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- England all out for 184 having won the toss and elected to bat first
- Pakistan close on 50/1, they trail by 134
CLOSE - OVER 23: Pakistan 50/1 (Ali 18 Haris 21)
Change of ends from Ben Stokes who will bowl the last over of the day. Ali looking solid, getting well across his stumps to cover any movement away from the bat.
Leg slip in now for the last three balls – and Stokes goes for the double bluff with a full and wide one, well left by Ali. No alarms, that’s Pakistan through to the close.
Much to ponder for Root and England, that was Pakistan’s day hands down.
That’s all, back tomorrow!
OVER 22: Pakistan 50/1 (Ali 18 Haris 21)
Dominic Bess gets his first bowl in Test cricket! Around the wicket to Haris, and the crowd are oohhing and aahhing every ball. Good aggressive lines so far from the off-spinner, targeting the stumps.
Haris gets one cut shot through the cordon however, and that runs away for four.
OVER 21: Pakistan 46/1 (Ali 16 Haris 16)
Short leg in for Wood and two men out on the hook. Fires one into Ali’s rib that flicks the glove but drops safely.
Then Wood goes for the fuller delivery but Ali is not caught on the backfoot and leans into it nicely. Then he cracks a drive that looked destined for the boundary but Stuart Broad stopped well at extra cover.
OVER 20: Pakistan 43/1 (Ali 16 Haris 16)
Good stuff from Stokes, he gets one to grip in the surface. Leaning edge from Ali bit it drops well short of mid-on. Another maiden goes by. Might be time for another three overs.
OVER 19: Pakistan 43/1 (Ali 16 Haris 16)
Wood strikes Haris on the back pad, but even so it looked high. England and Root rightly decide not to review.
With the last ball of the over, Wood finds the outside edge – Imam playing across the line – and Stokes dives in front of second slip and drops it! Chance gone.
OVER 18: Pakistan 41/1 (Ali 15 Haris 15)
Azhar Ali squirts a drive away for four, but not much wrong with that from Stokes – a little over-pitched perhaps. Only 20 minutes remaining for England to make inroads.
OVER 17: Pakistan 37/1 (Ali 11 Haris 14)
Wood gets a little bit of shape back in to the right-hander for the first time in the game. Ali throws his hands at a delivery he really didn’t need to. One of the widest ball Wood has bowled.
OVER 16: Pakistan 36/1 (Ali 11 Haris 14)
Ben Stokes introduced after Broad’s seven-over spell. Around the wicket to the left-handed Imam, and that is beautiful length from Stokes. Imam pushing forward tentatively, and it beats the outside edge.
Stokes using a shorter run, and coming from wide on the crease. One delivery at the right-hander Ali, who picks up one off his hip.
OVER 15: Pakistan 32/1 (Ali 10 Haris 11)
Too many easy leaves for Pakistan at the moment, and England are struggling to get the ball to hoop around despite the gloomy conditions. Good pace from Wood but not much movement.
OVER 14: Pakistan 32/1 (Ali 10 Haris 11)
Nice steer down to third man from Haris, just opening the face late. In-swinger from Broad clips the pad and runs away for four leg byes. Pakistan through another over unscathed.
OVER 13: Pakistan 26/1 (Ali 10 Haris 9)
Mark Wood has a speculative shout for lbw but that is always too high. Strong call of ‘No’ from Ali, no need to take any risks now. Wood tries to test his chin, but Ali ducks underneath the short ball comfortably.
That was a sharp one, 89.7 mph, and produces a play and miss, climbing and beating the outside edge.
OVER 12: Pakistan 26/1 (Ali 10 Haris 9)
Broad continues from the Nursery End. Another maiden over, but no wickets and Pakistan will take a few more of those.
OVER 11: Pakistan 26/1 (Ali 10 Haris 9)
England questioning whether the ball is out of shape. Umpire has a go at it with a his utensil and throws it back to England – no new ball. Mark Wood is a change of bowler, however. A bit of extra pace, can he skid one through Pakistan’s defences?
