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England almost snatched a win on a flat pitch in the first Test in Abu Dhabi, with captain Alastair Cook and Adil Rashid leading from the front. Cook scored a record-breaking 263, while Rashid took 5-64 in the second innings on debut. We ask former England all-rounder Dominic Cork for his thoughts on both, plus what England can expect in the second Test in Dubai...Can captain Cooks form continue? Watch England captain Alastair Cook reach his double century against Pakistan in the first Test in Abu Dhabi I think so. He looks in good form at the moment. He is a lot more stable at the crease and gets into good positions. He is mentally in a better place as well and like any sportsman, if you’re mentally in a better place, he just looks more at ease.As a captain, he has been under pressure for a while – stripped of the one-day captaincy - with a lot of criticism about his style of captaincy too. But he lead from the front, and when you watch good captains from around the world, this is what they do.It was a record-breaking innings in length. The way he composed himself under massive pressure after Pakistan posted a huge first innings total, showed the attitude is ‘it doesn’t matter what the opposition do – we can 100 per cent win in the UAE’. They have a good chance now.How did you rate Rashids debut? Adil Rashid salutes after taking five wickets on debut for England against Pakistan in Abu Dhavi It obviously doesnt sound great when your figure are 0-163 in your first bowl in Test cricket, but to finish with 5-64 in the second innings, almost bowling England to victory, is some turnaround. Great signs that we have a leg-spinner now who can take wickets and possibly win games for England.In the first innings he was getting himself too close into the sumps with his release, closing himself off. Where as in the second innings he went slightly wider, put more revolutions on the ball which enabled him to get more dip, and made it difficult for the Pakistan batsmen. He can also bowl the googly out of the back of his hand, and that is something I dont think they picked very well in the second innings. Who else stood out from first Test? James Anderson of England celebrates bowling Shan Masood of Pakistan during the firstTest in Abu Dhabi A lot of people said that Jimmy Anderson wouldnt be successful. And people who say that really annoy me, because this guy is the leading wicket-taker for England. They think he needs swing, and he hasnt got the pace anymore. But he has so much skill.It doesnt matter what wicket he plays on, he can swing the ball away, and constantly challenges the batsmen because of the areas he bowls. Abu Dhabi, one of the flattest wickets you could play Test cricket on, and he still came out with respectable figures, 4-72.Should England fear Shah return? Yasir Shah has England in his sights ahead of Pakistans Test with Alastair Cooks side in Dubai Yes, because he is a match-winner. A bit like Rashid, he has the ability to turn the ball both ways, and he has 61 wickets in 10 Tests. Plus his record in Dubai in particular is excellent, with 14 scalps in two Tests.He has already come out and said that England players dont like facing spin, particularly leg-spin. But I think he should just stick to his own game, and do what he does best. On his day he can put England under pressure and will be a massive threat.What to expect in Dubai? David Lloyd interrupts his round of golf to give his thoughts ahead of the second Test between Pakistan and England Expect very similar. Im hoping there will be a bit more life in the pitch, a bit more bounce and carry for both seamers and spinners. Pakistans coach Waqar Younis said we didnt order that pitch in Abu Dhabi, it was what was given to them.But whatever the surface in Dubai, both sides will win the toss and choose to bat first. Hopefully England can do that and put a big score together because as we saw in Pakistans second innings, a little bit of panic started to set in with the senior players - Younus Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Shoaib Malik - playing poor shots. Englands tour of the UAE to play Pakistan is live on Sky Sports, continuing with the second Test in Dubai, from 6.30am on Thursday 22nd October. You can also watch without a contract on NOW TV. Also See: Five Things: Abu Dhabi Zone masterclasses England fixtures/results Sky Cricket Podcast Dick Butkus Jersey . Ronaldo failed to connect on an ample number of opportunities at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. But Karim Benzema and Jese Rodriguez scored in each half for Madrid to come out of the first leg with the firm advantage. Kyle Fuller Jersey . 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The 29-year-old middleweight from New York City broke his toe in the first round against Brazils Thiago Santos on Saturday night. And things got more gruesome after that. The crowd at the Mandalay Bay Events Center first noticed the injury when the cameras zoomed in on the disfigured toe after the first round. There was an audible groan around the arena when it was shown on the big screens. Hall came out for the second round, with the top of the toe next to his big toe sticking up almost vertically. "I remember throwing a front kick and he blocked it but I didnt realize I had broken my toe," Hall said later. "I was putting it in my head that it wasnt broken but I kept looking down and seeing it. I tried to pop it back in after the round ended before the (Nevada State Athletic) Commission inspectors came over and saw it but they were too quick for me. "In the moment you just feel numb and luckily that pushes you on in the fight. But in between rounds it creeps into your mind that you should stop so Im very thankful for my coaches who kept my head in the game and supported me the whole way through. . . . In that third round I just thought to myself this is my time to prove to everyone that I have what it takes..ddddddddddddI left it all out there." The ringside physician spoke to Hall after the second round but let him finish. By the end of the fight, the dislodged bone had poked a hole through the skin. Hall (10-4) won by unanimous decision, admitting that he could feel the bone shifting in and out of his skin as the bout wore on. He limped out of the cage with his arm around a cornermans shoulder. His toe was pointed in a different direction. "It was a pretty nasty break," UFC president Dana White said by way of understatement. Hall was taken to hospital after the fight, tweeting pictures of medical staff at work put his toe back where it should be. 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