By Michael Stafford-Jones
- Stuart Broad leads the way with three wickets as England bowl Pakistan out for 174
- Jos Buttler scores superb 80 not out and Dominic Bess makes 49 as England rack up 363
- Broad and Bess each take three wickets as hosts dismiss tourists for 134 to win by an innings
HEADINGLEY, ENGLAND – Jos Buttler, Stuart Broad and Dominic Bess star as England produce an excellent all-round display to thrash Pakistan by an innings and 55 runs.
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Alastair Cook – 7/10 – Looked good during his innings of 46 and was a bit unlucky to glove a leg-side ball to the keeper. Also took three slip catches.
Keaton Jennings – 6/10 – Combined well with Cook for England’s first 50+ opening partnership in 13 innings. Demonstrated an improved technique during his 29.
Joe Root – 7/10 – Got out for a middling score (45) yet again after playing well to get his runs. Managed his bowlers well, set logical fields and motivated his players.
Dawid Malan – 5/10 – Played a couple of good drives once he was in but looked unconvincing overall during his innings of 28.
Jonny Bairstow – 5/10 – Batted reasonably well to make 21 but got out to a loose shot.
Jos Buttler – 9/10 – Compiled a superbly-paced 80 not out to set England up for victory. Batted sensibly to begin with and then hit boundaries galore when partnered with the tail.
Chris Woakes – 6/10 – Took four wickets in the match despite a lack of recent red-ball practice. Added 17 runs to England’s total too.
Dominic Bess – 8/10 – Excellent all-round display: crucial 49 with the bat, a magnificent catch and three second-innings wickets.
Sam Curran – 6/10 – Grew in confidence with the ball as the match went on and took two wickets. Looked composed and technically sound with the bat as he made 20.
Stuart Broad – 8/10 – Dismissed both Pakistan openers within the first ten overs of the match. Led the attack fantastically well in both innings and finished with six wickets. Could have helped Buttler reach a century if he had batted with more restraint.
James Anderson – 7/10 – Took a while to find his rhythm on day one but ripped through the lower order once he had found it. Got two important early wickets in the second innings.
Azhar Ali – 2/10 – Looked all at sea in totally foreign conditions with the ball swinging and seaming on a helpful pitch. Made 2 and 11.
Imam-ul-Haq – 5/10 – Batted well to make 34 in the second innings before becoming Bess’ first Test victim. Out for a duck in the first innings.
Haris Sohail – 4/10 – Made a good start in the first innings before Woakes got him. Played a loose shot and was superbly caught by Bess second time around.
Asad Shafiq – 4/10 – Similar to Sohail: promising start in the first innings but dismissed cheaply in the second innings.
Usman Salahuddin – 5/10 – Promising debut. Got out to a good ball from Broad in the first innings but was much better when he made 33 second time around.
Sarfraz Ahmed – 3/10 – Dismissed cheaply in both innings and struggled to find ways for his bowlers to put the England batsmen in trouble.
Shadab Khan – 6/10 – Ineffective with the ball but played superbly to make his team’s only 50.
Faheem Ashraf – 7/10 – Bowled really well to take 3-60 and looks to be an excellent prospect.
Mohammad Amir – 5/10 – Did not manage to take any wickets with the new ball but eventually dismissed Root and Malan as he took 2-72.
Hasan Ali – 4/10 – Too expensive and arguably lucky to take the wickets of Cook and Anderson. Made a useful 24 in the first innings.
Mohammad Abbas – 6/10 – Bowled well for the second match in a row but England played him better this time. Ended with 2-78 in 26 overs.
England’s next match is an ODI against Scotland which begins at 11.00am on Saturday 10th June.
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