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England v Pakistan – story of the second day of the first Test

England have made much of their own trouble with shoddy batting and fielding at Lord’s.

Asad Shafiq, right, was one of four Pakistan batsmen to go past 50 (John Walton/PA)
Asad Shafiq, right, was one of four Pakistan batsmen to go past 50 (John Walton/PA)

England paid a heavy price for their own faulty batting as Pakistan demonstrated how it should be done on day two of the first NatWest Test at Lord’s.

Babar Azam top-scored with 68 before having to retire hurt, and the tourists duly put themselves in a position surely beyond even their own best hopes back when Joe Root had chosen to bat first the previous morning.

After Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali and Shadab Khan also reached 50, Pakistan closed 166 in front on 350 for eight and apparently on course to inflict England’s sixth defeat in their last eight Tests.

Another tutorial for England

Kane Williamson gave England a masterclass in batting in New Zealand recently (Nigel French/PA)

Kane Williamson spent a couple of days in Auckland showing the tourists how they ought to have batted there, after their 58 all out two months ago. Here, Pakistan have been doing likewise at Lord’s. The hope must be that at some point the long-game know-how rubs off on England’s strokemakers.

Stat of the day

166 – Pakistan’s lead leaves England with a yawning mid-match disadvantage.


Alastair Cook endured a poor day in the field (Anthony Devlin/PA)

Estimates of England’s dropped catches ranged between six, from the harshest judges, to a mere four with those more generous. Either way, it was fair to say that they had added to their own problems with a below-average display in the field.

Tweet of the day

What next?

An uphill battle for England to avoid another defeat.

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