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England aim to eat into Pakistan’s big lead after Mark Wood takes final wicket

Pakistan added 13 runs on Saturday morning.


Mark Wood took the final wicket

Mark Wood took the final wicket

Mark Wood took the final wicket

Mark Wood wrapped up the Pakistan innings early on day three at Lord’s to give England’s batsmen a chance for atonement in the first NatWest Test.

Wood had Mohammad Abbas caught behind in the day’s fifth over to bowl out the tourists for 363.

Joe Root’s side will bat again with a deficit of 179 runs after they capitulated to 184 all out after winning the toss and electing to bat on day one.

If England are to fight their way back into the contest and avoid a sixth defeat in eight Tests, they will need a much-improved batting display from Thursday.

Alastair Cook hit 70 and was the only member of the top four to reach double figures as the hosts were dismissed on the first day.

Pakistan suffered a blow on Friday evening with the news that Babar Azam, who retired hurt for 68 on Friday after being stuck by Ben Stokes, is set to miss the rest of his side’s tour after an X-ray showed he suffered a fracture to his forearm, just above his left wrist.