Anderson wanted two wickets on the penultimate day to change into the primary quick bowler to take 600 scalps within the longest format, however may solely dismiss Abid Ali for a affected person 42.
Jos Buttler turned the fourth participant to drop a catch off Anderson’s bowling within the ultimate match of the sequence and Pakistan produced a robust rearguard motion to shut on 100-2 – trailing by 210 runs – as they battled to salvage a draw.
Stuart Broad (1-23) dismissed Shan Masood, who was on condition that formative years by Buttler, however England may solely strike twice within the 56 overs that had been attainable on a flat pitch on the Rose Bowl.
England will finish a 10-year anticipate a Test sequence win over Pakistan on the ultimate day as they lead 1-0, however there are main doubts over whether or not there will probably be any play as Storm Francis is heading for Southampton.
With uncertainty over when England’s subsequent Test will probably be, Anderson may face an extended anticipate his subsequent likelihood to change into solely the fourth participant to affix the 600 membership.
Ollie Pope left the sector early within the day and didn’t return after the vacationers resumed at the beginning of their second innings with a deficit of 304.
Anderson (1-18) suffered extra frustration when Buttler failed to understand an opportunity provided by Masood on three and Pakistan’s openers dug in with defiance earlier than an early lunch was taken as a result of heavy rain at 41 with out loss.
Abid and Masood (18) continued to dig in after play restarted following a prolonged spell off the sector, however a stand of 49 ended when the left-hander fell lbw providing no shot to Broad.
Captain Azhar Ali, who made an impressive unbeaten century on day three, and Abid noticed out one other 26 overs as England appeared to expire of concepts earlier than Anderson moved a step closed to 600.
Abid was the person to depart, trapped in entrance to go away Pakistan 88-2 however Anderson was quickly taken out of the assault in fading mild and the gamers had been taken off with the seamer reflecting on what may need been.
Frustrated Anderson inside touching distance
England’s main Test wicket-taker Anderson had the Monday blues after Buttler turned the most recent participant to spurn an opportunity to assist him attain the 600-mark.
Rory Burns, Zak Crawley and Broad spilled catches on day three and Anderson was left shaking his head after wicketkeeper Buttler missed an easy alternative to see the again of Masood.
The 4 drops got here within the area of 37 balls from Anderson, who will probably be hoping some calm after the storm provides him one other likelihood to make historical past on the final day of England’s ultimate Test of the summer time.
Resolute Pakistan present nice struggle
Pakistan began the penultimate day dealing with an actual problem to keep away from a heavy defeat, however their batsmen confirmed spectacular self-discipline in a match England have dominated.
Abid fell for just one within the first innings after making a half-century within the second Test, however soaked up 162 balls earlier than he finally fell to Anderson.
Masood and skipper Azhar, with a spring his step after a superb knock on Sunday, additionally confirmed commendable resilience on a day of Test cricket that won’t dwell lengthy within the reminiscence however actually ought to have accomplished.
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