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The second Test between England and Pakistan came to a fittingly flat finale as the home side finished on 110 for four in their first innings, replying to Pakistan’s 236, a total made across four interrupted days. A paltry total of 134.2 overs were bowled in the match, including little more than 10 over the weekend, with time lost to a killer combination of poor visibility, showers and a saturated outfield – the smallest amount of on-field action in this country since 1987.
The plentiful delays created a space that was filled with plenty of debate and conjecture, with the light issue generating most heat. Some advocate pulling forward the ring-fenced 11am start, others want the pink ball to be used as it already is in day/night Test cricket and others have called for teams to play on regardless if stadium floodlights are of a suitable specification.
Root is open to any combination of the three, agreeing the sporting spectacle that so many have worked so hard to lay on in the midst of a global health crisis had been compromised over the last five days.
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