The thoughts of Guy Williams, The Cricket Paper

Good day for Joe Root on his return to Headingley.. sensible captaincy followed by proper Test batting as England dominate Pakistan.

All set for a big innings from Root tomorrow.

The thoughts of Graham Hardcastle, Club journalist

Despite that wicket of Alastair Cook, it’s still looking ominous for Pakistan, and I dare say Joe Root is looking well set. Maybe this is the weekend that sees him end his search for that elusive century?

Almost the ideal day for England. One they would have dreamed of last night amidst all the talk, and understandably so, of pressure. Having said that, I’m not quite sure I understood where the chat regarding dropping Anderson and/or Broad came from. Seemed a tad daft to me.


Bess sees off the final ball of a very, very productive. England have gone some way to answering their critics in a great day’s play at Emerald Headingley.

It’s been a tough day for Pakistan who came up against an England side clearly pumped up for this one. The senior players – Anderson and Broad in partnership with the ball – Cook and Root with the bat – really stood up and have put England in a very healthy position going in to Day 2.

England finish the day on 106-2 and trail by 68 runs. We do it all again tomorrow.


WICKET – And a big one for Pakistan as we get towards the end of the day. Hasan digs in a short ball which looks to be going down the leg side and Cook – on the pull – feathers behind to Sarfaraz.

Cook gone for 46, England 104-2.


100-up for England and their coasting along here at Emerald Headingley. They;re 74 behind with Cook 45* and Root 24*.


Shadab Khan now into the attack as Pakistan look to break this developing partnership in the latter stages of the day. England 96/1 in 32 overs, trail by just 78 runs


Sajid Sadiq, – The crowd is thinning out a little here at Emerald Headingley with Joe Root and Alastair Cook grinding the opposition down and Pakistan looking short of ideas. It’s been an all-seam day today, perhaps it’s time for some leg-spin from Shadab Khan


Root, who charged down the wicket the previous ball but couldn’t connect, then flicks a frustrated Mohammad Abbas down the slope to the mid-wicket region for four more. England 82 runs behind.


Root opens the face of the bat and plays it very late down to the third-man boundary. Brilliant soft hands and very deliberately steered in that direction for his 4th four of his innings. Root flashes a wry smile at Amir who feels he was close to forcing an edge from the captain.

Amir beats the outside of the bat with the following ball – a nice battle between Root and Amir here.

Stokes stops play.


WICKET – Jennings caught behind. Pakistan increasingly beating the bat here and Ashraf in particular starting to trouble the left-hander. Ashraf draws the faintest of edges and Sarfaraz does the rest behind the stumps.

Jennings got 29 off 57 balls, including 5 × 4s.

In comes captain Root with England 53-1.

Sajid Sadiq, – A solid start for England on what has been the perfect day for them so far. Pakistan looking for some inspiration and in need of a breakthrough. Hasan Ali looking like the man who could break the opening stand


Very steady from England here. Cook drives through the covers for four and that brings up the first half-century opening stand since the second innings of the second Test in the Ashes.


Little to report here which means England are going about their work very nicely indeed.

Jennings looking in great touch here, he’s played some terrific shots. He drives through extra cover and then cracks Hassan Ali away through cover point to take England to 38-0.

Jennings is 23* and Cook 15*.


Cook opens the face of the bat and angles Amir down to third man to take England to 22-0.


Alasdair Cook gets England off the mark, edging past diving third slip Amir and it motors away for the first boundary of England’s innings. England four for no loss.


Here come the England openers.


Sajid Sadiq,

Pakistan will be disappointed with that effort after winning the toss. A recovery after being 79 for 7 but still well below what they will have been hoping for. The last three wickets added 95 runs for Pakistan but 174 is not the 1st innings total they will have wanted.

The thoughts of Graham Hardcastle, Club Journalist

Superb from England. Yes, Pakistan got a few more than expected at one stage, but you rarely get through an innings without a partnership. Ok, ok, the grumpy Yorkshire fans among you will point to Chelmsford, I know!

But Stuart Broad and, latterly, Jimmy Anderson were superb, each matching the three-wicket haul of Chris Woakes.

