England vice-captain Joe Root has reclaimed the pole position in the International Cricket Council player rankings after scoring consecutive fifties in the recently concluded encounter against Pakistan in Dubai.
England assistant coach Paul Farbrace clarified that Alastair Cook is not suffering from an injury, despite seeming to be in discomfort while batting in the second innings of the Dubai Test against Pakistan.
Joe Root's fighting half-century helped England post 130 for three at stumps on day four after Pakistan set them a mammoth target of 491 runs riding on the back of Younis Khan's splendid hundred in the second Test in Dubai.
Riding on the back of a splendid unbeaten century from Misbah-ul-Haq and fifties from Younis Khan and Shan Masood, Pakistan seized the advantage on the first day of the second Test match against England in Dubai.
Adil Rashid picked up a game-changing five-wicket haul as 15 wickets fell on a dramatic final day in Abu Dhabi with England falling short of a phenomenal victory by 25 runs in the first Test against Pakistan.