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Jofra Archer backed Ollie Pope and Jos Buttler to bring England back in the first test against Pakistan after a difficult second day that left them against him at Emirates Old Trafford.England saw opener Shan Masood rack up a career record 156 as he took Tourists to 326, then lost their entire top four in under 20 overs.

Things looked decidedly risky at this point, with Ben Stokes in the flag for a duck and Captain Joe Root gone for 14, but Ollie Pope took 46 steps until the end to start the fight and bring the score to 92 for four.

He will resume on the third morning alongside Jos Buttler, who owes the team a round after missing a hold and a cut when Masood only had 45 to his name.

Archer, who joined Stuart Broad in taking three Pakistani wickets, has not given up on the pair pulling things right.

“I won’t say they can get us out of a hole because I don’t think we’re in a hole right now, but I think they can build a really big partnership and help rock the momentum of the game in our favor. , ” he said.

“We just have to get closer or exceed their total. Obviously the wicket is getting easier and easier to beat and I have no doubt that the two unreleased players can continue and score big. ”

If they continue to stick to Archer’s prediction, it won’t be a small success given the quality and variety of Azhar Ali’s attack.

Shaheen Afridi did for Rory Burns with a pacy swing of the left arm, Mohammad Abbas chastised Ben Stokes for a duck and pinned Dom Sibley with his ruthless tailors, and Yasir Shah found Joe Root’s outer edge with a leg kick. .

The only bowler not to take a wicket, Naseem Shah, rode him past 90 mph as a warning, but Archer raised an eyebrow at the 17-year-old’s prospects of maintaining his speed.

Archer, who has yet to recreate his own lightning-fast spells of 2019 in recent weeks, told Sky Sports: “It’s not everyday that you’re going to go in and 90 mph.

“I saw Shah start the bowling at 90mph so we’ll see how he goes. No one is a robot so I’ll be very, very interested to see what they can produce a little later.

“This wicket is not a wicket that you’re going to really try to bend your back on. ”

Archer was speaking for the first time since his unauthorized breach of the bio-secure bubble saw him pass the second test against the West Indies in isolation, but he made it clear that he has already passed that transgression.

“I’m fine, I’m starting to play cricket again. What happened the last series is gone and I’m just glad that at the start of this series I have three wickets in my name, ”he said.

“I am very happy to be back. I don’t think I realized that I was picked for all the games I’m available for, so I won’t be surprised if in the next game or the game after that I’m rested.

“It’s just nice to have playing time there and good to have wickets too. ”

Pakistani head coach Misbah-ul-Haq had every reason to be happy with his bowlers given their emphatic display in the evening session, but he was equally pleased with Masood’s set-up.

“It was a great performance on his part, especially against a couture attack from Broad, Anderson, Woakes and Archer,” he said.

“It was a good app and his hard work paid off. He’s a hard working, fit, very committed guy and I think that really showed in this round.

“He scored points in South Africa, gained confidence in Australia, came back to Pakistan and scored points and now he’s proven himself here in England.

“We would have been in trouble if he only scored 100 but over 150, it was really special. ” Pennsylvania



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