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England and Pakistan draw rain-hit second Test

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A draw or victory in the third test would give England a first series win over Pakistan in 10 years and there is increased hope a result will be possible in Southampton after a frustrating, weather-affected second match last week.

England skipper Joe Root has already said he is open to the idea of earlier starts after being left frustrated by events in Southampton but, with a 1-0 lead to preserve, may prefer to revisit the matter at the start of a series rather than during one. I know there are chats going on around it.

Misbah, in a column published on the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)'s official website, expressed his opinion about the use of the pink ball in Test cricket where he suggested that fans still want the five-day format to be played in a "conventional way".

Instead the selectors - Ed Smith, James Taylor and Chris Silverwood, also head coach - have allowed Anderson and Broad to dictate this summer's selection.

"You look at what you need for the here and now and you look down the line for what we potentially need (in Australia)". Let's make sure we throw everything into this week and give ourselves the best chance of doing something quite special.

If early start times are to be used, the match referee, groundstaff and the European Central Bank match manager will meet to discuss the start times for the next day after the conclusion of play on the first day.

"We feel extremely lucky to get the opportunity to be playing right now and to have had the games we've had, " Root said of the test series against the West Indies and Pakistan that have been played in isolated environments.

The delays in that match, including stoppages for bad light when the floodlights were on full beam, could see the now rigid 11:00am local (1000 GMT) start time for a Test in England brought forward, as happens in other countries where there is a more flexible approach.

England remain 1-0 up on the tourists following the drawn second Test, having already secured a come-from-behind 2-1 success over West Indies.

The England vs Pakistan 3rd Test match will be played at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton.

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