Now for the batting. Not often a Lancashire player is cheered at Emerald Headingley, but let’s hope for some Keaton Jennings runs.

Away from Headingley, in the Royal London one-day Cup, Worcestershire and Notts are involved in a low-scoring cracker, while Warwickshire and Derbyshire are on top in their respective games against Durham and Northants. All thee games have ramifications for Yorkshire’s hopes of knockout qualification.


WICKET – Curran is slogged to deep mid-wicket, having bowled a fuller length, where Keaton Jennings safely pouches to bring the innings to a close. It’s a first Test wicket for Curran!

Pakistan 174 all out with 95 added by the last three wickets.

We’ll resume at 15:47pm.


HALF CENTURY – Too easy for Shadab Khan, who at just 19 years of age and in just his fourth Test, pulls Woakes through straight mid-wicket to bring up his third fifty in as many Tests.

Pakistan are 174-9 and a little bit of that earlier pressure is being relieved.


WICKET – Hasan Ali, after an entertaining cameo, gets a leading edge to a Chris Woakes delivery and is caught and bowled for 24 off just 16 balls. Pakistan’s lower order have showed some fight with the last two wickets putting on 77 runs.


Sajid Sadiq, – Hasan Ali taking a few risks and it’s paying off for him. Loves a big shot and a wicket celebration does Hasan. Useful runs these for Pakistan


WICKET – Mohammad Amir, who has been swinging away, chases a wide ball from Anderson. He was looking to play a shot through the offside, but clips it behind to Jonny Bairstow who takes a routine catch. Amir scored a swift 14 off 32 balls.

Pakistan, who are 114-8 off just 39 overs, in all sorts of trouble.


Sajid Sadiq, – Not sure what Pakistan had for lunch but it didn’t agree with them. Their struggles continue at Headingley although Mohammad Amir and Shadab Khan are battling away.


Pakistan into three figures. 101-7 with Shadab Khan 13* and Mohammad Amir 9* in the middle.


WICKET – Great conditions for the England seamers and we have a race on for a five-for. Anderson gets one to straighten and traps Ashraf lbw bang in front of the stumps.

Pakistan 79-7, with Anderson and Woakes on two apiece and Broad with three to his name.


Dawid Malan drops Faheem Asraf in the slips on 0, diving low to his left. Root perhaps hindering Malan’s view, with Broad once again unlucky not to add to his tally.


WICKET – Broad and Anderson continue to do the damage after lunch and England have their tails up.

A third wicket for Broad. Usman Salahuddin’s first Test innings comes to an end. He’s trapped lbw with his left foot firmly planted directly in front of the stumps.

Pakistan decided to review the decision, but he’s gone! – umpires call.

Pakistan 78-6.


WICKET – Sarfaraz Ahmed, who has been busy since lunch with 14 from 12 balls, falls to Jimmy Anderson. The Pakistan captain, who was looking to play across a full ball, can only watch as his defences are well and truly beaten.

The Pakistan side are under some real pressure now at 78-5.


A group of media have toured the new stand.


Lunch! England have had a great morning after losing the toss, reducing Pakistan to 68 for 4. Chris Woakes and Stuart Broad share two wickets apiece. Pakistan captain Safraz Ahmed, who will be feeling the pressure after opting to bat first, is now at the crease and has played a couple of crunching shots in the five minutes before lunch.


WICKET – Chris Woakes removes Haris Sohail, who had played a number of fine shots, caught at second slip by Dawid Malan for 28! The next man in is Usman Salahuddin who will face his first ball in Test cricket.


Sajid Sadiq, Editor of – A tough first hour or so for Pakistan. The ball doing plenty and the Pakistan batsmen looking nervous. Haris Sohail playing some delightful shots

Pakistan have moved on to 46 for 2 after 20 overs. Sam Curran has now bowled three overs conceding 13 runs in his first Test match.


Sohail with a sublime extra cover drive, beautifully timed and it hurtles towards the ropes. Pakistan 39-2 now, Sohail 21* and Shafiq 15*.


Sam Curran on to bowl his first ball of Test cricket. Broad has a brief word in his ear.

That completes a double change for England with Chris Woakes having bowled the previous over.


