Web Desk - Pakistani batsmen fought bravely on the fourth day of the final Test at Southampton to avoid defeat against England as pacer James Anderson was left just one shy of becoming only the fourth bowler to take 600 Test wickets.
A combination of poor catching, bad weather and some determined Pakistan batting conspired against the English pacer Anderson at Southampton on Monday.
Anderson, denied an early breakthrough when Jos Buttler dropped a routine chance to reprieve Shan Masood, returned for a third spell late on the fourth day of the third Test to have opener Abid Ali lbw.
That took the 38-year-old to 599 Test wickets but even though the floodlights were on, the umpires ruled the only way play could continue safely was with spin from both ends.
As a result Anderson, who had miserly figures of 1-18 from 12 overs was replaced by England captain Joe Root, who bowled his part-time off-breaks in partnership with frontline spinner Dom Bess.
If England avoids defeat they will win their first Test campaign against Pakistan in a decade. Root´s men are 1-0 up in a three-match campaign.