Stauss falls on frustrating day

England lost only Andrew Strauss' wicket as Pakistan failed to inflict more significant damage in the hour of play possible at a damp and gloomy Lord's on day one of the fourth npower Test.

After heavy overnight and then light morning rain had wiped out the first session, Pakistan won the toss and unsurprisingly put their hosts in under heavy cloud cover.



It was an obvious opportunity for the tourists' strong seam attack to steal a march on England as they seek victory which would square the series at 2-2 after this final match.



In those circumstances, it was a slightly under-par return to shift only the England captain in a mid-afternoon and eventually stumps total of 39 for one - before bad light forced the players off and closed in terminally thereafter.



Mohammad Aamer began a disappointing passage of play for Pakistan by delivering four leg-side wides with the first ball of the match.



Aamer was not to blame in his next over, though, when he had Alastair Cook edging to third slip off the back foot - only for Umar Akmal to put down a regulation chance and reprieve the opener on one.



There was plenty of predictable movement through the air for new-ball pair Aamer and Mohammad Asif, and a touch off the pitch too for the former in particular.



Yet Aamer was to have his hopes dashed again when Billy Bowden gave Cook out caught behind on nine, only for DRS to prove the ball had done enough to beat the outside edge.



By the time darker clouds moved in again and brought the floodlights into use, Wahab Riaz had replaced Aamer at the pavilion end.



But it was to be Asif who struck when he snaked an inswinger between Strauss' bat and pad to bowl him off-stump and continue the captain's sequence of moderate returns in this series.



It meant too that Cook and Strauss must bat together at least once more before they surpass Jack Hobbs and Herbert Sutcliffe as their country's most prolific opening partnership.



Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Is this the future of flying: battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks?

Is this the future of flying?

Battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks
Isis are barbarians – but the Caliphate is a dream at the heart of all Muslim traditions

Isis are barbarians

but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
The Brink's-Mat curse strikes again: three tons of stolen gold that brought only grief

Curse of Brink's Mat strikes again

Death of John 'Goldfinger' Palmer the latest killing related to 1983 heist
Greece debt crisis: 'The ministers talk to us about miracles' – why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum

'The ministers talk to us about miracles'

Why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum
Call of the wild: How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate

Call of the wild

How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate
Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it’s a case of 'Vote Yes or else'?

'The economic collapse has happened. What is at risk now is democracy...'

If it doesn’t work in Europe, how is it supposed to work in India or the Middle East, asks Robert Fisk
The science of swearing: What lies behind the use of four-letter words?

The science of swearing

What lies behind the use of four-letter words?
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won't have him back

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won’t have him back
Africa on the menu: Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the continent

Africa on the menu

Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the hot new continent
Donna Karan is stepping down after 30 years - so who will fill the DKNY creator's boots?

Who will fill Donna Karan's boots?

The designer is stepping down as Chief Designer of DKNY after 30 years. Alexander Fury looks back at the career of 'America's Chanel'
10 best statement lightbulbs

10 best statement lightbulbs

Dare to bare with some out-of-the-ordinary illumination
Wimbledon 2015: Heather Watson - 'I had Serena's poster on my wall – now I'm playing her'

Heather Watson: 'I had Serena's poster on my wall – now I'm playing her'

Briton pumped up for dream meeting with world No 1
Wimbledon 2015: Nick Bollettieri - It's time for big John Isner to produce the goods to go with his thumping serve

Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon Files

It's time for big John Isner to produce the goods to go with his thumping serve
Dustin Brown: Who is the tennis player who knocked Rafael Nadal out of Wimbeldon 2015?

Dustin Brown

Who is the German player that knocked Nadal out of Wimbeldon 2015?
Ashes 2015: Damien Martyn - 'England are fired up again, just like in 2005...'

Damien Martyn: 'England are fired up again, just like in 2005...'

Australian veteran of that Ashes series, believes the hosts' may become unstoppable if they win the first Test