Welcome to the third day of this second Test between England and Pakistan. The tourists are set to resume at 223/9 after just 40.2 overs were possible yesterday; not many more than the day before – we’ve essentially lost a day. But not to worry, this pitch is gives the impression that it will spit and seam (and probably spin) throughout, so there should be more than enough time to get a result by Monday.
The most interesting portion of the morning session is bound to be the interrogation Mohammad Abbas gives the England’s openers. On the evidence of what we’ve seen, it’s hard to imagine a surface better suited his classy brand medium pace. Rory Burns and Dom Sibley will need to bat exceptionally.
For my part, I can’t help but think of this day twelve months ago. Then, it was the first morning of the Lord’s Ashes Test, a stunning day played in front of a packed house. I know, because it was my birthday and I was steering the good ship OBO through the first half of it. Despite the fact that the weather is grim and the crowds are non-existent, it’s lovely to be with you again for this iteration of August 15!