Ratings - 25th August 2010
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|Expected Margin||England by 105 runs|
|Actual Margin||Pakistan by 4 wickets|
It's amazing what taking a few catches can do for a side. Pakistan retain the frailties of a sickly youth, repeatedly letting England crawl back into the game they dominated from the time Wahab Riaz ripped through the English top-order in his first spell in test cricket. Another gritty innings by Prior, and a (somewhat) fortunate hundred by Cook kept England in the game, but they had little support. Yet, in imperfect batting conditions, England's bowlers and Pakistan's weakness with the bat - overly reliant on an extremely rusty Yousuf to keep things steady - combined to give the game a tense finish. An improved performance by England ought to see them to a 3-1 victory, but you can never completely write off Pakistan, not with the bowling line-up they possess (surely the best test cirkcet has to offer right now). Here's hoping too, that at some point in their six test English jaunt Umar Akmal decides to show.
|Rankings at 25th August 2010|
Shaded teams have played fewer than 2 games per season. Non-test team ratings are not comparable to test ratings as they don't play each other.
27th August, 2010 00:39:08