By Jake Goodwill

  • England dominate entirety of the match and ease to victory.
  • Joe Root’s 254 and unbeaten 71 earned him man of the match.
  • England victory levelled the series at 1-1.
OLD TRAFFORD, ENGLAND – The hosts levelled the match in fine style and we rate the players after the second test.

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England

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Alastair Cook (c) 8/10 – A brilliantly constructed 100 in the first innings which was overshadowed by Root’s incredible knock. Cook looked backed to his best also scoring runs in the second innings, whether they were needed or not.

Alex Hales 5/10 – An unconvincing performance from Hales. He got beaten by a good ball in the first innings but his footwork was questionable. Hales needs a score.

Joe Root 10/10 – A perfect performance from England’s finest. Root reigned himself in slightly compared to Lord’s and reaped the rewards. A relentless double century confirmed the move to number three was the correct one and put England in to a winning position. Add in to the equation runs in the second innings, catches and a wicket. What a performance.

James Vince 4/10 – Another low score and unnecessary dismissal for Vince. His driving through the offside, which has been his greatest strength in county cricket, is becoming his greatness weakness. Vince is under massive pressure in the last two matches of the series.

Gary Ballance 5/10 – Ballance will feel he missed out on a great opportunity to score runs, as did Hales and Vince. Another player who needs a score.

Ben Stokes 7/10 – He batted nicely for his 34 before being dismissed slightly unfortunately. Stokes bowled with good aggression and zip taking two wickets in the first innings. However he went off with a calf strain during Pakistan’s second innings and looks set for some more time off. A massive blow for England.

Jonny Bairstow (wk) 7/10 – More runs for Bairstow, but more importantly it was an assured performance with the gloves. A promising performance going forward.

Moeen Ali 7/10 – Ali took five wickets in the match and therefore it is hard to criticise him too much. However he was gifted the wickets to some extent and is still unconvincing. England still require Ali to improve or seek an alternative.

Chris Woakes 8/10 – Another stand out performance from Woakes. He seems to take wickets every time he bowls at the moment. Seven wickets in the match and a controlled half-century as night watchmen. His incredible performances will soften the blow that is losing Stokes.

Stuart Broad 6/10 – Broad bowled well with control but looked less threatening than England’s other seamers taking only one wicket in the match.

James Anderson 7/10 – Anderson was not quite as it his scintillating best however considering it was his first match back from injury he bowled well. His dominance of Masood was evident and his ability to swing the ball both ways remains invaluable.

 

Pakistan

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Mohammad Hafeez 6/10 – Hafeez scored 42 in the second innings however his approach always gives England a chance. Mediocre.

Shan Masood 5/10 – To his credit Masood hung around and scored 39 in the first innings whilst others threw their wickets away. However it is blatant that he cannot cope with Anderson, who has got him out six times in six innings, and Pakistan will be tempted to try out a different opener at Edgbaston.

Azhar Ali 4/10 – Ali is clearly a talented batsman but is struggling with the English conditions. He will be particularly disappointed with his dismissal in the first innings as he chipped the ball back to Woakes whilst trying to work the ball in to the leg side.

Younus Khan 5/10 – A poor match for Younus. He remains unconvincing in the slips and completely gave away his wicket in the second innings. Younus showed a lack of fight which was disappointing.

Misbah-ul-Haq (c) 7/10 – The captain once again looked Pakistan’s best batsman. His 50 in the first innings was a bit of a lone hand and he made a start again in the second. Misbah needs his top order to step up and support his exploits.

Asad Shafiq 6/10 – Shafiq failed to make a big score in the match but once again looked promising. He is clearly one of Pakistan’s better batsman and is wasted at number six. A reshuffle of the order could benefit the away side.

Sarfraz Ahmed (wk) 6/10 – The game situation did not suit Sarfraz who failed to have any real impact on the match with the bat.

Wahab Riaz 6/10 – Riaz managed to take three wickets in the first innings but his bowling left much room for improvement. He played some aggressive shots against Ali with the bat scoring an entertaining 39. Riaz picked up an injury whilst batting and did not bowl in the second innings.

Mohammad Amir 7/10 – He was by far Pakistan’s best bowler in the match. Amir was dangerous with the new ball, picking up Hales in both innings, and once again was not backed up by Pakistan’s fielding. He also looked more convincing with the bat than Riaz and Shah and should bat above them.

Yasir Shah 4/10 – What a difference a game makes. From destroying England’s batting line up with 10 wickets at Lords to figures of 1-213 and 0-53. England’s batsman deserve huge credit for dealing with him much better however Shah will know his performance dropped. It will be interesting to see how he bounces back at Edgbaston.

Rahat Ali 5/10 – He managed to pick up the wickets of Vince and Balance but Pakistan need more from him. Ali is also a terrible night watchman.

The Series continues on the 3rd of August at Edgbaston. 

 

Jake Goodwill is a History student at the University of Bristol who covers Cricket and Rugby Union for Britwatch Sports. Find him on twitter @jakegoodwill1. Check out his blog here.

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