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England took a triple-figure lead over Pakistan at the conclusion of the second day of the Headingley Test to build up the gap in the first innings after dismissing Pakistan for 174.
Top-scorer Dom Bess was dismissed one run shy of a half-century on a catch by Asad Shafiq, but England got steady contributions from Dawid Malan (28), Jonny Bairstow (21) and Chris Woakes (17).
Jos Butler (34) and Sam Curran (16) carried the side to the end of the day, with the score settling at 302-7.
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10:15 pm – England in control
England took their first innings lead to 128 after reaching 302 for seven at stumps on Day Two of the second Test against Pakistan.
Jos Buttler was batting on 34 when play was called off as every English batsman reached double digits at Headingley.
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10:00 pm – England consider four-day Test
England are considering the possibility of hosting Ireland for a four-day Test at Lord’s next year.
According to the Press Association, the match could be held before the World Cup.
Read the report here.
8:15 pm – UAE wants more cricket
UAE players have asked the ICC to arrange regular fixtures with Test nations after they were added to the official ODI rankings.
Ahmed Raza said teams like Pakistan that use facilities in the UAE regularly should play Associate nations like UAE more often.
Read the full story here.
8:00 pm – England stretch lead
England took their total past 200 in the third session of play on Day Two of the second Test against Pakistan after rain washed out the first session.
England were 212-5 with spinner Dom Bess getting out one short of a deserved fifty.
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12:30pm – Day 2 likely to be curtailed by rain
England’s quest to build a first-innings lead on day two of the second and final Test against Pakistan is likely to be hampered by the weather.
The hosts, with skipper Joe Root unbeaten on 29, are set to resume on 106 for two in reply to 174 at Headingley from 2pm GST.
But the forecast suggests plenty of rain is expected throughout the day in Leeds.
12:00pm – Broad responds to Vaughan criticism
Stuart Broad was angered by Michael Vaughan’s criticism before the second Test but will bear no grudges over his former captain’s comments.
Vaughan suggested England should consider dropping either Broad or his record-breaking pace partner James Anderson at Headingley, but both got three wickets on Day 1 as England bowled Pakistan out for 174.
“You get used to both positive and negative opinions…but sometimes I don’t think it is justified,” Broad said. “This time, it did anger me a little bit – because I thought it was a bit unfair, and a bit targeted really. So I called him and expressed my disappointment in his comments.”
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After Sarfraz Ahmed chose to bat under initially sunny skies at Headingley, England’s three senior seamers shared nine wickets in humid conditions and Pakistan struggled to 174 all out against the swinging ball.
By stumps, despite the late departure of Alastair Cook, the hosts were 106 for two on a good batting surface as they seek to square this series at 1-1 and avoid a seventh defeat in their last nine Tests.
It was no less than Root demanded, on the eve of this match, when he spelled out that England have been under-performing for far too long.
Stuart Broad, James Anderson and the returning Chris Woakes proved they had been listening as the hosts overcame the injury-enforced absence of key all-rounder Ben Stokes to take the initiative.
Shadab Khan (56) responded, after the loss of three wickets for one run, with spirited resistance to help Pakistan more than double their total from 79 for seven.
Nonetheless, even after Cook was caught behind hooking at Hasan Ali 10 minutes before the close and just four short of his fifty, there was no question where the balance of power lay.
Pakistan lost their first wicket without a run on the board, Imam-ul-Haq edging the last ball of Broad’s first over high to a safe Root at third slip.
The tourists took 27 balls to open their account, Azhar Ali eventually scrambling a single off Anderson – only for their second opener to depart in the 10th over, pinned lbw just on off-stump by Broad.
Haris Sohail and Asad Shafiq also both went before lunch. Sohail became Woakes’ first victim, edging one angled across him to second slip, and then a juggling Cook held on at first when Shafiq failed to cover the bounce from the same bowler.
Anderson was in business at the start of the afternoon, bowling Sarfraz off his pads as the Pakistan captain aimed to leg.
Broad then struck again as debutant Usman Salahuddin was lbw pushing forward, and Anderson hit Faheem Ashraf in front too.
Shadab and Mohammad Amir were in counter-attack mode, however, and took the total into three figures before the left-hander flailed a catch behind off Anderson.
Hasan joined Shadab for another handy stand, 43 from just 31 balls – the number 10 climbing into three off-side fours in the eighth and last over of Anderson’s spell either side of lunch.
Shadab’s was the pedigree innings, though, and he completed his 48-ball half-century with a memorable pull well in front of square off Woakes for his ninth four.
Before then, Woakes had held a sharp return catch to see off Hasan. But it fell to debutant Sam Curran to end the innings when Shadab became his fellow teenager’s maiden Test victim – caught in the leg-side deep.
Cook and Keaton Jennings provided an initial platform, but little more, with only England’s second half-century opening stand since the penultimate Test of last summer – at this same venue.
Jennings, first of the 12 opening partners for Cook since 2012 to be given a second opportunity in the role, hinted he may be able to make a success of it until he fell to the last ball before mid-evening drinks.
The nagging Ashraf found a thin, involuntary edge behind as Jennings tried to pull the bat inside the line on the back-foot defence.
Cook and Root were then all set to close out the last hour-and-a-half until the opener’s unexpected mistake gave nightwatchman Dom Bess a job which he completed successfully.