We missed our probabilities: Pak captain Ali

Manchester, August 9

Pakistan captain Azhar Ali rued the missed alternatives and lauded the Jos Buttler-Chris Woakes partnership that helped England snatch the primary Test right here.

He mentioned Pakistan did not match upto the problem thrown at them by England on the fourth day at Old Trafford, resulting in their three-wicket defeat.

“It’s been a wonderful Test, disappointing to be on the wrong side of it,” Ali mentioned. “We had our opportunities to bat England out of the game. …but this total should have been enough,” he added.

“They took the game on and the pitch started to do nothing. They changed the momentum and we couldn’t reply what they threw at us.”

Buttler (75) and Woakes (84 not out) stitched an excellent 139-run stand for the sixth wicket to assist England chase down 277. “I would give credit to their partnership, tough to keep the field up and the boundaries dry. One of the best innings of recent past was Stokes vs Australia and this one is not far behind because conditions were tough,” mentioned Ali. “Surprised there wasn’t reverse swing, but there was enough there, when we had five wickets we were happy with our discipline, but the partnership changed everything.”

Man of the Match Woakes mentioned the situation of the pitch left him and Buttler with no alternative however to play a counter-attacking sport. “After that ball that Ollie (Pope) got, we knew that was the way to go on this pitch. It made up our minds for us, and worked into our hands, take it to them and put them under pressure,” Woakes mentioned. — PTI

Stokes to fly to NZ for household causes, will miss Pak Tests

Manchester: England’s star all-rounder Ben Stokes will miss the rest of the three-match Test collection towards Pakistan as a result of household causes, the nation’s cricket board (ECB) has introduced. ECB, nonetheless, didn’t specify the precise causes for his pullout. “Stokes will leave the UK later this week and travel to New Zealand. He will miss England’s two Test matches against Pakistan at the Ageas Bowl starting on 13 August and 21 August,” ECB mentioned in an announcement. The 29-year-old Christchurch-born Stokes is an important member of the England setup and has produced many match-winning performances in recent times, together with his heroics within the 2019 World Cup remaining and the Ashes hundred. PTI

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