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Graham Hardcastle, Club Journalist – A solid day for England, no doubt about that, and it should be fun in the morning if Sam Curran and Jos Buttler stay together for an hour or so.

I realise Pakistan bowled well and there was assistance on offer, but it was frustrating to see all of England’s batsmen get starts and not push on, with Dom Bess’s 49 the best so far.

Sajid Sadiq, – England firmly in control at the end of Day 2. Pakistan failed to take wickets in batches on a day where they toiled hard but didn’t get the rewards they will have wanted.


That’s it for the day. England lead Pakistan by 128 after Day 2 of must-win second Test at Emerald Headingley.

Jos Buttler unbeaten on 34 after being dropped on four by Hasan Ali at mid-wicket; nightwatchman Dom Bess scored an impressive 49.

Still only one batsman to surpass 50 – Shadab Kham – which suggests you’re never really in on this unpredictable pitch.

Join us tomorrow for what promises to be another enthralling day’s play.


WICKET – Woakes goes for a decent 17. Mohammad Abbas with a classy delivery which finds the edge of his bat and it’s catching practice for Sarfaraz behind the stumps.

England 285-7, a lead of 111. Sam Curran the new man in.

STAT: That’s five dismissals in an innings for Sarfaraz, the third time he’s done that in Test cricket – all three times against England.


Amir back into the attack and he continues to cause the English batsmen problems. Chris Woakes battling hard and has flashed wafted at a couple.

This hasn’t quite been the run fest that many would have expected. It has been a case of slow and steady for England ever since Bairstow’s brief cameo.

Buttler is 32 off 53 and Woakes 17 off 30.


WICKET – The pairing of Bairstow and Buttler were motoring along but it’s Bairstow who departs for 21.

Just as he was starting to look dangerous with back-to-back fours, one down to third man and the other a fine looking punch through the off-side, he chases one outside off stump and clips it behind to Sarfaraz. An hour exactly at the crease.

Fair play to the bowler Faheem Ashraf for persevering, he got his reward.

England 260-6, a lead of 86 and the new ball is not taken.



Jos Buttler dropped on four. He looks to heave Shadab over mid-wicket and it should really have been taken by Hasan Ali. The ball rolls away for four runs. A lucky escape there as the chances keep on coming for Pakistan.

Buttler then cuts a furious Shadab for four the very next ball.

Buttler and Bairstow at the crease together could be a recipe for quick runs.


WICKET – Shadab Khan finds a bit of extra bounce and Bess edges behind to the only slip Asad Shafiq. He misses out on a Test fifty that in all honesty he probably deserved.

He’s gone for 49 off 95 balls. 146 minutes at the crease, including 7 × 4s.

England are undoing some of their hard work here at 212-5.


WICKET – And it’s Malan who is on his way back to the dressing rooms. Amir, back into the attack and with his first ball after tea, gets one to kick up off the surface and the left-hander, who can’t get his bat out of the way, nicks behind to the waiting Haris Sohail.

All about the extra bounce

Malan gone for 28 off 71. Bairstow, the new man in, gets a fantastic reception.

England now 201-4.


Time for a very long evening session. 32 overs remaining and we could potentially play right through to 19:30pm. Bess and Malan back out there for England who lead by 26 runs.


Dom Bess sees off the final ball of the session in very solid fashion and that’s tea. Sheer determination from him so far.

This partnership of 61 between Bess and Malan has put England very much in the box seat at Emerald Headingley. Bess is 40 not out, with Malan unbeaten on 27. England are 199-3, leading by 25.


Malan visibly growing in confidence as he shuffles forward and times it beautifully through extra cover for four. He really did catch that sweetly and it raced off the bat for four.

England 196-3, Malan has 25 of those.


Just as it looks as though Pakistan are tightening things up and regaining some control, Malan lap sweeps Khan down to fine leg and then straight drives Ashraf towards the construction end of the ground. England 188-3.


Scores level and England have seven batsmen in hand. England 174-3. Bess has endured a few nervy moments, but just as he looks in trouble he produces a classy square drive for four runs off Faheem Ashraf.

Graham Hardcastle, Club Journalist – Excellent from Dom Bess, who has all the ability to turn himself into a genuine all-rounder. Just ask Matthew Fisher, who played with him for the MCC in Barbados in March and saw him score a century against Essex.


Saj Sadiq, – Important phase of the match. Amir with the huge wicket of Root but England are digging in and closing in on Pakistan’s total. Pakistan in need of a couple of quick wickets.


Despite the rain, cricket has been played all day at Emerald Headingley.


WICKET – Amir tempts Root into the drive, but he misjudges it and thin edges through to Sarfaraz. The captain deoarts on 45 from 72 balls.

Pakistan will be delighted with the early breakthrough. England 138-3.


Another four for Bess. Pakistan leaking runs here, 24 added already, Hasan Ali the culprit on this occasion.

Root 40* and Bess 11* – England 132-2.

An interesting way to listen to the coverage.


Bess gets on the front foot to Amir and cover drives towards the Western Terrace to huge cheers. Plenty of fancy dress on show today too!


Soft hands from Root, who edges Amir through the slips for four runs- not for the first time in this match. 110-2, trailing by 64.


Slowly but surely people are coming back into their seats with Jerusalem ringing around Emerald Headingley. The lights are on and its a balmy but overcast afternoon.

We’re underway with Amir to Root and the England Test captain leaves the first ball of Day 2.


If we have no further rain, the match is scheduled to commence at 14:45pm.

There are 59 overs to be bowled, with tea due at 16:40pm.


Good news! The players are out warming up with 14:50pm being mooted a potential start time.


Providing there’s no more rain, there will be a further inspection at 14:20pm.



A further inspection has been pencilled in for 13:50pm.


The umpires are out – inspection underway.


Sajid Sadiq, – The weather continues to frustrate at Emerald Headingley today and the expected full house waits for the weather to improve. Mixed emotions for Pakistan, as they will want to get out there in overcast conditions but on the other hand less playing time increases their chance of a draw.


Here’s an update courtesy of our friends and colleagues at ARY Sports.


No play possible yet, but there’s plenty to talk about off the field. Here’s Michael Vaughan speaking out on his feud with Stuart Broad.

See our ‘What the papers say’ section below for a bit of background.



Headingley masterplan

While we await the start of play on Day 2, why not take a look at the Headingley masterplan here


The thoughts of Sajid Sadiq,

A shell-shocked England seem to have made amends for their lacklustre performance at Lord’s to take the high ground in the 2nd Test being played at Emerald Headingley.

After Pakistan won the toss and opted to bat, the England pace battery went back to business-as-usual to bowl out the visitors for a paltry 174. England then batted with resolve and whilst the batting conditions were markedly improved later during the day, the home side’s batsmen took the fight to Pakistan ending up on 106/2, just 68 runs behind Pakistan at stumps on Day 1.

With unsettled weather forecast for the next few days, England will look to march on and try and put the game out of Pakistan’s reach with a significant lead to boot. With reduced playing hours on Day 2 due to rain, both teams will be jockeying for advantage with Pakistan trying to use favourable bowling conditions brought on by cloud cover to minimise the damage of Day 1.

Mohammad Abbas and Mohammad Amir, the main tormentors for England at Lord’s will be looking to snatch back the advantage from England when and if play resumes today. England, for their part will look to captain Joe Root to lead them towards a substantial score but will be wary of the damage that Pakistan’s pace quartet can inflict with quick wickets if given half an opportunity. However, if Joe Root’s composure at the crease so far is any indicator, Pakistan bowlers may have their task cut out on Day 2.


Then and now – the changing face of Emerald Headingley.

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