James Taylor impresses against Pakistan as Ben Stokes suffers injury

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Day two of the third test between England and Pakistan finished in Dubai with the recalled James Taylor unbeaten on 74 for the away side, putting his country in a strong position heading into day three.

However, news on Ben Stokes' injury removed some pleasure from Taylor's innings, with the flame-haired all-rounder ruled out of bowling again in this test, and his tour put in jeopardy.

Replacing the out of form Jos Buttler, Nottinghamshire's Taylor was drafted in for his first test cap since August 2012, batting at number 5 behind Joe Root, who was dismissed for just four from the bowling of Rahat Ali.


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Taylor strangled some previously dangerous bowling from Ali and Shoaib Malik before kicking on to produce his highest test score for his country.

Stokes' injury was revealed this morning by England Cricket, who said the Durham player had suffered a 'collar bone joint injury'.

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Stokes had been taken from the field during play and shipped off to hospital following an attempted catch which resulted in an awkward landing on his right shoulder.

Scans later revealed that he would be unable to bowl for the remainder of the test and his collar bone joint injury is likely to rule him out of the One-Day series which begins next Wednesday.

Taylor has received heavy praise in the past few months as more pundits have called for his inclusion in the England test side, as Taylor currently boasts an impressive career first class average of 47.2.

Warwickshire's Ian Bell also continued his return to form registering a strong 40, though worries regarding Alistair Cook's opening partner have resurfaced once again, with Moeen Ali caught behind falling to Malik for a poor 14 runs.

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