England v Pakistan: Zak Crawley and Jos Buttler crowd the tracks


Third test, Ageas Bowl (day two of five)
England 583-8 Dec (154.4 overs): Crawley 267, Buttler 152
Pakistan 24-3 (10,5 overs): Anderson 3-13

Jos Buttler’s Zak Crawley superlatives 267 and 152 led a run-fest in England on day two of the final test against Pakistan at the Ageas Bowl.

Crawley, 22, became the third youngest England player to make a double century and posted his 10th highest score ever.

Buttler called off being given on 99 to complete his second test ton and their fifth wicket stand of 359 is England’s best of all time as well as their sixth best for all wickets.

Chris Woakes, Dom Bess and Stuart Broad had fun bringing England to declared 583-8, their highest total in four years.

They gave Pakistan just under an hour to beat, during which James Anderson performed beautifully to take out Shan Masood, Abid Ali and Babar Azam.

Pakistan closed on 24-3, while Anderson has just four years to become the first pace pitcher to reach 600 test wickets.

Even though Pakistan may wake up to save this game, England, already leading 1-0, are expected to win the series.

England crushes Pakistan

While the job Crawley and Buttler did on day one, when they took England to 332-4, flattened Pakistan, their relentless march on day two has tortured tourists.

After a morning stop and start twice interrupted by rain, Crawley in particular scored with such freedom that there were times when he felt like he was playing with the bowling alley.

Not that the tourists played badly. There was a period in the morning session where they challenged the England pair and wicket keeper Mohammad Rizwan was excellent with the gloves all over.

But by late afternoon, with the sun shining and the gusts of wind, Pakistan was running out of ideas, waiting and hoping for the declaration.

When it came, their first order was blown away in waning light by England’s pair of new balls Anderson and Broad, who were followed by Jofra Archer in the 90 mph rocket bowling alley.

Southpaw Masood was knocked down given lbw on Broad before falling again to Anderson, lbw to an inswinger, Abid edged out an outswinger to Dom Sibley in the third slip and Babar Azam was leg before the last ball of the day.

Classy Crawley’s place in history

What was so awesome the 171 Crawley accumulated on Friday was the ease and elegance with which he marked his races.

After starting patiently on Saturday – he took 25 deliveries to add his first runs – Crawley again played all around the wicket with impunity.

Since Kevin Pietersen’s debut, an English batsman has not dominated an attack and scored with such freedom.

Two hits – an upside down practice on an extra blanket for six on Yasir Shah’s leg rotation and an inverted sweep of the outer leg stump at the edge of the cover out of Asad Shafiq’s rotation – were particularly daring.

At 22 years and 201 days, Crawley is behind only Len Hutton and David Gower in England’s youngest double centurion list.

He was set to make England’s first triple century since Graham Gooch 30 years ago when he passed a delivery from Shafiq and was stumped on the side of the leg, leaving congratulations from the entire team at the Pakistan.

1. 364 – Len Hutton (Eng contre Aus, 1938) 6 294 – Alastair Cook (Eng / Ind, 2011)
2.336 * – Wally Hammond (Eng vs. NZ, 1933) 7. 287 – Tip Foster (Eng v Aus, 1903)
3. 333 – Graham Gooch (Eng c Ind, 1990) 8. 285 * – Peter May (Eng contre WI, 1957)
4. 325 – Andy Sandham (Eng c WI, 1930) 9. 278 – Denis Compton (Eng c Pak, 1954)
5. 310 * – John Edrich (Eng contre NZ, 1965) 10. 267 – Zak Crawley (Eng v Pak, 2020)

The best of Buttler

Halfway through the first test in this series, Buttler was under pressure, not scoring enough points to make up for his mistakes behind the stumps.

Then came a winning round at Emirates Old Trafford, followed by this; full confirmation of England’s faith, his highest first-class score and which made him the summer’s top try-scorer.

After picking up the 87, there was the breathtaking moment when it was less than a century away. Given to Mohammad Abbas trapped, immediate examination showed the bat had grazed the cushion.

By the next ball he finished his second hundred and two years after the first, but that wasn’t the signal for Buttler to slip into limited destruction.

Instead, he remained patient throughout, leaving the ball with care. He only added 27 runs between lunch and tea and at one point, almost 38 passes without finding the limit.

His determined buildup ended with a tame slap to bowler Fawad Alam, signaling England’s acceleration towards declaration.

“England’s two best days in a long, long time” – what they said

Former English captain Michael Vaughan: “England have played the two best test days of cricket that I have seen in a long, long time. It was very classy, ​​attritional, which really put the opponent in the mud.

“In the last five or six years England haven’t had this mentality of crushing them in the mud. It’s the first time I’ve seen him, and it’s a great sign. “

English drummer Zak Crawley: “Scoring a double cent for England was beyond my dreams. It’s a very good day. “

England wicket keeper Jos Buttler: “It was a pleasure to be a part of. Zak played an incredibly special move. As a team, we are talking about great races in the first round. To do that and then the wickets tonight, it was a very nice day for us.

“I was very happy to play second violin against Zak who was scoring all around the wicket. He made a very small margin of error. It was great to watch. Few guys kick the ball as cleanly as he does. “


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