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7:30 pm – Buttler thanks England management

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England batsman Jos Buttler has thanked the England management for showing faith in his abilities as  Test cricketer.

“Someone putting so much faith in me as a real wildcard pick gave me a hell of a lot of confidence,” Buttler said.

Read the full story here.

3:30pm – Jos Buttler and Azhar Ali among the winners and losers from England-Pakistan series

The two-match Test series between England and Pakistan came to an end on Sunday with the hosts completing a thumping innings win at Headingley. With the series finishing all square at 1-1, Sport360’s Stuart Appleby takes a look at the winners and losers from either side over here.

3:00pm – Sarfraz Ahmed needs to step up with the bat for Pakistan

As the Test series between England and Pakistan draws to a close, there is plenty for both sides to retrospect. For Pakistan, skipper Sarfraz Ahmed’s own personal form with the bat has been horrendous in both Ireland and England. Sports360’s Waseem Ahmed comments on why the skipper needs to start leading from by example in a column here.

1:30pm – England’s Chris Woakes ruled out of Scotland ODI

Chris Woakes has joined fellow all-rounder Ben Stokes on the injured-list for England ahead of their one-off ODI against Scotland. Woakes sustained a thigh injury during the second Test against Pakistan at Headingley. Read more about this developing story here.

1:10pm – Rohit Sharma throws ceremonial pitch in Major League Baseball game

Rohit Sharma became the first Indian cricketer to throw a ceremonial pitch in a Major League Baseball match. The India limited-overs deputy skipper threw the ceremonial pitch ahead of the clash between Seattle Mariners and Tampa Bay Rays. Watch how Rohit fared with his first baseball pitch here.

1:00pm – Pakistan announce 15-man squad for T20I series against Scotland

Pakistan have named their 15-man squad for the two T20Is against Scotland at Edinburgh. Haris Sohail comes in for the injured Babar Azam while teenage pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi has been retained after a promising debut against West Indies. Find out who else made the cut for Pakistan in the complete list here.

11:00am – Shahid Afridi among several stars picked in Global T20 Canada player-draft

The player-draft for the inaugural Global T20 Canada league was conducted on Sunday with several stars being picked up by five franchises. Former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi was snapped up by Edmonton Royals as a marquee player. Read who else was picked up in the player-draft in our complete list here.

9:00 am – Pakistan in-tray: What the Men In Green need to work on

England celebrate victory in Leeds.

Pakistan came back down to earth with a bump on Sunday as England claimed an emphatic second Test victory by an innings and 55 runs at Headingley to tie the series 1-1.

The hosts well and truly bounced back following an horrendous performance at Lord’s, but Pakistan can still be proud of their showing on the tour.

Here, we look at three things they need to change following their defeat.

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England must not use Test win against Pakistan to 'paper over cracks', says skipper Joe Root

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Great effort: Joe Root

Joe Root was thrilled by England’s response to adversity at Headingley but has warned their innings win over Pakistan must not be allowed to “paper over the cracks”.

The England captain had reason for cheer at last with victory by an innings and 55 runs well inside three days of the second Test.

Jos Buttler’s unbeaten 80, his second successive Test half-century, helped England to 363 all out.

Then after James Anderson took two early wickets, Dom Bess and Stuart Broad added three more each – the latter answering his critics with match figures of six for 66 – as the tourists were bowled out for 134.

England rescued a 1-1 series draw by ending an alarming sequence of six defeats in eight Tests, which had put coach Trevor Bayliss under pressure.

While the Australian spoke in a broadcast interview of perhaps reminding England in future of “what it’s like to be embarrassed” when they lose, as they did so badly in the first Test at Lord’s, Root was wary of getting carried away with one overdue success.

“It’s very important we don’t paper over the cracks and think this is going to be us (sorted) forever,” he said.

“We have to make sure we don’t find ourselves in those positions like last week.

“I’m thrilled to bits. (But) we know we’re not the finished article – this is the first step towards our goal.”

England answered the rallying call issued by Root before his home Test.

“I asked the guys to play with pride … and you saw that on the field,” he said, acknowledging that pre-match criticism from pundits – Michael Vaughan’s for Broad was particularly high-profile – might have played its part too.


“I think an element of that comes out through criticism,” Root said.

