Pakistan v England: Monty Panesar stakes Test claim
Tour match, Dubai (ICC Global Cricket Academy), day two:
England 269-9 dec & 82-0 v Pakistan Cricket Board XI 200-9
Monty Panesar took five wickets on day two of England's final warm-up game to press his claims to be included in the Test series against Pakistan.
The left-arm spinner finished with 5-57 as the Pakistan Cricket Board XI declared on 200-9, 69 adrift.
Chris Tremlett took 2-30, with Graham Onions and Graeme Swann claiming a wicket each.
England then moved to 82-0 by the close, with Jonathan Trott unbeaten on 39 and Andrew Strauss 36 not out.
After resuming on 23-0, the Board XI were troubled by Onions - playing his first game for England after a two-year absence because of a career-threatening back injury - and he struck with the fourth ball of the afternoon when Nasir Jamshed was out lbw.
Some batting momentum was gained after that initial blow but Tremlett produced a double strike to abruptly end it. First, he accounted for opener Afaq Raheem, lbw, then Usman Salahuddin, who edged to wicketkeeper Matt Prior.
Pakistan v England 2012
- 17 Jan: First Test, Dubai
- 25 Jan: Second Test, Abu Dhabi
- 3 Feb: Third Test, Dubai
- 13 Feb: First ODI, Abu Dhabi
- 15 Feb: Second ODI, Abu Dhabi
- 18 Feb: Third ODI, Dubai
- 21 Feb: Fourth ODI, Dubai
- 23 Feb: First T20, Dubai
- 25 Feb: Second T20, Dubai
- 27 Feb: Third T20, Abu Dhabi
Then it was the spinners' turn to make in-roads as Panesar, looking to be included alongside Swann in the Test side, took his first wicket when he had Fawad Alam caught at short midwicket. It sparked a collapse with four wickets falling to spin for 19 runs.
Panesar removed Haris Sohail - another lbw - before Swann's solitary success came as Sarfraz Ahmed was caught at silly point.
After that, Panesar asserted himself as the more commanding of England's spin pair, dismissing Mohammad Ayub Dogar then forcing Yasir Shah into an edge to Swann at slip.
Things went less smoothly for England when ninth-wicket pair Raza Hasan (50) and Mohammad Talha (31) teamed up, with the latter meting out some harsh treatment to Swann. Panesar though continued his good day by breaking the 28-over stand as Talha edged behind.
Raza stayed defiant and, after he confidently brought up his half-century, the PCB XI declared.
Following his first-innings hundred, Alastair Cook took a break from opening duties, so Trott, after two failures from three attempts so far, was promoted from number three.
He and Strauss combined well in a composed stand that has the tourists well placed to declare on the final afternoon.