Graham Hardcastle, Club Journalist – Ruthless bowling and fielding performance from England, with that Alastair Cook catch at slip off Stuart Broad special. In terms of the batting, it was workmanlike.

At least England can now go into the India series later in the summer with some belief.

First it’s the one-dayers, though. Bring on the Aussies.

Sajid Sadiq, – A comprehensive and deserved win for England who outplayed Pakistan in all departments. Pakistan will look at this test as a poor performance and one with a lack of focus and intent. Lord’s belonged to Pakistan and Leeds belongs to England

Guy Williams, The Cricket Paper – Excellent win for England and a victory that reinforces the authority of skipper Joe Root. India will be much tougher. Congratulations to Bess on a strong all round performance.


That’s it Broad gets the final wicket. Pakistan all out for 134. He finishes with 3-28 in this innings. A short ball diverted to Root via Abbas’ bat.

A dominant innings and 55 run win at Emerald Headingley. It’s safe to say they’ve well and truly answered their critics and can now breathe a sigh of relief. The two match series ends one apiece.



WICKET – Hasan Ali out for 9, Broad entices him to push at one in the channel and it flies off the bat to Cook at first slip. A superb catch from Cook, lightning quick reactions.

Pakistan 124-9, still 65 runs behind.

We’ve got a delayed tea and it can be delayed for up to 30 minutes.


Praise indeed from Michael Vaughan.


WICKET – Bess makes it 3-21, this time getting Salahuddin caught at mid-on by Root in the process of trying to hit him over the top. Such a shame as the debutante played such a patient innings and he’ll be disappointed to have gotten out through such a reckless swing.

Pakistan 115-8 and trail by 74.


WICKET – Faheem Ashraf goes after Bess despite there being plenty of time left in the game. He’s gone for just three. Wildly swings and skies one with a bit of extra dip and Malan takes the catch at backward point. Pakistan 111-7.

Sajid Sadiq, – The end is nigh for Pakistan. Seven down and it looks certain that it will all be over today. Usman Salahuddin battling hard but the Pakistan batsmen will be disappointed with their effort today.


WICKET – And a big one. The series’ leading run-scorer Shadab Khan wafts at one in the channel and Curran has his second Test wicket. Cook with a nice catch at first slip to finish the job.

England will feel they can get this done tonight. Pakistan still require 87 to make England bat again – 102-6.


Some official news from the ECB

England all-rounder Ben Stokes will miss th e ODI against Scotland in Edinburgh and will be unavailable for the first part of the five-match Royal London ODI series against Australia as he recovers from a left hamstring tear.

Stokes, who sustained the injury in the build-up to the NatWest Test match at Headingley against Pakistan, will be assessed later this week. He will continue his rehabilitation programme and will return to his county side Durham on Monday.

Middlesex batsman Dawid Malan has been added to the squad for the Scotland game on Sunday, June 10 and Kent batsman Sam Billings has been drafted into the squad for the Australia series, which gets underway at the Kia Oval on Wednesday, June 13.


A change in the bowling as Sam Curran comes into the attack.


WICKET – Pakistan could be facing an innings defeat here. They’re still 92 behind and Woakes now has the captain Sarafaraz Ahmed trapped – plumb lbw for just 8. He doesn’t even bother discussing a review and tucks his bat under his arm. It was a full length delivery and the England fielding placements made him just a tad hesitant in getting across to the ball.

Pakistan now 97-5 with England working their way through the Pakistan line-up in ruthless fashion.


WICKET – Bess gets his maiden Test wicket! Well done young man. Pakistan decide to go after the spinner, but Bess strikes with the final ball of the over.

Imam-ul-Haq the one to depart for 34. Nice variation from the youngster who hits deck and pins Imam lbw front pad below the knee.

Pakistan review it as there’s a hint it could have pitched outside the line. Ball tracking shows it clipping top of middle and it stands – ‘umpires call’.


Salahuddin pokes a wide one from Anderson past third slip for four to move into double figures. He’s finding his feet here. Pakistan now 129 behind. Anderson toiling a little and doesn’t look happy. He still has 2-30 and five in the match.

Anderson calls on the ground staff and they get to work on the bowlers foot holes, with the fast bowler supervising.


Graham Hardcastle, Club Journalist – What a difference a week makes, hey!

