KEEPING LORD'S WORLD CLASS
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Andrew Strauss’ run of bad form continued as rain and bad light frustrated Pakistan on a truncated first day at Lord’s, which saw only 12 and a half overs bowled.
Salman Butt made it a bad start to Strauss' day winning a delayed toss and electing to bowl in distinctly seam friendly conditions.
Play finally began at 1:40pm. Just over an hours cricket was played before rain and bad light brought a halt to proceedings.
In that hour, Strauss was clean bowled, through the gate, by a vicious seaming delivery from Mohammad Asif, just nine balls before the umpires offered England the light.
Mohammad Amir sent his first delivery miles down the leg side for five wides, but soon found his rhythm and was unlucky to have Alistair Cook dropped at third slip by Umar Akmal in the third over.
Oval centurion Cook’s luck appeared to be in as he successfully appealed a caught behind decision in the ninth over - replays confirming he had missed the ball by some distance.
Asif, ranked third in the ICC's bowler rankings, was at his mesmeric best and snared the England captain with a snorter which pitched on off, before crashing into his middle and leg stumps.
Strauss will be disappointed with the gaping hole between his bat and pad however, and it will be of little comfort that he fell to a right-arm bowler for the first time this series.
Jonathan Trott, needing 29 runs to pass 1,000 in his short Test career, clipped his first ball crisply through mid-wicket for an all run four.
The South African-born batsman looked in fine form, driving Amir up the slope for three before accepting the umpires' offer for the light.
Conditions tomorrow are likely to remain bowler friendly on a wicket which has seen little sunlight in the last three days.
With the series poised delicately in England’s favour, Pakistan will be keen to press on tomorrow morning and take advantage of a vulnerable looking England batting order.