Rain frustrates England’s push for victory


England’s push for victory and James Anderson’s quest for a 600th Test wicket were obstructed by the weather and Pakistan’s stubborn resistance on day four of the final Test at the Ageas Bowl.

Following-on, the tourists reached 100-2, still 210 behind, but with the opportunity to save the match if they can bat out the final day.

They could be aided by the rain that is forecast for Tuesday after more than three hours were lost on Monday afternoon and bad light forced an early close.

In the 56 overs that were possible, Stuart Broad had Shan Masood lbw and Anderson removed Abid Ali in similar fashion to move to 599 wickets.

Anderson’s quest to reach 600 was again hampered by a dropped catch – wicketkeeper Jos Buttler missed Masood, the fourth chance the pace bowler has seen go down in the match.

Pakistan captain Azhar Ali remains on 29 not out, with Babar Azam unbeaten on four.

Azhar had come out to open on Sunday evening but, because the innings did not begin before the players were taken off for bad light, the Laws permitted the skipper to return to his usual position of number three. (BBC Sport)

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