England are now brimming with confidence and are all over Pakistan like a rash. A hugely entertaining morning courtesy of Jos Buttler and Jimmy Anderson. Lankys delighting the Headingley faithful. Who’d have thunk it?

13:00pm – Lunch

Sajid Sadiq, – Pakistan in all sorts of trouble at Lunch and looking like a team who want a couple of days off. England dominating with Pakistan floundering.


WICKET – This has been a very good session for England. Shafiq gone after a review for 5. Broad sends a fairly average one down, which looks to be going down leg side and it grazes the glove of Shafiq, who was trying to flick it away. Jonny Bairstow pouches behind the stumps and Root signals for a review.

It’s given!

That was Broad’s 415th Test wicket

Pakistan trail by 141 at Emerald Headingley, and look dangerously dejected heading into the afternoon session.


WICKET – Haris mistimes a drive due to poor foot movement and Dom Bess does the rest with a perfectly timed and fine grab. The youngster is at full stretch to his left and somehow manages to hang on to the ball.

Pakistan 30-2.


WICKET – That-is-out! Middle stump knocked over by Anderson. Azhar Ali the man to fall, playing and missing at a straight one. He’s gone for 11. Azhar is fuming with himself here, especially given the solid start that Pakistan were enjoying.

Jimmy Anderson is pumped up now, he enjoyed that one!

Pakistan 20-1.


Can England get over the line here at Emerald Headingley.


WICKET – Jimmy Anderson cuts a full toss for four runs, but is then caught at first slip off the bowling of Ali the very next ball.

England are all out for 363, a lead of 189.

Guy Williams, The Cricket Paper – Top batting by Buttler at Headingley, who is unbeaten on 80, but is there a case for him batting higher in the order?

Sajid Sadiq, – Pakistan trudge off the field with clouds overhead, the floodlights on and a deficit of 189 runs. It’s going to take some rain and lots of heroic batting to save this one for Pakistan.


Buttler is dropped by Usman Salahuddin at deep backward square leg and then smashes one miles straight back down the ground from Ashraf. If anyone is on the rugby pitch, could we have the ball back please.

Yet another four from Buttler through the covers takes him to 80* and England to 359-9.

Buttler has added 42 runs in just 53 minutes.


WICKET – Broad attempts to pull a shorter ball from Abbas down to long leg, but it the process tops it slightly. Ashraf has plenty to do and takes a terrific catch down near the boundary ropes.

England 344-9 with a lead of 170. Anderson the last man for England.


Buttler has clearly decided to put his foot down here.

A perfectly timed cover drive from Buttler is followed with a top edge which flies beyond the boundary for six.

That brings up his half century, his eighth 50 in 20 Tests. 55*, from 92 balls, including 7 × 4s and 1 × 6. 153 at the crease so far. England 334-8.


Birthday boy Curran out! And on 20 as well. Early drama.

He edges Abbas through to Asad Shafiq at second slip. It’s one of those low catches. The umpires decide to have another look and after several replays it’s OUT. A superb catch from Shafiq who does well to get his fingers under the ball.

England 319-8 – a lead of 145.


A flurry of early boundaries for Buttler takes him to 43*, can he become the second player in this match to pass the 50-mark?

Amir, who bowled the first over, is in real trouble here and is clutching his left shoulder in between deliveries.

Curran, under pressure from Abbas, who has nailed couple of deliveries, then picks the ball nicely and drives for four.

England 319-7.


Here come the players, Buttler 34* and Sam Curran, 20 years old today, on 16*. England 302-7, a 128 run lead.

We’ve got dark cloud overhead and the floodlights on. Buttler to face Mohammad Abbas (1-60) and a big appeal goes up for lbw. No interest from the umpire though.


Sajd Sadiq, – Day 2 of the final Test of the two-match series between England and Pakistan saw England accumulate a 128 run lead and with three more wickets left in the tank, the home side could easily increase Pakistan’s agony by end of Day 3 of this absorbing tussle.

The Headingley Test match compared to the First Test at Lord’s is proving to be the exact opposite in terms of fortunes for both sides. Whilst Pakistan could not be faulted for opting to bat first, the inability to score a significant amount of runs in the 1st innings could cost them dearly as their Head Coach Mickey Arthur indicated during his end of day comments on Day 2.

For England, the path to drawing this short series is clear and simple. They will need to try and bat as long as the final three wickets can hold fort, with the hope that they can increase the lead to beyond 200 runs.

