Pakistan register thumping win over England

Jun 02, 2018, 00:36
Pakistan register thumping win over England

England found themselves with a huge first-innings deficit of 179 runs after Pakistan, 350 for eight overnight, saw their first innings end on 363.

"It would be very easy going into next week feeling sorry for ourselves and thinking that there is no way forward, but there absolutely is", said 27-year-old Root.

Buttler and Bess spared England from embarrassment by ensuring the team didn't lose by an innings and pushed on from there, surviving through to the close.

Yet it was Pakistan, fresh from a trio of county warm-up matches and a five-wicket win over Test debutants Ireland in Dublin, who looked as if they were the home side.

But, in truth the damage had always been done by a pair of top-order slumps that saw England, so often dominant in early-season home conditions, dismissed for 184 in their first innings before declining to 110 for six second time around. Checks revealed a fracture and he was ruled out of the remainder of this test and for the second and final test in Leeds.

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It was the 10th time in a row that Root has failed to convert a test fifty into a century and his dismissal ended England's realistic hopes of winning the match. But he did make the intriguing suggestion that a new seamer could be drafted into the team if it was concluded they required someone to "bowl fuller more often".

"We know we're under-performing ... we've not performed to anywhere we need to", said Root, whose hosts must win at Headingley in the second NatWest Test to avoid series defeat.

"I thought Pakistan's bowlers exploited the conditions but we played some poor shots and gave some wickets away and you can't afford to do that".

"We've got to turn things around, we've got to be clever about how we do things".

England's eight-match run without a win is part of a wider, steady decline in their Test performances. "I believe it will be the right way and these are the best players we've got". Apart from those two defeats, England lost to Australia in 1921, and to New Zealand in 2015.

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"The messages haven't changed", Bayliss told BBC Test Match Special.

"We've seen all of these guys score runs in hard situations before so they can do it".

After yet another disastrous winter and the high farce surrounding the announcement of "The Hundred", most people assumed that things couldn't get all that much worse for English cricket - how wrong they were.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan said that "finger has to be pointed" at the coaching team. There are problems. It's not a surprise that they have performed like this; they have performed like this on a regular basis.

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