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England and Pakistan are playing the same game under different rules in Abu Dhabi... it's crazy there is no Hot Spot or Snicko
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By David Lloyd for the Daily Mail
Published: 09:44 EST, 13 October 2015 | Updated: 18:50 EST, 13 October 2015
David 'Bumble' Lloyd reviews a tough start to the tour for England on day one of the first Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi.
I was on commentary when TV umpire Sundaram Ravi decided to overturn Paul Reiffel’s decision to give Misbah-ul-Haq not out and there was definitely a noise.
But on close inspection there seemed to be daylight between ball and bat.
Ravi, as is his right, clearly felt that noise came from bat on ball but I think it was Misbah’s foot hitting the ground.
Remember, he would have been able to amplify the sound and, even though we weren’t able to hear the dialogue between the officials, Ravi must have felt the evidence was conclusive.
James Anderson reacts to what he thinks may have been an edge to keeper Jos Butter off Misbah-ul-Haq
Anderson celebrates his second wicket of the day after umpire Paul Reiffel's not out decision was reversed
Reviews in this series are high risk because TEN Sports, the host broadcaster, do not have the tools for the DRS and it is clearly crazy that Hot Spot and Snicko are available for some Test series and not others because of cost.
We are playing the same game under different rules.
It will be nice here when it's finished! You're in the middle of the desert and suddenly you come across a cricket ground! The stadium resembles a spaceship that has crashed in the middle of nowhere. I'm not sure there's any public transport that will find its way here. No wonder there were so few people at the ground.
The Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi looms out of the desert like a spaceship crash-landed
RIGHT ON TRACK
I'm staying in Abu Dhabi in a hotel right slap bang in the middle of the custom-built motor racing track on Yas Island. I've been watching from my balcony as all the young shavers have been going round and round in circles. It would be a much better spectator experience if one of them went round the other way…
WILL IT TURN?
Everybody is saying this is trial by spin but even though the spinners did the damage here last time the ball didn't turn and it will be fascinating to see if it will do so as this Test goes on. The way Pakistan prospered last time round, led by Saeed Ajmal, was to bowl the ball quickly, dead straight, looking for the ball to slide on and England's batsmen fretted.
Moeen Ali (left) delivers one of his off-breaks as Jimmy Anderson fields close in to the wicket
SPEED UP, ADIL
Maybe Adil Rashid should take note of that. He's waited a long time to play Test cricket and would have dearly wanted England to bat first on this pristine pitch. But just a thought. Rashid was bowling around 47 to 48 miles per hour and the great leg-spinners have all been a bit quicker than that. Adil needs to speed it up a bit….
Adil Rashid (second left) bowls on his Test debut, but the Yorkshire spinner failed to take a Pakistan wicket
WASTE OF TIME
The first hour of this Test series was littered with interruptions. The blokes on the sightscreens just didn't get it right and batsmen were seeing things that nobody else on the ground could see. The 12th man was busier than anyone on the field in the first hour and even the umpires were attended to twice. Get on with the game!
COOK MISSES A TRICK
In these conditions you have to eke out every little opportunity and in the morning session with the new ball England had three chances in the short-leg region. Alastair Cook started with someone there but moved him and then saw what would have been three easy catches go just behind square. The captain is going to have to be absolutely alert and pro-active here.
England captain Alastair Cook (left) and Ben Stokes (bottom) look on helplessly as Pakistan pile on the runs
Maybe I've had too much of the searing sun here already. I could have sworn in the morning that I saw the distinctive figure appearing from the desert haze of none other than Bob 'the Cat' Bevan striding through the sand towards the stadium in his capacity as the former president of Kent alongside Lawrence of Arabia. Or was it Peter O'Toole? Perhaps I was just delirious…
FAIL TO PREPARE...
More evidence that a couple of glorified warm-up matches with 15 per side is no preparation for a Test series. A dropped catch, quite easy as they go, and then a wicket from a no-ball. You have to get in the groove. There are no short-cuts. Something has to give to provide proper preparation.
Jimmy Anderson (centre) reacts after Ian Bell (second left) dropped a simple chance off Asad Shafiq (right)