Jos Buttler and Sam Curran, the overnight not-out England batsmen look settled at the moment and their current partnership will continue to grow unless Pakistan’s pace quartet or the exciting leg-spinner Shadab Khan can dig deep and run through England very quickly during the morning session.

It will be then up to the visitor’s inexperienced batting order to stand tall and defy a rampant England bowling attack which will be eager to repeat their heroics from Pakistan’s first innings. A tense battle seems to be in the offing on Day 3 with England the more likelier of the two teams to emerge as the happier side when stumps are called later today.


Behind the scenes

Great moves!


The weather forecast courtesy of Abbie Dewhurst.


Graham Hardcastle, Club Journalist – A stunner of a morning at Emerald Headingley, and England will push for a series levelling victory on day three. It should be a fun start if Jos Buttler can marshal the tail.

Away from Headingley, there are a quartet of Royal London one-day Cup fixtures that impact upon Yorkshire’s qualification chances; Derbyshire v Lancashire, Durham v Notts, Warwickshire v Leicestershire and Worcestershire v Northants.

Looking at the North Group table, there is every chance Yorkshire will have to win their remaining two fixtures to finish in the top three.


Brilliant photograph of the old Western Terrace at Headingley. It’ll be full to bursting today and with the brilliant atmosphere it’s renowned for.


The game will move forward as they say – David Gower.


Sun is shining, the weather is sweet.


I can see my all time hero Fred Trueman charging in from the Kirkstall Lane End.


England built a first-innings lead of 128 in the second Test against Pakistan, ending a rain-shortened second day on 302-7 at Emerald Headingley.

Rain stopped play for a large portion of the day, but we did eventually get some cricket. Root was removed by Amir, looking to drive on 45 and Bess fell agonisingly close to a half-century that he thoroughly deserved.

A productive day for England, who take a 128-run first innings lead into the third day thanks with Sam Curran, celebrating his 20th birthday, and Jos Buttler (34 not out) at the crease. Could it finish today if England quickly add to their lead this morning? I suppose we’ll have to wait and see…


Scyld Berry, The Telegraph – England are yet to ram home their advantage over Pakistan owing to a familiar failing. Having dismissed the tourists for 174, England would be set up for a series-levelling victory if one of their batsmen had made a century.

As it is, in a low-scoring Test between two countries short of world-class batting, England’s first innings lead of at least 128 should prove decisive. New balls have swung in the hands of all bowlers and batting has not been quite so easy as it was when Don Bradman made his triple centuries at Headingley.

Simon Hughes, The Sunday Times – Stick or twist? It’s the ultimate dilemma for a struggling cricketer. Do they persevere with the method that originally got them to the top or contemplate change and risk losing everything? England’s batting problems had become so acute in the first Test at Lord’s that there was really no option. “Twist” it had to be. And, with a substantial lead after two days of the second Test, so far so good.

Ali Martin, The Guardian – There may be a couple of imposters in this Test series who go by the names of Shadab Khan and Dominic Bess. They have broken into their respective teams purporting to be spin bowlers but, fiendishly, they appear to have designs on being proper batsmen.

Richard Gibson, The Mail on Sunday – England will press for a first win in nine Test matches on Sunday after a collective batting effort fronted by nightwatchman Dominic Bess opened up an imposing 128-run lead at Headingley.

Responding to the humiliating defeat against Pakistan at Lord’s last week, Joe Root’s team displayed greater grit in the middle in what were favourable bowling conditions as they look to square the series.

John Etheridge, The Sun – IN the first ten days of his England career, Dominic Bess has smiled, entertained with his chat and scored 57 and 49 in consecutive innings.

Not bad for a 20-year-old novice who was chosen only because his mate from Somerset was injured.

Chris Waters, The Yorkshire Post – Michael Vaughan has reopened his war of words with England pace bowler Stuart Broad.

Broad claimed that Vaughan has little insight into the England dressing room after the former England captain said that he should be dropped following the defeat to Pakistan in the first Test at Lord’s.


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Guy Williams, The Cricket Paper – England strongly placed going into the third day…. England weather permitting are favourites to win at Emerald Headingley where they should draw the series after the poor performance at Lord’s. Can Anderson and Broad produce a match winning performance and can Curran reveal his potential as a seam bowler?

Sajid Sadiq, – England were 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. The forecast looks set to favour the batsmen so Pakistan have their work cut out.

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