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Don’t panic says Captain Strauss

England’s cricketers faced their first setback after a long spell of sustained success. A superior Pakistan team dismantled England’s batsmen inside three days of the first Test in Dubai.

England slumped to 160 all out in the second innings, leaving Pakistan needing just 15 runs to secure victory. Man of the match was Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal, whose spin bowling caused England endless problems. He was ably supported by Umar Gul who tore through England in the second innings.

Strauss called on England to keep calm and carry on. "We're not going to push the panic button by any means," he said. "We will show character and resilience and come back in the second match.

"We got caught off guard in that first session," Strauss added, referring to Ajmal’s spell of dominance. "All credit to Pakistan, they played exceptionally well and once they got ahead they didn't allow us back in. We need to learn the lessons. We won't be panicking, we'll come back strong in the second match."

The second Test in Abu Dhabi might feature the recall of spinner Monty Panesar, especially after the indifferent performance of fast bowler Chris Tremlett. Tremlett had a very poor game, although the same could be said of most of the England players.

Those with a point to prove in the second Test include Kevin Pietersen, who had his worst Test performance in Dubai, and the captain himself. Strauss has been struggling with his batting in recent Tests, and there is already an ominous murmur questioning his automatic selection.

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