More sharp running from Pakistan and Ali picks up another single. Inside edge from Haris, but he gets away with a single down to wide fine leg. Nicely timed nudge through the legside for two from Ali.
OVER 10: Pakistan 22/1 (Ali 7 Haris 8)
Broad pushes Haris back with a short ball but the Pakistan batsman ducks under it well. Can England get this ball to swing under the lights? Another short ball from Broad that Haris ducks under – he is he looking to set him up for a fuller ball. Half-hearted lbw appeal comes to nothing.
OVER 9: Pakistan 22/1 (Ali 7 Haris 8)
Anderson does get one up at a full length but Azhar Ali nudges it through mid-off but picks up three. Pakistan ticking off the overs until the close – they are in the ascendancy.
OVER 8: Pakistan 17/1 (Ali 6 Haris 4)
Broad wraps Azhar Ali on the pad twice, but the fact both were well outside the line of off stump does not stop his vociferous appeals.
Better lengths from Broad, but he drifts too far down the legside with his fifth delivery. The floodlights have just been switched on at Lord’s. Another maiden.
OVER 7: Pakistan 17/1 (Ali 6 Haris 4)
Enthusiastic appeal from Anderson, but Root decides not to review. The right decision, was high and drifting down the legside by a considerable distance.
Anderson and Broad still reluctant to push the ball up too far – Broad’s wicket came from the fullest ball of the innings which gives them a hint.
OVER 6: Pakistan 16/1 (Ali 6 Haris 4)
Azhar Ali doesn’t cash-in on a full Broad delivery that is a little too straight, clipping straight to mid-wicket. Bairstow gets a glove on another difficult take down the legside, but cannot fully stop the leg-bye.
Big Broad appeal for lbw – and England are reviewing! Fair delivery, pitches in line and there certainly no bat. WICKET! That is hitting off-stump – it always looked good that one, and Imam is gone for four.
Haris Sohail the new man at the crease. That was much better by Broad, Haris comes forward and misses by a long way. Full slip cordon now, five in there. Broad strays straight, and that’s easy pickings for Haris. Whips it away for four through square leg.
OVER 5: Pakistan 11/0 (Ali 6 Imam 4)
Good running from Pakistan – and we haven’t always been able to say that over the years – and Ali picks up a single. Anderson has not quite got his radar right to the left-handed Imam. Another over safely negotiated.
OVER 4: Pakistan 10/0 (Ali 5 Imam 4)
Imam continues to leave well, but Broad is not doing enough to tempt him. Broad yet to find full control of line and length.
Manages to extract some real bounce from his fifth delivery, and Iman manages to squirt a drive away wide of gully that runs away for four. A little bit of outside edge in that but it will do.
OVER 3: Pakistan 5/0 (Ali 5 Imam 0)
Anderson goes full but Ali gets his bat down in time to dig it out. His second delivery nips back down the slope, but goes over the top of off stump , well left.
Ali punches down the ground, and it runs away for four to get him and Pakistan off the mark. Ali follows that up with a clipped single to the wide fine leg.
Great take from Bairstow down the legside to prevent byes.
OVER 2: Pakistan 0/0 (Ali 0 Imam 0)
Imam has a real waft at Broad’s short and wide loosener, that was a bit skittish. Gets away with it.
Much better with the second delivery, shoulders and arms and the ball flies through the Buttler. Only Imam’s second Test, at Lord’s against Anderson and Broad on a greenish pitch.
After that initial hiccup, Imam leaves well and is safely through to the non-strikers end.
OVER 1: Pakistan 0/0 (Ali 0 Imam 0)
England get the chance to bowl in favourable conditions, but can they pitch the ball up enough?
James Anderson from the Pavilion End, three slips and a gully. Immediately a full length that makes Ali play.
A couple of shot balls are easily left, but Anderson’s fifth of the over is a beauty. Hint of movement through the air and off the pitch and it beats the outside edge. Anderson starts with a maiden.
Get the ball up
Pakistan’s four seamers all picked up wickets, bowling really good lengths, full and drawing England forward. Here is how they bowled to England’s left-handers.