Drinks & the thoughts of Club journalist Graham Hardcastle

Stuart Broad has been exceptional this morning, making the batsmen play regularly, and fully deserves his two wickets. In all truth, he could have had more – an successful lbw appeal overturned and a tough catch flashing through the slips.

It is some surprise that Jimmy Anderson hasn’t been able to match him. His figures look good, but he just hasn’t made them play enough.

Ah, I spy Jonny Tattersall as 12th man bringing the drinks on!

Pakistan 24-2.


Some achievement from Alastair Cook.


After working the channel, Broad gets the ball to nip back and it clatters Azhar Ali’s front pad. He has a brief word with Sohail before making his way back to the pavilion.

That’s Broad’s second of the morning and 50th wicket against Pakistan, who are now 18-2.


Harris Sohail thick edges for four on the drive and a diving Jos Buttler almost gets his fingertips to it. A very difficult chance, but it clears gully and races away for four.

Pakistan now 17-1 after nine overs.


Another maiden for Broad. He’s bowled three overs, all three maidens with the early wicket to boot! Superb from Anderson and Broad early doors.

Pakistan have got their hands full here!


Welcome to Emerald Headingley everybody!


WICKET – Imam-ul-Haq looks to drive Broad when he really shouldn’t have and it’s clipped very quickly to Joe Root at third slip. A great start by England here with Broad and Anderson both bowling nicely.

Imam gone for 0 with Pakistan 0-1.


Stuart Broad gets another full one to cut back in to the left-hander and Imam-ul-Haq, who loses his balance in the process, is rattled on the pads.

Imam immediately reviews and umpire Tucker, who was quick to give it, is overturned with the ball tracking showing is soar over the top of the wickets


Jimmy Anderson gets us underway and almost gets Azhar Ali caught behind with the very first ball. FIve big day’s cricket ahead.

A very solid opening over from Anderson.


Three changes for England, Sam Curran makes his debut, Chris Woakes and Keaton Jennings also come into the side. So that’s six debutantes in England’s last eight Tests, as they continue their search for their best team. This is a Test which could have real implications for an under fire England – lets hope they come out fighting!



Pakistan win the toss and bat first

Chris Waters, The Yorkshire Post – I think the first hour will be particularly important. If England can win the first hour, it will give them confidence after their Lord’s defeat. Lose those first 60 minutes, however, and it could be something of an uphill battle.

Sajid Sadiq, – A long lecture from Head Coach Mickey Arthur before practice this morning. Pakistan players looked relaxed and then offered a prayer. Usman Salahuddin awarded his Test cap also.



Call in for a cuppa!


Cover star


Phew! Yorkshire and England wicket-keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow has passed a fitness test this morning and will play.


Pakistan in the house.


Boost to local economy


Pakistan TV presenter Zainab Abbas

England has been quite a lucky place for us and we’ve won quite a few matches here in both formats and we won the ICC Champions Trophy here last year, the World T20 in 2009. I feel England is always an amazing place to cover the team because the conditions suit Pakistan.

Having said that Pakistan played out of their skins at Lord’s and produced a very disciplined performance.

A lot of credit must go to Mickey Arthur, because he has given a lot of time to fitness and fielding and has brought in a culture where fitness is a priority. Anybody who isn’t fit enough, no matter how good they are, will not be part of the team and that is a standard he has set.

The boys have trained and worked really hard with Steve Rixon and the results are beginning to show. We saw Asad Shafiq take a flying catch in the slips in the previous match and the ground fielding is improving as well. When you make it a priority you see results like that.


Mark Arthur, Yorkshire CEO – “This is a great moment for Headingley.”

“It means everything to us as a club,” he said. “You’ve got all the history and tradition of Test matches coming to Headingley since 1899 and without the Test matches, I don’t think Leeds would be quite the same place.

“For those of us involved in the day to day running of the ground it’s the pinnacle and we really look forward to it from the moment that the schedule is announced. When it gets to this point we just can’t wait for it all to happen!

“The look and feel of the ground has changed and evolved so much over the years, we have to be cognizant, life has changed and it’s not the be all and end all for everybody. They used to have crowds of 30,000 or 40,000 rammed in watching the great England and Australia sides, then the Pakistan and India sides and then South Africa and West Indies over the years.

