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England’s Test match with Pakistan fizzles out into a draw at the Ageas Bowl

The second Test between England and Pakistan has ended in a draw at the Ageas Bowl. 

England declared their innings on 110 for four in the 44th over, which had been started by Pakistan captain Azhar Ali, with the theoretical change of innings accounting for two overs to draw a close to a disappointing week.

A heavy deluge of rain overnight left the Ageas Bowl outfield sodden and a series of inspections by the umpires deemed conditions unsuitable at the start of play.

A further shower interrupted a later assessment by Richard Kettleborough and Michael Gough, who were sent scampering off the field as ground staff rushed on the covers.

After a number of inspections, the pitch was eventually deemed dry enough for play to resume at 3.20pm, allowing England to get in a little bit of batting practice before Friday’s third and final Test at the same venue.

Pakistan however showed their worth and took three England wickets, with Dom Sibley, Zak Crawley and Ollie Pope all departing before Joe Root made the decision to declare.

Sibley was caught behind of Mohammad Abbas, before Crawley, who made a half-century, was trapped lbw by the Pakistan seamer.

Pope was then also rapped on the pads after natural variation from a Yasir Shah delivery. bamboozled the Surrey batsman 

But a draw was the only result possible after just 134.3 overs were possible in a frustrating match as England preserved their 1-0 lead in the series with one Test to play.  

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