England all out for 184
Nice punch shot down the ground from Wood, and even up the hill it runs away for four. Not the best attempt from Amir to stop the boundary.
WICKET! That’s that. Wood having to play some shots, splices an attempted pull to mid-on, another good piece of catching from Pakistan.
Another collapse from England, 5-16 from 28 deliveries. Bitterly disappointing having fought through the predicted tricky first session. Penny for Root’s thoughts
OVER 58: England 180/9 (Wood 3 Anderson 0)
Nicely times from Bess, he steps into one, keeps his balance well and flicks it away for four through mid-wicket. Looking unfazed thus far.
And the curse of the liveblogger strikes again….WICKET!
Full delivery from Abbas, almost a half-volley, outside Bess’ off-stump and he cannot resist the drive. Another edge through to Shafiq at second slip but this chance was far simpler than the last and he makes no mistake.
Stuart Broad, who once made 169 against Pakistan at Lord’s in his younger days, needs to knuckle down.
No heroics from Broad today, trapped LBW by Abbas. That look very adjacent, nipped back and hit in front of middle. No appeal and Broad trudges off. Fantastic stuff from around the wicket, Abbas.
Jimmy Anderson leaves well.
OVER 57: England 176/7 (Wood 3 Bess 1)
Bess looking solid enough but is yet to get off the mark having faces eight deliveries. A little short from Hasan in this over, he needs to get Bess coming forward – not making him play enough. Bess leaving outside his off-stump well.
Over compensates, and Bess gets his first Test run to the legside.
OVER 56: England 174/7 (Wood 2 Bess 0)
Not much to come for England, only Broad and Anderson. They might not mind having a bowl tonight, the ball is starting to nip through. Another tight over from Abbas.
OVER 55: England 173/7 (Wood 1 Bess 0)
WICKET! What a disastrous start to the session for England.
Magnificent slip-work from Shafiq who snaffles a sharp chance off the bowling of Hasan Ali. A thick edge from Buttler absolutely flew at him but he holds on. England seven down and their two gun players back in the pavilion.
Hasan then gets one to climb on new batsman Mark Wood, wrapping him on the thigh and it runs between the slip cordon for four leg byes. Wood scampers through for a single to keep the strike.
OVER 54: England 168/6 (Buttler 14 Bess 0)
Abbas starts from the Nursery End. Not too much to fear with the ball more than 50-overs old and the pitch gently paced.
Stokes walks down the wicket and gets in behind one to block. Then a healthy LBW appeal from the bowler, turned down by the umpire who judged it pitched outside the line.
Pakistan appeal…and what a good appeal it was! Wicket! Stokes gone – Hawkeye showed the ball just pitched in-line with leg stump. A shake off the head from Stokes as he walks off but you cannot argue with the technology.
Dominic Bess to the crease. Survives his first ball in Test cricket – wicket maiden.
EVENING SESSION – OVER 53: England 168/5 (Buttler 14 Stokes 38)
This could be quite the final session with Buttler and Stokes at the crease, will they look to counter-attack or curb their natural instincts.
Hasan from the Pavillion with the first over of the session. The sun is just starting to peek through the clouds at Lord’s, perhaps Root is anticipating some turn later in the game hence the decision to make Pakistan bat last.
Stokes clips one off his hip for a single. Buttler pushes one to mid-off and that’s another easy single, Hasan again strays a little too straight and Stokes helps himself to another.
OVER 52: England 165/5 (Buttler 13 Stokes 36)
Amir with the final over before tea. The first ball results in an appeal as Stokes gets hit on the pads, but it was going down leg and it is quickly muffled.
Good lines from Amir and a second muted appeal. Fine bowling, solid batting. AND THAT’S TEA!
OVER 51: England 164/5 (Buttler 13 Stokes 35)
Shadab to Buttler and a single. These two – Buttler and Stokes – are rotating the strike nicely, keeping the scoreboard ticking along. Two from the over.
OVER 50: England 162/5 (Buttler 12 Stokes 34)
Just under 10 minutes until tea, can England hold out? Amir runs in and Stokes picks up a single to put Buttler on strike. The expectancy level inside Lord’s suddenly rises. He too picks up a single, although he has to get a shift on to beat the throw.
