This was apparently a three-Test series where Andrew Strauss’ team might edge matters by a 1-0 or 2-0 scoreline, although the tourists well and truly wilted in the second Test when there was a clear opportunity to land victory.
Having put together 70 more 1st Innings runs than their opponents before skittling out the Pakistanis for 214 runs in the 2nd Innings, England were in pole position although a meagre 72 has left confidence at rock bottom.
Now it’s time to return to Dubai, the scene of their 1st Test defeat where Pakistan won by ten wickets and you can back the ‘home’ side at odds of 7/4 (Stan James – £150 free bets) to claim a whitewash in this series.
The biggest concern for Pakistan is the fact that the tail end crumbled in Abu Dhabi during the 1st Innings with the home side 203-5 before eventually amassing 257 runs.
Even so, Abdur Rehman was inspired with the ball and the 31-year-old is likely to cause some more damage with partner in crime Saeed Ajmal. The latter was the chief tormentor of England at this ground a fortnight ago where the draw was strong favourite.
Indeed, the pitch in Dubai was supposed to be a batter’s paradise, although the draw is the outsider of the three outcomes this time around, with odds of 9/4 (Bet Victor free bets) available that this match ends all square.
Considering that there will be no rain during the five days and the pitch is clearly spin-friendly, it could pay to lay the draw at odds of 3.8 (betfair bookmaker) with England available at 7/4 (Sporting Bet) to demonstrate that they haven’t lost the knack of winning Test Matches.
Alastair Cook was in good form during the 1st Innings of the 2nd Test and Jonathan Trott also put together a knock of 74 to ensure England put together a sizeable total, although captain Andrew Strauss was the only player to manage more than 30 runs during the 2nd Innings.