England v Pakistan – story of the third day of the second Test
England avoided a third successive series defeat by beating Pakistan at Headingley
England surged to an innings victory well inside three days over Pakistan at Headingley to put their Lord’s defeat behind them and ensure a drawn series.
Joe Root’s team went into the second Test under pressure, with calls for senior players to be dropped and coach Trevor Bayliss’ position in doubt – but after a rallying call from their captain, they were on top throughout.
Jos Buttler finished unbeaten on 80 in England’s 363 all out, and then Dom Bess (three for 33) took his first Test wickets as Pakistan were bowled out for 134 and the hosts prevailed by an innings and 55 runs.
Stat of the day
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Geoff Pullar is the only other player out on his birthday for his age! He was out for 26 on his 26th...
20/20 – not a branding update for a short-format competition, but a first-innings summary for England debutant Sam Curran. Twenty today, he was out for 20 – according to the statisticians, only the second cricketer in Test history after obdurate former England opener Geoff Pullar in 1961 to be dismissed for his exact age on his birthday.
Buttler fits the bill
It was a surprise to many when new national selector Ed Smith named Buttler in his first squad – but after back-to-back half-centuries in his first two matches following an 18-month hiatus in his Test career, few can argue Buttler does not add to the team at number seven. He had a little fortune on his way to an unbeaten 80, and the shot he played when dropped on just four was a poor one. Nonetheless, the white-ball wicketkeeper has a Test future again.
Tweet of the day
Broad v Vaughan: Part IV
These sequels are coming thick and fast. It may be best for all concerned if the curious spat between England’s strike bowler and his former captain comes to an end. On Sunday morning, however, there was another chapter when Broad defended his right to respond to criticism he has described as “targeted” and “unfair”. His Mail on Sunday column did not seek to stoke the fire especially, though, and was most notable for its brevity – and its reference to Vaughan not by name but by the generic “a pundit”.
A limited-overs interlude for England, starting in Edinburgh against Scotland next weekend – and then Australia at The Oval.