England in trouble as Pakistan take charge

Babar Azam had to leave field after copping a blow to his forearm while batting on 68

Inzi (Pakistan selection chief and former Test batsman Inzamam-ul-Haq) talked to him one-on-one and then Mickey talked to him, I spoke to him.

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.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said he felt both surprised and proud after his inexperienced side outplayed England during a dominant nine-wicket win in the first Test at Lord's.

For England, Alastair Cook has gained one place to reach 15th position after scores of 70 and one while fast bowler James Anderson has retained his second slot with four wickets in the match but lost two points and is now eight points behind top-ranked Kagiso Rabada of South Africa. "We were outperformed in all three departments". "These conditions suit us as well".

Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed has been fined 60 per cent of his match fee.

"Tomorrow we need to make it as big as we can - 150 would be great, (but) we'd probably be trying to think more like 200", he said. The only other defeats were against Pakistan in 2016, South Africa in 2012, and Australia in 2005.

"He's told us to pitch it up to take wickets in England", explained Sarfraz.

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Yet it was Pakistan, fresh from a trio of county warm-up matches and a five-wicket win over Test debutants Ireland in Dublin, who looked as if they were the home side. "I am very proud of my team", Pakistan captain Sarfraz said.

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.

Had it not been for a century stand between Jos Buttler and Dom Bess on Saturday afternoon, England would lost by an innings inside three days. Buttler was 66 not out and Bess 55 not out after marking his Test debut with a fine fifty.

But eight balls into Sunday´s play and having added only one more run, Buttler was lbw to Mohammad Abbas for 67 after missing an intended drive.

The Aussies came out 4-0 winners, and England's recent run of results seems like a world away from last summer's victories over South Africa and the West Indies.

But Broad´s batting has gone downhill since he was struck in the face by a bouncer from India´s Varun Aaron in the fourth Test at Old Trafford four years ago. Two balls later, Bairstow fell for a duck when left-arm quick Amir produced a superb delivery that cut back to clip the top of off stump.

This is the career-best in Test matches for Hasan, who is now ranked fourth in ODIs after having attained top rank in the format in October a year ago.

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