OVER 49: England 160/5 (Buttler 11 Stokes 33)
Shadab to Buttler and, straight from his IPL playbook, he goes down on one knee and sweeps from outside off to short fine leg to pick up two… followed by a four on the leg side… and then a four through the off side. Ten off the over.
OVER 48: England 150/5 (Buttler 1 Stokes 33)
Amir to Cook and a back-foot punch sees the ball fly up the slope for four. England’s opener moves into the 70s.
WICKET! Cook b Amir for 70. Eng 149/5 – Huge grown from the Lord’s crowd as Amir gets one to hold its line and knock back Cook’s off stump. Beautiful bowling.
It’s time for Jos Buttler. He’s been brilliant in the IPL, how will he do in whites? He gets off the mark with a streaky inside edge.
OVER 47: England 145/4 (Cook 66 Stokes 33)
Shadab gives the ball a bit of air and Stokes… GIVES IT A LOT OF AIR – SIX! The first maximum of the game as Stokes hammers that a long, long way. Right in his arc. He brought that back from the IPL.
OVER 46: England 139/4 (Cook 66 Stokes 27)
Amir to Stokes and the Englishman finds the gap with a punched drive off the back foot through cover. Three runs. Not quite off the middle of the bat, a bit toey.
Great leave by Cook as Amir gets one to zip back into the batsman down the hill. Cook, though, is seeing the ball like a man who is in the runs.
OVER 45: England 136/4 (Cook 66 Stokes 24)
Pakistan continue with the spin of Shadab. I say spin, but there’s very little of it. A wrong’un does manage to find the edge of Stokes’ bat but it goes past first slip and down to the boundary for four.
Cook also gets in on the four action, this time in a more controlled manner, with a cover drive.
OVER 44: England 126/4 (Cook 61 Stokes 19)
Huge appeal from Hasan Ali and the slips as he gets one to swing in to Stokes’ pads. Umpire shakes his head, though, and replays show it was going down leg and pitching outside the line. Pakistan did think about reviewing it.
Stokes retaliates by biffing a straight one off his toes for four to the midwicket boundary.
OVER 43: England 122/4 (Cook 61 Stokes 15)
A bit of spin as Shadab Khan is brought back into the attack. He has a high, loopy delivery and with a long-on in place Cook has an easy out with a single. Two singles in the over.
OVER 42: England 120/4 (Cook 60 Stokes 14)
Hasan Ali to Stokes and the bowler pitches one up for the left-hander to drive down the ground for four.
Another pitched up is also smacked back, this time even straighter, and Hasan is left shaking his hand in pain as he manages to stick a palm out and block the speeding ball from going for four down the ground. That was a stinger.
OVER 41: England 116/4 (Cook 60 Stokes 10)
SHOT! Cook, striding forward, on the half-volley, drives the ball through cover for four. Majestic.
OVER 40: England 110/4 (Cook 56 Stokes 9)
Hasan Ali – a right-arm seamer - is bowling around the wicket to Stokes, looking for that bit of away nip.
Appeals from Pakistan for lbw as Stokes advances and gets hit on the pad, but there’s was bat involved too.
Applause from the Lord’s crowd as Stoke punches the bowler back down the ground for four.
OVER 39: England 105/4 (Cook 56 Stokes 5)
Opportunity knocks for Pakistan if they can pick up another wicket or two before tea as Faheem bowls a maiden. Drinks time.
OVER 38: England 105/4 (Cook 56 Stokes 5)
First boundary from Stokes as he leans into a full, wide one from Hasan Ali and punches the ball through the covers for four.
OVER 37: England 101/4 (Cook 56 Stokes 1)
Faheem back into the attack and… Booom!
WICKET! Bairstow b Faheem for 27. Eng 100/4 – YJB just missed it, beaten on the outside edge. It didn’t seem to move that much, he just played down the wrong line and clean bowled. A big, big moment in this match. England tottering.
