England captain Alastair Cook made his 28th Test century on Thursday as England fought back on day three against Pakistan.
Cook’s England began the seventh session of the first Test in Abu Dhabi on 56/0 – after Pakistan had declared on 523/8 – and they reached 290/3 at stumps, with their skipper unbeaten on 168, having faced 329 balls.
Fellow opener Moen Ali, no.3 Ian Bell and Mark Wood fell for 35, 63 and four respectively, while Joe Root ended the day on three not out.
Pakistan used six bowlers to try to get rid of Cook – Rahat Ali, Imran Khan, Zulfiqar Babar, Wahab Riaz, Asad Shafiq and Shoaib Malik.
Versatile Cook, who has now scored a Test hundred in every country he has played in, has yet to hit a six in this mature innings.
However, he has found the boundary 15 times.