Alastair Cook struck his 28th Test century on day three of the first Test in Abu Dhabi, also passing 1,000 runs in the calendar year, to help reduce England's deficit to Pakistan to 233 runs at stumps.
Shoaib Malik hit his maiden Test double hundred while Asad Shafiq notched a century as Pakistan posted a mammoth total of 523 for eight to claim the honours on day two of the first Test against England in Abu Dhabi.
Shoaib Malik crafted a sublime century on his comeback while Mohammad Hafeez hit 98 as the duo made England pay a heavy price for shelling wicket-taking opportunities on day one of the first Test in Abu Dhabi.
England are outsiders to beat Pakistan in the UAE with William Hill offering 11/4 on a series victory. England are 9/4 to win the first Test, whilst it is 11/4 that Joe Root is England’s top run-scorer.
In England's year of seemingly endless Test cricket, they move from the green, lush comforts of home to the arid and searing heat of the United Arab Emirates for a three Test match series against Pakistan.
The last time England were in the United Arab Emirates they were ground to dust. Now they face the same adversary from Pakistan who are brimming with the confidence from a rare away series win against Sri Lanka under their belt.
A win over Zimbabwe, a clean sweep for the women's side, but Bilal Asif being reported for a suspected illegal bowling action means it hasn't been all good news for Paksitan in an otherwise positive week so far.
Bangladesh Women recovered from 67 for seven to set Pakistan Women 124 to win the second and final One-Day International in Karachi, but that wasn't enough to prevent the hosts completing a 2-0 series win.
Pakistan off-spinner Bilal Asif, who made his debut in the second One-Day International against Zimbabwe in Harare, has been reported for a suspect bowling action in the third and final game of the series.