Buttler completes century as England attain 373-Four at lunch towards Pakistan


Southampton, August 22

England wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler reached his second Test hundred because the hosts overcame a rain-hit morning session to achieve 373-Four at lunch on the second day of the third and remaining Test towards Pakistan on the Rose Bowl on Saturday.

Rain interrupted play twice in Southampton earlier than Buttler (113 not out) claimed his first Test hundred in over two years, whereas Zak Crawley edged in the direction of a maiden double hundred.

Crawley, 22, who had solely scored three First-Class lots of previous to the Test, stays simply 14 runs away from changing into the third-youngest Englishman to attain a Test double century.

England have been teetering on 127-Four on Friday when Crawley and Buttler got here collectively to launch a counter-attack, serving to the hosts attain a commanding 332-Four on the finish of Day 1.

The duo has negotiated the second new ball within the morning session to sew collectively an unbeaten 246-run partnership for the fifth wicket.

Pakistan’s seam assault has struggled to manage their line in blustery situations, with captain Azhar Ali dropping two opinions in pursuit of Buttler’s wicket.

The guests have to win the Test to stage the collection after England received the opening match in Manchester by three wickets, and the rain-hit second fixture led to a draw. Reuters



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