DUBAI - Left-arm spinner Monty Panesar reminded selectors he could still be good for Test cricket by grabbing five wickets to help England dominate the three-day match against Pakistan Cricket Board XI here on Thursday.
England have an overall lead of 151 and were in a good position to make it two in two games after beating ICC Combined XI by three wickets in the tour opener or go for a full day's batting practice. That will be a big boost for Strauss's men before the first of three Tests against Pakistan which starts here from Tuesday.
Panesar, who played last of his 39 Tests at Cardiff in the 2009 Ashes, bowled with variation after the PCB XI resumed the day on 22-0. Chris Tremlett (2-30) and Graham Onions (1-52) had opened the gates before Panesar helped England take four wickets in the space of 18 runs, leaving their opponents reeling from 101-4 to 119-8.
Had it not been for a fighting ninth wicket stand of 54 between Raza Hasan (50 not out) and M Talha (31), the PCB XI would have succumbed before reaching the 150-mark. The 19-year-old Hasan hit eight boundaries during his maiden first-class fifty. M Ayub, top run getter in Pakistan's 2010-2011 season, made 33 before Panesar forced an egde off him to wicket-keeper Matt Prior. England's regular Test spinner Graeme Swann managed 1-49.
ENGLAND 1ST INNINGS: 269-9 decl
PCB XI 1ST INNINGS:
Nasir Jamshed lbw b Onions 12
Afaq Raheem lbw b Tremlett 17
M Ayub c Prior b Panesar 33
Usman Salahuddin c Prior b Tremlett 23
Fawad Alam c Strauss b Panesar 7
Haris Sohail lbw b Panesar 6
Sarfraz Ahmed c Trott b Swann 0
Yasir Shah c Swann b Panesar 9
Raza Hasan not out 50
M Talha c Prior b Panesar 31
M Khalil not out 1
EXTRAS: (b3, lb6, w2) 11
TOTAL: (for 9 wkts; 79 overs) 200
FOW: 1-24, 2-40, 3-78, 4-91, 5-106, 6-106, 7-110, 8-119, 9-173
BOWLING: Onions 13-3-52-1, Tremlett 14-7-30-2, Swann 18-5-42-1, Panesar 29-12-57-5, Petersen 5-0-10-0
ENGLAND 2ND INNINGS:
A Strauss not out 36
J Trott not out 39
EXTRAS: (b4, nb2, w1) 7
TOTAL: (for no loss; 22 overs) 82
BOWLING: Talha 6-1-32-0, Khalil 5-2-12-0, Hasan 7-0-26-0, Shah 3-0-5-0, Ayub 1-0-3-0
Toss: PCB XI