Here’s Stokes, who gets off the mark with a streaky inside edge for one.
OVER 36: England 100/3 (Cook 56 Bairstow 27)
A loose, wide one first up from Hasan Ali, who is brought back into the attack, and Cook’s eyes light up, but his crunching cut shot is drilled straight to the fielder who prevents a certain four.
No matter, though, as Cook does find the boundary rope with a push off his hips in front of square. Cook looks in the mood.
Cook also brings up England’s 100 with another fine cut shot and this time the fielder fails to stop it dead, enabling England to pick up two.
OVER 35: England 94/3 (Cook 50 Bairstow 27)
Bairstow attempts to drive at Abbas and gets a thick edge to backward point, and he picks up two. That was a rare wideish one from Abbas, with everything else on the money.
OVER 34: England 92/3 (Cook 50 Bairstow 25)
Good running between Bairstow and Cook as they pick up quick singles and turn ones into twos.
OVER 33: England 89/3 (Cook 50 Bairstow 22)
Abbas to Cook. Dot ball (left), dot ball (left), dot ball (left), dot ball (blocked), change of angle, dot ball (blocked), dot ball (blocked). Maiden.
OVER 32: England 89/3 (Cook 50 Bairstow 22)
Amir, over the wicket to Bairstow, fires one across the batsman and the Englishman launches into him, striking the ball over the top of the inner ring of fielders and it goes clattering into the boundary hoardings for four.
Amir, stung by this assault, decides to go around the wicket.
OVER 31: England 85/3 (Cook 50 Bairstow 18)
Abbas comes steaming in, he’s bowling very close to the stumps, clearly looking for lbws. When he does try a bouncer, his radar is off and Sarfraz does well to get his fingertips to a high, wide one and take enough pace off it to prevent a four.
OVER 30: England 84/3 (Cook 50 Bairstow 18)
The ball is really zipping around out of the hands of Amir, his pace is up and he’s beating Cook’s bat regularly now. Cook is also leaving the ball like a pro, which is frustrating the bowler. Maiden over.
OVER 29: England 84/3 (Cook 50 Bairstow 18)
Smiles from Bairstow, frustration from Abbas as he bamboozles YJB with a ball that pitches and then seams a little, beats the bat and misses the off stump by a cat’s whisker. Bairstow decides to attack the next delivery and has a waft at a wide one, but misses. Cue plenty of staring.
Abbas then puts one right in the slot for Bairstow to on-drive, on the up, straight face, skimming to the boundary.
OVER 28: England 80/3 (Cook 50 Bairstow 14)
Amir is getting in the swing now, quite literally, as he gets the ball to nip away from Cook’s outside edge at the last moment. Unplayable.
Cook brings up his fifty with a thick edge wide of gully for four. Applause all round.
OVER 27: England 76/3 (Cook 46 Bairstow 14)
We’re back. It’s about Even-Stevens now, especially in these bowler-friendly conditions, thanks to this partnership between Cook and Bairstow.
Abbas opens the bowling after lunch… and his line and length are bang on immediately. The sky is a tad cloudy so it’s a good time to bowl.
Bairstow gets a thick outside edge and the ball is airborne for a while as it flies past third slip for four.
OVER 26: England 72/3 (Cook 46 Bairstow 10)
More Amir, bowling over the wicket and looking to slant the ball across Bairstow. He nearly produces the perfect result as shape and seam off the pitch sees the ball fizz past the bat. That was sooooo close.
And speaking of close, Cook plays and misses too. The England batsmen are living a bit of a charmed life right now. AND THAT’S LUNCH.
OVER 25: England 71/3 (Cook 46 Bairstow 9)
We have legspin as Shadab Khan comes into the attack just before lunch and Cook bags a single, first ball, nurdled off his pad. Three more singles follow.
OVER 24: England 67/3 (Cook 44 Bairstow 7)
Amir is back for his second burst. He had four overs at the start of the day’s play, but looks down on pace compared to the other seamers.
A flirt outside off stump at a wide one by Bairstow has everyone pursing their lips. YJB wants to attack anything wide but that was close, too close.