“We’re now sold out for the first two days, which I think is a tremendous effort because it’s the early season Test match yet again, which isn’t always conducive to the weather in Yorkshire. I think we’ll be okay for the next five days. And of course it’s during Ramadan as well, which makes it challenging not only to us trying to sell tickets, but also to the Muslim population around Leeds and Bradford.

“This is a really important Test match with England being 1-0 down. I think England were slightly under-cooked going into the Lord’s Test match. They probably hadn’t played enough County Cricket. I think they will be 100% ready for this one and that England will win.

“2019 will be fantastic because we’ve got this wonderful new stand that we’re constructing with our friends and partners from Leeds Rugby. It will open in time for the One-Day International between England and Pakistan and those dates will probably be announced in the next couple of weeks. Following that we’ve got four World Cup matches and then The Ashes, combined with Yorkshire’s programme of cricket anyway, 2019 is just going to be a wonderful year for cricket across the county.

“We’re enormously proud of any of our players who represent our country. When it comes to one-day cricket we’ve got five players representing us and we’re immensely proud of all of them. Obviously we lose them from playing for Yorkshire, but that gives another youngster the opportunity to stake their claim. But when pulling on the three lions there’s surely nothing better for a cricketer.”


Syed Yahya Hussaini, Sports Journalist – Pakistan

It was in 1987 when Pakistan defeated England last at Headingley, Leeds. And today, Pakistan team, under the captaincy of Sarfaraz Ahmad, will play the second test against England at the same venue.

English captain Joe Root will surely try his best to outclass Pakistan that seems to be in good touch after historic win at Lord’s.

While weighing the two sides, it seems Pakistan skipper, Sarfaraz has got luck by his side. A few days back, his victory at Lord’s got him among the five most successful captains of his country who were able to defeat England at Lord’s.

Sarfaraz, as captain, is playing his fifth Test today and we have yet to see if he wins the toss at Leeds. He was fortunate enough to have lost the toss at Lord’s. Pitch at Leeds looks a bit different with no grass on it. Toss may have an impact on the result of the game.

English team seems to be struggling with fitness issues in her camp. They have lost six of the last 8 Test they played. But the potential that they have can’t be overlooked. And then cricket is a game of chance.

I can recall what happened between the two teams back in 2006, both had scored more than 400 runs in first innings, but Pakistan batting lineup collapsed terribly in the second innings.

This time Pakistan scored more than 350 runs in its first innings at Lord’s but its batting looks unreliable due to lack of experience. A lot depends on Anderson and Broad if England is looking to win the Leeds Test. Otherwise Pakistan’s victory after 31 long years at Headingley Leeds looks inevitable.


Sajid Sadiq, Editor of

On the 27th May at a sun-drenched Lord’s, a jubilant and youthful Pakistan team defied the forecasts of impending defeat and answered their critics in style with an emphatic and stylish nine-wicket victory against a much-fancied England side.

Only five days later, the action moves to Emerald Headingley where a now-confident Pakistan side will take on a shell-shocked and wounded England team. Pakistan will be looking to seal their first Test series victory against England since 1996 and if the manner in which they took on the home side at Lord’s is any indication, the chances of another victory for the visitors are bright.


Graham Hardcastle, Club Journalist

Last summer’s Headingley Test was an absolute screamer, with the West Indies winning deep into the final day as Shai Hope became the first batsman ever to score two hundreds in a first-class match at this venue.

Well, this weekend’s clash has all the ingredients to match it.

England are under serious pressure with regards to their development as a side, their batting needs to show signs of encouragement, and they have to win to avoid a series defeat. If they don’t, they will drop to seven out of 10 in the ICC’s Test rankings.

And Pakistan are a must watch side. Rarely is it dull when they’re about.

You just never know what you’re getting. They can be brilliant, as they were at Lord’s – particularly with the ball, or then can be shocking. They are searching for a first series win in England for 22 years.

Good morning – While England talk about “heart” and “fight”, Pakistan are looking for “patience, discipline and intent” in their search for a first away series win against England in over 22 years.

Joe Root faces the media

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