting at an 'under construction' Edgbaston.

    If
    the throngs of builders lining half of the ground had any intention of getting
    to work, they were kept utterly captivated by the inept batting display which
    was unfolding before their eyes.

    The
    England bowlers found themselves in a near constant celebratory huddle as the
    Pakistan batsmen formed an orderly procession, while a competition for the
    longest duck appeared to be the main focus for the tourists.

    When
    Salman Butt won the toss and

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  • Anderson’s Best XI

    Jimmy
    Anderson loves Trent Bridge even more than a pint of Burnley bitter and banter
    with Graeme Swann, and Pakistan were absolutely pummelled as a result.

    Only
    'Deadly' Derek Underwood, Steve Harmison and Nick Cook have recorded better
    figures in a Test against Pakistan as Anderson racked up 11 wickets, and the
    tourists gave a performance with the bat which would have disgraced Bangladesh.

    Danish
    'blocking is for losers' Kaneria was one of only two Pakistan players to reach
    double figures as E.X.Tras scored only nine less boundaries than the entire
    team put together.

    Anderson's
    15 over spell

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  • Pakistan given Prior warning

    Matty Prior began his innings by running out England teammate Eoin
    Morgan, but continued undeterred to score his third Test century and force his
    captain to make an uncharacteristic declaration.

    There is nothing Andrew Strauss hates more than waving in his
    batsmen, preferring instead to chew on his choker and banter with beefy bowling
    coach David Saker on the England balcony, but Prior's ton forced his hand with
    the hosts 434 runs ahead.

    Prior's contribution was being roundly lamented after he ran out
    first-innings centurion Morgan but, as he said at stumps, he "was not
    overly worried" by that

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  • Pakistan attack no Test for Morgan

    Pakistan were thwarted by a consummate century from Eoin Morgan
    and a typically calamitous show reel from wicketkeeper and prolific clanger
    culprit Kamran Akmal on the first day at Trent Bridge.

    Morgan was the hero as the Middlesex Magician emphatically dispelled any lingering doubts as to whether he could thrive in the longest form of the game, and confounded Pakistan skipper Salman Butt's suggestion that he possessed the 'best attack in the world'.

    Even allowing for the fact that neither his pads nor his gloves fit him,
    Akmal still managed to shock everyone at Trent Bridge with the sheer

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