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England settles for a draw

England settled for a draw in the first Test at Lord's against Pakistan. It was a better England performance compared to the last Test against Sri Lanka and in the end captain Andrew Strauss made sure that his declaration could only lead to a draw at worst or a win at best in favour of England.

I think for this Test the decisive day was the first one when Pakistan dropped Paul Collingwood and Alastair Cook. Its one thing to drop a catch and then the batsman gets under fifty runs and another when you drop a catch and then the batsman goes on and gets 186 runs.

Pakistan's Mohammad Yousuf also kept them in the match with his 202 runs in the first innings and Pakistan could argue that they had a good chance to win had the declaration been set earlier.

Hopefully Andrew Flintoff will be back for the second Test and we will begin to see the kind of England team that is going to tour here for the Ashes this coming summer and this is the main reason I will once again be following the second Test match at Old Trafford.

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