Crawley out for 267 in breakthrough knock for England

Southampton, August 22

Zak Crawley’s marathon innings lastly ended on 267 as England closed in on 500 within the third and remaining Test towards Pakistan on Saturday, leaving the vacationers’ ambitions of a series-tying win in ruins.

England went to tea on Day 2 on 490-5, Crawley having scored greater than half of the runs with a knock that has thrust him into cricket’s international consciousness.

By the time he was stumped off part-time spinner Asad Shafiq, Crawley had moved into 10th place within the all-time checklist of prime scores by an England participant — above the likes of Geoffrey Boycott, Joe Root and Ben Stokes.

His 393-ball knock contained 34 fours and a chipped six down the empty floor on the Ageas Bowl. The 22-year-old Crawley, enjoying in his eighth Test, had each shot within the guide — reverse sweeps, cuts off the again foot, whips into the leg facet — and deserved a capability crowd in Southampton.

When he was lastly dismissed, Pakistan’s gamers ran to Crawley to congratulate him, many giving him fist bumps.

His partnership with Jos Buttler was price 359 runs, a report fifth-wicket stand for England in Tests and its joint-sixth highest ever.

Buttler was nonetheless there, on a Test-best 140 off 290 balls having reached his second Test century simply earlier than lunch. He survived a scare on 99 when he was given out caught behind off Mohammad Abbas, just for a evaluate to point out he hadn’t touched the ball together with his bat.

Chris Woakes was with Buttler on 2 not out, having been padded up for almost 4 full periods.

England, which began Day 2 on 332-4, leads 1-Zero and is trying to clinch a primary collection victory over Pakistan in 10 years, in addition to a second of the summer season after beating the West Indies 2-1.

With rain forecast for Tuesday, England captain Joe Root might select to declare earlier than stumps. AP 

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