Right then, let’s get going. Joe Root’s got the ball.
Azhar Ali will almost certainly walk out to bat in Test cricket for the final time today. It’s been a truly stellar career, but also a massive shame that most of it has clashed with Pakistan having to make the UAE their home. This is just his 10th Test match in Pakistan. I hope he gets a decent ovation when he makes his way out there.
Here’s a better catch-up from yesterday:
Hello, folks! Sunday saw a 23-year-old showcase his sporting prowess to the world with a truly scintillating individual performance.
Yes, that’s right, Harry Brook was at it again, hitting his third century of the series as England put up 354 to grab a 50-run first-innings lead. He’s special, this kid – and the Test numbers are quite something right now: six innings, 480 runs @ 80, SR: 92.13, 1 half-century, 3 tons.
Pakistan’s openers Abdullah Shafique and Shan Masood managed to see off nine overs before the close of play, surviving against that famed new-ball duo of, um, Jack Leach and Joe Root.
I’ll be back in a bit – as ever, send in your thoughts, queries, song requests, etc.