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  • 19 Jul
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    his side sitting just two points adrift of safety as they are without a win in
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    most productive bench, and Los Angeles beat the Brooklyn Nets 99-94 on Wednesday
    night after blowing a 27-point lead. It may lack the history - and hype - of the
    Ashes or the revenue potential of a tour by India, but rarely has a Test series
    promised as much as this encounter between England and Pakistan.These are two
    fine if slightly flawed sides who could, by years end, be rated No. 1 in the
    Test rankings. And, as well as arguably the two best swing bowlers in the world,
    this series will also feature (again, arguably) the worlds best spinner, one of
    the worlds most exciting allrounders and the two highest run-scorers in the
    history of either Test team. Evenly matched teams who play, on the whole,
    attractive cricket and will be watched by good-sized crowds with over 100,000
    tickets sold for the first four days of the series. It really could be a
    classic.If England win, they will hold the trophies in every bilateral series
    against other Test nations. While not a unique achievement, it would be an
    impressive one and reflects well upon a side that may well still be a year or
    two away from its peak. It is, after all, barely 18 months since the
    disappointing tour of the Caribbean and only just over two years since they were
    defeated at home by Sri Lanka. These remain relatively early days in the England
    recovery.Pakistan, by contrast, are reaping the rewards for sticking with many
    of the same players for half-a-dozen years and appear to have an excellent
    opportunity to secure a rare away victory. It is not just that they have
    prepared more thoroughly than at any time in recent history, with training camps
    stretching six weeks ahead of the first game of the tour, or that they are
    boosted by the return of a left-arm bowler of rare skill. It is that they will
    play England on the least typically English surfaces - Lords, Old Trafford and
    The Oval - that may negate some of Englands seam threat and bring into play the
    one area where Pakistan are indisputably stronger: spin bowling. Home advantage,
    while not surrendered, has not been exploited as it was against Australia.In
    this first Test especially, where they are without Ben Stokes and James
    Anderson, England look just a little vulnerable. On a Lords surface that rarely
    favours Englands traditional skills - it may well turn out to be the last Test
    wicket prepared by Lords groundsman Mick Hunt, who is contemplating retirement
    after spending his entire career at the ground - Pakistans batsman have an
    opportunity to build the type of total that their legspinner, Yasir Shah, can
    exploit. Jake Ball is a fine, skilful bowler with an exciting future. But he has
    only been a first-choice player in Nottinghamshires Championship side for a few
    months and clearly cannot hope to replicate the experience of Anderson.England
    do have some significant advantages, though. Once Stokes returns, they have a
    lower-middle-order that can dig them out of trouble - with Moeen Ali back to No.
    8 and Chris Woakes at No. 9 - compared to the likes of Mohammad Amir (who has a
    Test batting average of 12.63) and Yasir Shah (who has a Test batting of 10.46).
    The partnerships between Moeen and Stuart Broad were crucial in helping England
    win the 2015 Ashes; they could prove just as crucial this summer.England also
    have more depth with the ball. Pakistan are, at present, committed to a four-man
    attack. On the flat pitches anticipated, that leaves their three seamers and one
    spinner with a heavy workload in a four-Test series that features two sets of
    back-to-back Tests. Yes, England went to No. 1 in the world with their four-man
    attack. But it took a heavy toll on some of the participants. Equally, for all
    the worries about Englands middle-order - and Gary Ballances Test average of 47
    might assuage some of them - the Pakistan opening pair look every bit as
    fragile. And, forr all the experience and skill of Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis
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    too early to the new ball. Pakistans fitness and fielding, while improved and
    improving, is still not the standard they would like. In a tight series, such
    factors could be crucial.It is no secret that previous series between these
    sides - at least, previous series played in England - have been bedevilled by
    controversy and ill-feeling. So awful was the relationship between the teams
    after the Tests of 2010, that Englands players held a vote over whether they
    wanted to complete the limited-over series. In previous years, we had seen
    arguments over ball tampering, reverse swing, allegations of umpiring bias and
    match-fixing. There were, no doubt, faults on both sides with the 2010
    spot-fixers bringing shame on their sport and Englands concerns over reverse
    swing evaporating once they themselves learned how to do it.But those days are
    gone. Misbah inherited a fearful mess when he was appointed captain, but he has
    built a strong team in desperately testing circumstances and ensured corruption
    has been eradicated. Few figures in modern cricket history - not even Brendon
    McCullum - have done so much to shape the spirit with which their side play. Few
    figures in modern cricket history warrant as much respect.Meanwhile, an England
    side that regularly includes two Muslim players - most notably Moeen who has
    embraced the position of role-model and bridge builder - has become a little
    more respectful, a little more mature and a little more worldly in their
    outlook. The relationship between the sides is vastly improved.There is no
    reason the relationship between the supporters should not be equally harmonious.
    While the Barmy Army trumpeter, Billy Cooper, has been researching prison-themed
    songs to play when Amir is in action, the organisation hope such gestures are
    taken in good humour and staged a match against the National Asian Cricket
    Council on Wednesday evening with a view towards recruiting more Asian
    members.While the term Barmy Army is often applied loosely to cover most England
    supporters, the actual Barmy Army have distanced themselves from the booing of
    Ricky Ponting in previous years and the chants aimed at Mitchell Johnson. Were
    not about booing great players, their founder, Paul Burnham, told ESPNcricinfo.
    We want England to win but we want to see good cricket and we respect our
    opponents. Burnham insists - pretty much without smiling - that the original
    rhyme was his bowlings not right.There is a wider context, too. Recent weeks
    have suggested that the roots of multiculturalism in England and Wales are not
    as deep as many of us believed. It would be na?ve to ignore the rise in
    hate-crime - some of it Islamaphobic - and not be on our guard against it at
    these games. It would be sickening if legitimate reservations over the return of
    Amir were exploited by those with agendas against the beliefs of the team or,
    more pertinently, its supporters. And it would be sickening if it occurred and
    the authorities took the same look the other way approach they have sometimes
    adopted in the past.But we have seen, be it in Afghanistan, Ireland, Rwanda or
    Englands inner-cities, crickets ability to unite. This Test series is an
    opportunity to witness not just top-class cricket but to remind ourselves that
    England at its best, is a tolerant, multi-cultural nation that celebrates its
    sporting successes while respecting its opponents. On and off the pitch, the
    next few weeks have the potential to restore spirits. ' ' '