Published: Wed, May 30, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

England Recall Keaton Jennings for Pakistan Finale

England Recall Keaton Jennings for Pakistan Finale

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said he felt both surprised and proud after his inexperienced side outplayed England during a dominant nine-wicket win in the first Test at Lord's.

And Root knows considerable improvement is required ahead of the second Test against Pakistan at Headingley, with a five-match series against India to follow in August and September.

England needed early wickets and Broad snared Pakistan opener Imam-ul-Haq lbw for four, but the hosts failed to make another breakthrough under the floodlights.

Pakistan came into this match on the back of a five-wicket win over Test debutants Ireland at Dublin's Malahide ground - a match played in similar conditions to those they found at Lord's.

"We were probably 60 or 70 short on that wicket and it's probably going to be a first innings versus fourth innings game".

Sarfraz instead praised coach Mickey Arthur, who took charge two years ago and promptly guided Pakistan to a 2-2 draw in a four-Test series in England, for "taking the players along with him" - something he had also tried to do as skipper. This is the career-best in Test matches for Hasan, who is now ranked fourth in ODIs after having attained top rank in the format in October previous year.

Amir, whose career nearly came to a complete end at Lord's back in 2010 after he received a jail sentence and five-year ban from cricket for his involvement in a spot-fixing scandal during a corresponding Test against England, had taken two wickets for no runs in three balls. It could be one of those first innings plays fourth-innings matches. "A lot of the things that we do are very good".

The skillful Abbas was excellent throughout, the 4-41 he picked up in the second innings giving him 8-64 for the match. "That is good practice before a Lord's Test match".

"With Dom Bess, it was like Joe Root walked back out, with his back foot punches and cover drives", Buttler added.

Checks revealed a fracture and Azam was ruled out of the remainder of this test and for the second and final test in Leeds.

But Saturday saw England's all-time leading Test run-scorer lbw to an Abbas delivery that nipped back. If we could have got two or three in a cluster that would have helped but they kept getting scores.

"I'm very proud of my team, the way the young players produced their talent", he said.

"The Malahide game was a very tough game for us", said Sarfraz.

It took Pakistan just 12.4 overs to reach their victory target, with Sohail hitting a six and a four against 20-year-old off-spinner Bess, who went wicketless on debut, as Pakistan sealed their to fifth win in a Test at Lord's in style.

Pakistani bowlers have always been hailed among the greatest for decades now and on Thursday evening at the Lord's the young breed of the newer generation scripted an English collapse at its best.

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