Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer insisted the acrimonious draw with England A at Canterbury would steel the tour-ists for the forthcoming npower Test series.
No wickets fell on an embarrassing final day with both sides employing occasional bowlers for long periods. When Pakistan batted for a second time with 507 required for victor, they retired openers Salman Butt and Imran Farhat to give others an opportunity.
Already irked by the hosts' decision to plough on into the third morning before declaring on 595 for nine and sub-sequent refusal to force the follow-on despite a 353-run lead, the Pakistanis' two senior batsmen, Inzamam-ulHaq and Mohammad Yousuf, then faced the bowling of wicketkeeper Chris Read and home captain Robert Key.
"It is not going to affect our preparation, if anything it is going to make us more steely about what we have to do in the Test series," said Woolmer. "If I had been a member of the public, I would not have been too pleased," said the former Warwickshire coach. "I can understand why England did it, but I don't agree with it."
Pakistan had England A 291 for six in the first innings but 150 not out from Read and the maiden half-century of No 11 Stuart Broad's first-class career extended things into a seventh session.
"I assume that England A wanted to play it 'hard' and keep us in the field as long as they could to tire our bowl-ers," said Woolmer. "When that became obvious, we stopped bowling our main seamers. In that respect, it stopped being a game of cricket, which was a shame."
"We played really hard cricket for everything but the last hour of the game," said England A coach Peter Moores. "Once they retired two batsmen, it was no longer a competitive game."