Wickets for Moeen Ali and Mark Wood as England make early inroads

Published: Tuesday 6th October 2015 by The News Editor

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Moeen Ali and Mark Wood provided the wickets as England made early inroads on the second and final morning of their first warm-up match in Sharjah.

After three days of practice in the searing heat of the United Arab Emirates, and then one of batting which allowed England to declare as pre-arranged, they had Pakistan A 50 for three at lunch in reply to 286 for six.

First-change Wood produced the most eye-catching first spell among the pace bowlers and was rewarded with the wicket of Sami Aslam after no breakthrough with the new ball for Stuart Broad and James Anderson.

It was Broad, though, who had a hand in the departure of teenager Aslam – his right, in fact, diving high to take a good catch at square-leg as the left-hander went to pull.

Wood, given the first chance to impress here as England’s prospective third seamer in next week’s first Test against Pakistan, managed to extract a little bounce from a very slow surface.

He was deployed by Alastair Cook in an efficiently short burst of 4-3-1-1, after Anderson and Broad got three and five-over spells under their belts to start the tour.

Over to spin, Moeen twice struck with a change of pace and trajectory – flatter deliveries accounting first for opener Khurram Manzoor, caught at slip, and then pinning Ali Asad lbw.

At the other end, Adil Rashid found some turn – beating left-hander Fawad Alam’s outside edge with his googly.

Cook gave Ben Stokes a spell before lunch too, in place of Moeen after his two for nine in seven overs, but there were to be no further wickets.

Published: Tuesday 6th October 2015 by The News Editor

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