England v Pakistan – Zak Crawley Scores Mammoth 267
England are in complete control of the final Test of the summer against Pakistan thanks to Zak Crawley who struck a phenomenal 267, becoming the third-youngest English player to make a double century.
Crawley’s knock saw him reach number 10 in the all-time highest scorer list for England. Plus, he passed his highest score in first-class cricket by some distance.
The Kent batsman put on a mammoth 359 for the fifth wicket with Jos Buttler. The wicketkeeper was given out on 99, although he immediately reviewed and was adjudged not to have hit the ball.
Buttler then went on to complete his second Test ton before he and Crawley accelerated the scoring rate. Crawley was eventually dismissed, stumped off the bowling of Asad Shafiq. He probably felt disappointed, not to have scored a triple century. Nevertheless, his career looks to be in fine shape now and he has a big score that will buy him time at the top level of the game.
The bowlers Chris Woakes, Dom Bess, and Stuart Broad swung the willow as England raced to 583-8 declared. Joe Root eventually bringing to a close their highest total in four years.
By then, England were well on top of Pakistan thanks to superb test match innings by Zak Crawley and Jos Buttler. Now the job was to get early wickets.
Jimmy Anderson Skittles Pakistan’s Top-Order
With 13 overs to bat, Pakistan looked weary after two long days in the field. Who better to take advantage of their tiredness than James Anderson? The Lancastrian was in fine fettle as he removed Shan Masood, Abid Ali early with the new ball. He also had Babar Azam out LBW, with what turned out to be the last ball of the day. A superb spell of bowling by an all-time great bowler.
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The tourists closing on 24-3, a massive 559 behind with seven wickets reaming and plenty of work on. England will know they are on the brink of another Test victory and with it a 2-0 series success.
For Anderson, he is now only four short of becoming the first seam bowler to reach 600 Test wickets. With 17 Pakistan wickets remaining the 38-year-old will fancy his chances of bringing up the landmark in this match.
Pakistan will have to bat out of their skins to save this game. With Babar Azam out, it looks like a tough road ahead. They require a mountain to climb to even save the follow-on. Pakistan’s best hope will perhaps by the Southampton weather.
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