Seamer James Anderson put his frustrations behind him with a double strike to help England reduce Pakistan to 126-5 on day one in every of many second #raisethebat Test at a rain-hit Ageas Bowl.


Anderson, 38, revealed earlier inside the week how he turned emotional all through his first Test struggles as he accrued match figures of 1-97 – his worst return in a home Test since 2015.

Nevertheless England’s foremost wicket-taker of all time rediscovered his rhythm to say 2-35 and swell his whole tally of victims to 592 after Pakistan had chosen to bat in humid conditions.

Extra wickets for Sam Curran (1-23), Stuart Broad (1-31) and Chris Woakes (1-26) earned England, already 1-Zero up inside the sequence, early administration no matter Abid Ali’s battling 60 and a robust 25no from Babar Azam on a day decreased to easily 45.4 overs.

Skipper Joe Root indicated on Wednesday that Anderson wouldn’t be dropped and he was practically pretty much as good as his phrase, England moreover deciding on Curran from their battery of seamers to play as an alternative of the rested Jofra Archer whereas Zak Crawley acquired right here in at three with Ben Stokes absent for family causes.

Anderson was quickly into his work, trapping Shan Masood lbw alongside along with his eighth ball of the day to remove the left-hander for a seventh time of their head-to-head contest at a imply worth of 4.85 runs.

Pakistan would possibly want misplaced a second early wicket only for third slip Dom Sibley to shell an edge off Broad when Abid had scored just one.


Nasser Hussain examines why England dropped two catches inside the slip cordon on day one in every of many second Test

The opener cherished a second life on 21 – Rory Burns this time fumbling a rising likelihood at second slip off the bowling of Woakes, shortly after the seamer’s second provide had squeezed through Azhar Ali’s defences on seven and rolled onto the stumps with out dislodging a bail.

Solely as quickly as sooner than have Pakistan managed to overturn a 1-Zero deficit in a three-match Test sequence – in opposition to Zimbabwe in 1995 – and every Azhar and Abid battled exhausting to assemble a platform sooner than rain pressured lunch to be taken early at 62-1.

Azhar launched up their 50-run stand from 110 balls with a sturdy back-foot drive for Four off Anderson nonetheless it was a unusual shot of authority from a batsman with one score over 40 in his closing 17 knocks.

The afternoon session began with no time misplaced nonetheless cloudy skies turned increasingly leaden-looking sooner than there was one different interruption after 40 minutes’ play.

In that time Burns made partial amends for his earlier mishap by holding a calf-high catch to his correct to ship once more Azhar, prompting jubilant celebrations from Anderson.

The unhealthy local weather left Abid stranded on 49no for 100 minutes sooner than, moments after the resumption at 4pm, the opener edged Anderson through the slip cordon to reach his fifty off 99 deliveries.

A third Test ton in seven innings was to not be, nonetheless, as Curran produced a provide that bounced as a result of it moved all through the right-hander and Burns took the catch in his midriff.

A whole of 102-Three turned 117-4 when Asad Shafiq (5) pushed at Broad and was caught by Sibley at third slip, bringing Fawad Alam in for his first Test look since 2009.

The 34-year-old, chosen as an alternative of Shadab Khan to bolster the batting, acquired right here in boasting a first-class frequent of 56.48 which is the sixth highest recorded since December 2009 by batsmen who’ve scored in any case 5,000 runs.

Nevertheless after prepared 11 years for his fourth cap, Fawad’s preserve was short-lived – his square-open stance not distracting Woakes, who trapped him lbw on consider for a fourth-ball duck.

The rain returned minutes sooner than 5pm and, although it cleared after half-an-hour, unhealthy delicate then prevented the avid gamers getting back from the pavilion and it was no shock when play was abandoned for the day at 6.30pm.

Watch reside safety of day two of the second #raisethebat Test between England and Pakistan reside on Sky Sports activities actions Cricket from 10.30am on Friday.


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