OVER 23: England 67/3 (Cook 44 Bairstow 7)
Beautiful, just beautiful. Cook, displaying perfect balance, shows the full face of the bat and drives Faheem back down the ground for four. That was textbook.
And another gorgeous driver, this time through off, produces another four. Eight from the over.
OVER 22: England 59/3 (Cook 36 Bairstow 7)
No surprise that Pakistan are continuing with Hasan Ali, who’s bowling round the wicket to Cook and extracts some seam movement off the surface, down the slope, that the Englishman does well to leave. He’s hitting 88mph now. A single ends the 22nd over.
OVER 21: England 58/3 (Cook 35 Bairstow 7)
England’s run rate is hovering around the 2.6 mark as Cook plays and misses again to Faheem.
Awwww, that is a thing of beauty. The bat may have turned in his hand a little, but Cook manages to punch the ball back past the bowler for four.
OVER 20: England 53/3 (Cook 30 Bairstow 7)
Hasan is bowling at a good lick now, regularly hitting 87mph. Both Cook and Bairstow are trying to make sure they get well forward to negate the ball’s movement as much as possible. Hasan in particular is getting the ball to swing both ways. Maiden over.
OVER 19: England 53/3 (Cook 30 Bairstow 7)
Brilliant delivery. Unplayable. Cook can only smile after Faheem uses the slope to get one to cut the Englishman in half, the ball seaming between body and bat and narrowly missing off stump.
OVER 18: England 53/3 (Cook 30 Bairstow 7)
Hasan Ali to Bairstow and a cover drive through the gap, not timed but three runs.
Hasan follows up with an absolute beauty, the ball pitching and moving away leaving Bairstow helpless, dangling his bat and giving a knowing smile in acknowledgement that that was unplayable.
OVER 17: England 49/3 (Cook 29 Bairstow 4)
Pakistan are on top here and Faheem continues to probe, Cook picking up two runs with a thick outside edge.
OVER 16: England 47/3 (Cook 27 Bairstow 4)
Hasan Ali to Malan… FOUR! Pitches on middle, swings into leg and clipped fine for four.
WICKET! Malan ct Sarfraz b Hasan Ali for 6. Eng 43/3 – Having just been hit to the boundary, Hasan Ali adjusts his line and Malan nicks behind. That was the tiniest of edges and superb bowling.
In comes YJB. He leaves one and that was very, VERY close. It misses Bairstow’s off stump by millimetres. Great leave and great bowling. Bairstow finishes the over with a clip for four.
OVER 15: England 39/2 (Cook 27 Malan 2)
Enthusiastic appeal from Faheem and his slips after Cook is hit on the pads. Replays show it definitely hit pad first and ball tracking says…. umpire’s call. Ooooooo that was close, but Cook survives as Hawk-Eye reckons it would only have clipped the top of off stump. Not out. And Cook shakes off his close call by pulling Faheem for four. Great response.
OVER 14: England 35/2 (Cook 23 Malan 2)
Hasan Ali to Root and there are hands on heads from Pakistan as the skipper gets a thick inside edge. There was a hint of nip there.
WICKET! Root ct Sarfraz b Hasan Ali for 4. Eng 33-2 – Terrible shot selection as Root goes after a wide one, a really wide one, and edges behind. He should have left that well alone and he’s kicking himself.
In comes Malan, and he’s off the mark straight away with a gentle offering onto his toes that he can clip away for two.
OVER 13: England 32/1 (Cook 23 Root 4)
Change of bowler as Faheem Ashraf – a medium pacer – comes into the attack. His first ball is full and floaty and Root punches firmly, but straight to cover. Three quick singles follow.
OVER 12: England 29/1 (Cook 22 Root 2)
The sun is shining down on Lord’s now and Abbas is bowling round the wicket to Cook, but the change of angle isn’t working and his line is off. He might want to go back to over because Cook doesn’t even need to play at these deliveries.
And the over ends in a four as Cook gets a thick edge and the ball bounces between second and third slip.
