|England eye series win after
LONDON, (AFP) - Pakistan
collapsed spectacularly yet again this series as
England closed in on an innings victory in the
fourth and final Test at Lordís on Saturday.
Pakistan, following-on, were 41 for four in their
second innings when rain forced an early close on
the third day, having been made to follow-on after
they were dismissed for just 74 first time around.
That left them still 331 runs adrift of Englandís
first innings 446 as the home team eyed a victory
that would give them a 3-1 win in their last series
before begin the defence of the Ashes in Australia
Pakistanís three lowest totals against England have
all been made during this series. They were skittled
out for 80 in a 354-run first Test loss at Trent
Bridge and dismissed for 72 in a nine-wicket second
Test defeat at Edgbaston.
It appeared the damage at Lordís was done as much
as anything by a world record eighth-wicket stand of
332 between Jonathan Trott (184) and Stuart Broad
(169) which rescued England from the depths of 102
Pakistan were playing their sixth Test in England in
seven weeks, having previously drawn a two-match
series against Australia 1-1, and there were signs
that punishing schedule had finally caught up with
England captain Andrew Strauss enforced the
follow-on with Pakistan -- 372 behind on first
innings -- soon in further trouble at nine for two.
Earlier, Trott almost became the first player to
score two Test double hundreds at Lordís, following
his 226 against Bangladesh in May.
His innings of more than nine hours, featuring 19
boundaries, ended when he was caught behind off
left-arm seamer Wahab Riaz.
Trottís methodical approach was just what England
needed after the rest of the top-order were undone
by superb swing bowling, mainly from Mohammad Aamer
(six for 84) on Friday.
His partnership with Broad surpassed the previous
eighth-wicket Test-best of 313 shared by Wasim Akram
(257 not out) and Saqlain Mushtaq (79) for Pakistan
against Zimbabwe at Sheikhupura in 1996/97.
Broad was just shy of the world record score by a
Test No 9 of 173 made by New Zealandís Ian Smith
against India in Auckland in 1990.
Scores: England 346-7 contd 446 (139.2) (J
Trott 184, S Broad 169, Extras 42, Mohammad Aamer
Pakistan 74 (33) (Salman Butt 26, S Broad 2/10, S
Finn 3/38, G Swann 4/12) and 41-4 (15.3) at close
(Salman Butt 21)