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Last Updated: Saturday, 12 November 2005, 13:00 GMT
Udal delighted after debut wicket
England debutant Shaun Udal said it was a dream come true to get a wicket in his first match.

The 36-year-old spinner dismissed Salman Butt for 74 as Pakistan closed the day on 244-6.

Udal said: "I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. The ball came straight off Trescothick's head, bounced up in the air and Jones caught it.

"I was over the moon although Trescothick looked as though he had been hit by a sniper in the crowd!"

He sent down 17 overs during the day for figures of 1-47, a decade after his last flirtation with international cricket in the mid-1990s when he played 10 one-day appearances.

"It's a special moment - your first wicket in Test cricket and when you've waited 19 years to play it's even better.

"It's only one wicket - I'm not going to get carried away, but it's a special one," he said.

Reflecting on his spell as a whole, Udal continued: "I was fine until my first ball disappeared for four and then I was a little bit panicky.

"But after that it worked very well. It was nice to get the ball to turn and bounce early in my spell to the left-hander (Butt)."

England did not panic when Pakistan were 160-1 in the afternoon session.

Marcus Trescothick
Trescothick highlights where the ball hit his head

After Udal had dismissed Butt, Andrew Flintoff, Steve Harmison and Matthew Hoggard turned the match to England's favour.

"This side has been together for a long time and know how to handle difficult situations. It was a matter of being patient and disciplined and sticking to our plans," Udal said.

"Just to get off the mark in Test cricket was all I could have asked for and we've had a really good day.

"It's been a team effort and we've come back sensationally well and we're in the driving seat after day one."

Interview: England's Shaun Udal


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