OVER 11: England 25/1 (Cook 18 Root 2)
Hasan Ali to Root and there’s a bit of wobble seam from the right-armer. Well left alone by the England skip, though. Another maiden. Good bowling.
OVER 10: England 25/1 (Cook 18 Root 2)
Abbas continues, 83mph, wicket-to-wicket, getting close into the umpire, full length, making the batsman play and a bit of movement either way. Ideal for English conditions… and he nearly has Cook caught behind as the England opener plays forward and the ball nips off the surface, missing the outside edge by the thinnest of margins. And again next ball! Carbon copy. This a probing stuff. Excellent maiden.
OVER 9: England 25/1 (Cook 18 Root 2)
Change of bowling as right-arm seamer Hasan Ali replaces Amir, who didn’t look at his best. Hasan is a mid-80s bowler so it’ll all be about what movement he can extract from the pitch.
Root wears one in the plums from a inside edge… ouch! The England skips laughs it off, though, after a quick rub. A quick single follows to get him off strike and enable another quick check that all is still in order downstairs.
OVER 8: England 23/1 (Cook 17 Root 1)
Muffled cries for lbw as Abbas slides one into Root’s pads, but nothing given and England pick up a leg bye. Just one off the over.
OVER 7: England 22/1 (Cook 17 Root 1)
Root gets off the mark with a single into the covers. Cook once again picks out the close fielder with a lovely shot. Just one off that over.
OVER 6: England 21/1 (Cook 17 Root 0)
Abbas is on the money at Lord’s, his line and length asking questions. A maiden over although Cook will be cursing his luck that a sweetly-timed on-drive went straight to the fielder at cover, otherwise it was a certain four.
OVER 5: England 21/1 (Cook 17 Root 0)
Consecutive boundaries from Cook off Amir, the first a clip off his pads through square leg and the second a thick edge down to third man. The second was as much a victory for the bowler as the batsman.
It’s all action in this over as Root is also very nearly run out, Cook calling for a quick single and Faheem at mid-off swooping in… Root would have been a goner had the throw been any good.
OVER 4: England 12/1 (Cook 8 Root 0)
Early suggestions are that Abbas can swing it both ways as he produces a deliver that seams past the outside edge of Stoneman’s bat. That was very close. And the next is even closer, a whisker away from the edge of the bat. Terrific bowling. Stoneman doesn’t know which way the ball is going…
WICKET! Stoneman b Abbas for 4. Eng 12/1 – Brilliant, brilliant bowling. Abbas put doubts in Stoeman’s mind with two outswingers and then scythes him in two with an inswinger that goes straight between bat and pad and clatters into the stumps.
OVER 3: England 12/0 (Cook 8 Stoneman 4)
Off line from Amir as he fires the ball too far down Cook’s leg side and the England opener is able to guide it down to fine leg for four.
But what a riposte from the Pakistan left-armer as, wider on the crease, he angles the ball in towards the off stump and Cook plays inside the line. That was close.
Cook, though, finishes the over on top as he produces a text-book cover drive for four. Sumptuous!
OVER 2: England 4/0 (Cook 0 Stoneman 4)
Mohammad Abbas – described by Wasim Akram as an English-style seamer – runs in at the other end and there are muffled cries for lbw first ball as the ball swings in to Stoneman’s pads after he shoulders arms, but it was too high.
First runs of the day, second ball, as Stoneman, on the front foot, calmly pushes through the covers for four. Useful start.
OVER 1: England 0/0 (Cook 0 Stoneman 0)
We’re underway! Mohammad Amir is handed the cherry and opens the bowling… and first up there’s already a bit of movement as the ball swings away from Cook, but it’ an easy leave. Deliveries two and three are more on the money and force Cook to block before a corker next up zips past the edge, producing “oooooohs” from the slip corden. Maiden over.
So, to confirm…
England will kick off their Test summer by batting first against Pakistan at Lord’s.
Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed called incorrectly at the toss and England counterpart Joe Root decided to post a score first in the opening Test.
Openers Alastair Cook and Mark Stoneman, who both struggled over the winter, will get an early chance to bat under grey skies in London.
