Crawley nears century, England 184-Four at tea on Day 1 vs Pakistan

Southampton, August 21

Zak Crawley was on the verge of posting his first Test century as England reached tea on 184-Four on the opening day of the third and closing Test towards Pakistan on the Rose Bowl right here on Friday.

Crawley was on a career-best Test rating of 97 and sharing an unbeaten 57-run partnership with Jos Buttler (24) after England misplaced captain Joe Root (29) and Ollie Pope (3) after lunch.

Root edged a gorgeous supply from paceman Naseem Shah that seamed away, with wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan taking a flying catch to his proper.

Pope lasted 15 balls earlier than he was bowled by Yasir Shah attempting to play the leg-spinner off the again foot, leaving England at 127-4.

Playing his eighth Test match, Crawley’s earlier greatest rating was 76 towards the West Indies on the identical floor in Southampton final month. He has hit 11 fours in a 165-ball knock.

Buttler can also be seeing the ball properly, hanging 4 boundaries.

Yasir has 2-60 off 19 overs after coming into the assault early.

England leads 1-Zero and is trying to clinch a primary sequence victory over Pakistan in 10 years, in addition to a second of the summer season after beating the West Indies 2-1.

Fast bowler Jofra Archer was recalled by England instead of Sam Curran in the one change from the drawn second take a look at on the identical floor in Southampton.

Pakistan chosen an unchanged workforce. AP

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