“You want to prove people wrong, and you have to have that within you to play at this level.

“We had to show a lot of character. I asked a lot of things of them, and everything I asked was delivered.

“Ultimately, you can’t ask for more as a captain.”

For him personally, a year into his tenure, the win was needed urgently.

England emerged from their long, winless winter vowing to push themselves harder than ever in preparation for each Test.

It did not pay dividends at Lord’s – but after battling back to draw 1-1, Root said: “We’ve set our stall out for a long period of time where we want to get to, and we’ve decided we want to go about things differently in preparation.

“There are a lot of long-term things that are going to have to happen for us to get to where we want. We have to give that a chance to work.”

Buttler’s innings was a big help, vindication for his return at number seven – and leaving Root wanting more.

“It would have just been nice to be able to get another cup of coffee in and sit for another hour and watch,” he said.

“That’s why he’s in the side, to try to take games away from the opposition as he did.

“We all know how talented he is, what he’s capable of – so I hope this is something we’ll see a lot more frequently from him.”

Root’s opposite number Sarfraz Ahmed had to come to terms with falling well short of the standards Pakistan set in the first Test.

He said: “The way we played at Lord’s, everything was perfect – our fast bowling was perfect, our batting and fielding were perfect.

“It’s disappointing that we had a chance to win the series, but unfortunately we didn’t play well here. I am (still) proud of my young team.”

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Alex Broun and the rest of the Sport360 team are in place to provide you with the latest news, comment and analysis on all things cricket.

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8:00 pm – England seal comprehensive win

England defeated Pakistan by an innings and 55 runs in the Headingley Test to level the two-match series.

Stuart Broad and Dom Bess picked up three wickets each as Pakistan were bowled out for 134.

Earlier, Jos Buttler hit a quickfire 80 to help England score a commanding 363 in their first innings, which proved to be enough.

Read the full report here.

6:00 pm – Kohli urges fans to support Indian football

Cricket captain Virat Kohli asked fans to support Indian football after national captain Sunil Chhetri posted an emotional message on social media.

Less than 3000 people turned up to watch India’s match against Taiwan in the Intercontinental Cup in Mumbai, prompting the plea for help from Chhetri.

Tennis star Sania Mirza and cricketers Suresh Raina and Krunal Pandya  also gave their support to the Indian team. For more, click here.

4:10 pm – Wasim Akram turns 52 

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Arguably Pakistan‘s greatest-ever cricketer, Wasim Akram, is celebrating his 52nd birthday today.

The Sultan of Swing, Akram claimed 916 wickets during a 19-year international career.

Akram is currently in England as part of the Sky Sports broadcasting team and commentating on the second and final Test between England and Pakistan at Headingley.

Stuart Appleby took a look at some of the happy birthday messages that have come in for the 1992 World Cup-winning hero. Check them out here.

2.15pm – Sam Curran is out as England lose their eighth wicket at Headingley

The debutant is out for 20, controversially caught by Asad Shafiq at third slip off Mohammad Abbas – but did the ball carry? The third umpire Paul Reiffel says it did and England are 321 for 8.

Conditions are overcast and the ball is moving around so scoring is tough. At the crease now are Joss Butler on 45 and Stuart Broad on 1. Follow it all live.

Jos Buttler was 34* overnight

Jos Buttler was 34 not out overnight

10:50 am – Jos Buttler looks to extend England’s lead and re-establish his Test career

England are nicely poised at 302 for 7 going into Day Three of the second Test against Pakistan at Headingley, already with a lead of 128 runs in the first innings with three wickets in hand.

At the crease are T20 star Jos Buttler, trying to re-establish himself in Test cricket, on 34, and Test debutant Sam Curran (brother of Tom) on 16. They have already shared a 17 run partnership (with Curran scoring 16) and with conditions cool and cloudy in Leeds they will be looking to push on to a lead of 200-250.

Another new boy in the squad, spinner Dom Bess, top scored to date with 49 – and both Buttler and Curran would like to better that mark.

For all the latest on the Test go here and for our insight into why Buttler is the ideal man to bat at number seven for England in Test cricket click here.

Play resumes at 1.30pm today (UAE time) and we’ll have all the ball-by-ball coverage right here at Sport360 – so stay with us.

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