In England’s remaining selection issue, paceman Mark Wood is preferred to all-rounder Chris Woakes in England’s team for the first of the two-Test series.
Spinner Dom Bess had already been assured of his England debut while Jos Buttler returns to the Test arena for the first time since 2016.
The visitors have picked seamer Hasan Ali ahead of left-armer Rahat Ali.
Joe Root on… choosing to bat
“It looks on the surface like slightly bowling conditions, but it looks slightly dry underneath and looks to be beginning to crack.”
“It’s a great moment for Dom to get his cap this morning, and Jos is approaching it as a debut as well.”
“We’ve gone with Wood… with the surface so dry, hopefully he can exploit the conditions later.”
Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed admits he would have bowled first, so the toss has worked out well for everyone.
Confirmed Pakistan line-up
Azhar Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Haris Sohail, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed (capt & wk), Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Abbas.
Confirmed England line-up
Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman, Joe Root (capt), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Mark Wood, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.
England win the toss and will bat. Well, actually Pakistan lost it after Sarfraz Ahmed called heads, and it was tails.
The Possible Teams
The teams will be announced at the toss which, will be happening in a couple of minutes (10.30am). Here’s what we think they will be…
England (possible): JE Root (Captain), AN Cook, MD Stoneman, DJ Malan, JM Bairstow (wkt), BA Stokes, JC Buttler, CR Woakes, DM Bess, SCJ Broad, JM Anderson
Pakistan (possible): S Ahmed (Captain, wkt), A Ali, I Ul-Haq, H Sohail, A Shafiq, B Azam, S Khan, F Ashraf, M Amir, M Abbas, H Ali
Umpires: R Tucker (Aus) and P Reiffel (Aus)
Third umpire: B Oxenford (Aus)
Match referee: J Crowe (NZ)
No Kohli for Surrey
Interesting news coming out of India this morning, especially with India touring England later in the summer…
Virat Kohli’s eagerly-anticipated stint with Surrey will not go ahead due to a neck injury.
Kohli, cricket’s biggest global star, was due to play for the Brown Caps throughout the month of June in what would have been his first ever overseas contract.
But the Board of Control for Cricket in India has announced he is no longer available after suffering the neck problem in an Indian Premier League match last week.
It was a damp start to the day this morning, but it looks like the weather will improve and we should (fingers crossed) have an uninterrupted day’s play. Here’s what the weather has in store:
England vs Pakistan: Day One Preview
Hello and welcome to England’ summer of cricket. Pakistan, Australia and India will all be visiting these shores over the coming months for either Test or one-day series. But first up, it’s Pakistan.
Spinner Dom Bess makes his England debut in today’s first Test. The 20 year-old’s inclusion means England must choose between seamers Chris Woakes and Mark Wood to complete their team.
Captain Joe Root said of Bess: “He seems really clear about what he wants to do in the game and how to approach this week, and that’s all you can ask for from someone making their debut.
“I remember mine, you just want the game to come around, to get your cap and get on with it.
“He’s approached the week really well and hopefully he can have a good start to what’s a good, long career.”
A revamped England line-up also features Jos Buttler at seven as a specialist batsman, with Jonny Bairstow retaining the wicketkeeping gloves.
Root said: “We want a side that covers as much as possible, that gives us the best options we can have in each department.
“Jos at seven can be an exciting and integral part of our batting unit, to take the game to the opposition from a position of strength and make it even stronger.
“The way he approaches his white-ball cricket, I think a lot of that can cross over. He’s got a good brain, a lot of experience in white-ball cricket and this is an opportunity to do that in Test cricket.”
Bairstow is adamant he can handle the pressure of moving up to No 5 in the batting order as Buttler slots in lower down.
“You wouldn’t be playing at the highest level if you weren’t able to cope with the pressure,” he said. ”It comes with expectation as well.”
England will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing winter in Australia and New Zealand.
Bairstow said: “It was a struggle this winter but we’ve had a chance to speak about it and work out ways to move forward. ”Our record at home is very good and we need people to be coming here and going, ‘OK, we’ve got a serious challenge on to win in England’.”
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