Pope posts 62 however England labour in first Test towards Pakistan

Manchester, August 7

Ollie Pope scored a second successive half-century however couldn’t push on as England moved to 159 for 5 at lunch on Day three of the primary Test towards Pakistan at Old Trafford on Friday.

The dwelling facet nonetheless path Pakistan’s first innings whole by 167 runs with the guests into the bowlers as Chris Woakes (15 not out) seems to be to stabilise the innings with a battling Jos Buttler (38 not out from 106 balls).

Pope (62) had regarded comparatively assured as he moved to his fifth Test half-century. However, the menace from Pakistan’s seamers is ever-present and 17-year-old Naseem Shah obtained a supply to rise sharply off a size, catching the bat and offering a catch for Shadab Khan within the gully.

Buttler rode his luck early within the session however discovered some scoring photographs within the half-hour earlier than lunch, choosing up his personal tempo and that of the innings.

England resumed the third day on 92 for 4 having recovered from 12 for 3 late on the second day.

The resolution to pick out an additional seamer with all-rounder Ben Stokes unlikely to bowl within the Test attributable to a quad damage has seen Woakes coming in at No. 7, offering an extended tail for the house facet.

Pakistan posted 326 of their first innings after a rain-hit first day of the Test, with opener Shan Masood contributing 156, his third century in as many Test innings. Reuters

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