|In the words of Frank Sinatra - |
Dubai, dubai, duo
............as the days hours and minutes ticked down to the start of the game, FB was increasingly tense. When would that phone call come? He could not imagine that Flower and Strauss would want to go into such an important contest without hearing FB's advice on the pressing issue of whether they should play 2 spinners. They would of course completely disregard FB's views..but that is another issue altogether.
|England's most recent spin twins|
While Pakistan-England series are notorious for controversy, all pundits are hoping that this series lives up to its promise on paper. England are worthy leaders of the Test pack, but need to prove that they can play on slower turning wickets. The ODI series in India didn't fill anyone with confidence that they have come very far in that direction. Pakistan are becoming a force again now that the horrors of the spot fixing shambles are behind them.
|Have a Teesra.........|
Misbah ul-Haq is leading Pakistan effectively, though, like Strauss, he is an overly conservative skipper. So there is unlikely to be much risk taking on either side - and with the slow surface offered a draw seems the most likely outcome even to FB who, as worldwide readers fully understand, knows nothing about these things.