England v Pakistan - Story of the fourth day of the…

02 June, 2018, 00:35 | Author: Anita Tucker
  • Pakistan thrash England to win first Test

England coach Trevor Bayliss was far from impressed with his team's showing, saying; "The problem is that we didn't bat very well at all".

Pakistan won the Test match by nine wickets taking a 1-0 lead in the two Test-match series.

What made this thrashing - just England's third defeat in any home Test that started in May - all the more galling for Joe Root's side was that they were outplayed in classic English conditions by a youthful Pakistan side, whose batting, bowling and fielding was markedly superior throughout.

Mohammad Amir has had both some of his best and worst days at Lord's, getting on the honours board in 2010 in a Test where he was involved in a spot-fixing scandal that saw the Pakistan paceman jailed and banned from cricket for five years.

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But, in truth the damage had always been done by a pair of top-order slumps that saw England, so often dominant in early-season home conditions, dismissed for 184 in their first innings before declining to 110 for six second time around.

Can the team - and Root in particular - restore some pride in the second Test starting at Headingley on Friday?

Pakistan began the day by adding 13 runs to their overnight 350-8 before being bowled out for 363 in reply to England's disappointing first-innings total of 184, which ended with the last five wickets falling for just 16 runs.

It's hard to argue that the latest Test match defeat will be something the England squad and fans alike want to forget about and put behind them instantly. "The other thing we need is some putting pressure on from the outside and making plenty of runs and that's not necessarily happening either".

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This, critics argue, means the odds are weighted too heavily in favour of medium-pacers who would be non-threatening on better pitches, with batsmen consequently less inclined to get their heads down than they would on more reliable surfaces. Usually when we lose one or two quick wickets, it usually follows with another two or three so that's something we have sit down - we've done it in the past which may make things worse - and continue to work on.

"Jos Buttler and Dom Bess showed the approach early on his very important: let the ball come, play it under your eyes, get yourself in and give yourself a chance".

Captain Joe Root batted patiently, content to defend and take advantage of the rare loose balls served up by a disciplined Pakistan attack. It s got to be concentration, I think, and confidence. "We continually deliver that type of message and are continually working on it in the nets".

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