Sky Sports – Alastair Cook’s 56th half-century in his record-equalling 153rd consecutive Test match came on a wretched day for England as Pakistan skittled the hosts for 184 at Lord’s.
- Alastair Cook’s 56th half-century in his record-equalling 153rd consecutive Test match came on a wretched day for England as Pakistan skittled the hosts for 184 at Lord’s.
- The left-hander – who survived a tight lbw review against Faheem Ashraf on 23 – shared stands of 57 and 49 with Jonny Bairstow (27) and Ben Stokes (38) respectively after the hosts tumbled to 43-3 inside 16 overs, with Mark Stoneman (4), skipper Root (4) and Dawid Malan (6) all falling cheaply.
- Cook was dismissed shortly before tea when Mohammad Amir (1-41) clipped the top of his off-stump and England proceeded to lose their final six wickets for 35 runs, with Mohammad Abbas (4-23) and Hasan Ali (4-51), preferred to namesake Rahat Ali in the Pakistan XI, sharing eight scalps.
- Cook’s half-century had glued England’s innings after Stoneman was bowled through the gate by a beauty from Abbas and Hasan had Root and Malan caught behind – Root falling to a lavish drive on his return to No 3, the spot from where he hit a career-best 254 against Pakistan in 2016.
- Amir put paid to Cook’s hopes of a fifth Test ton at HQ, though, and England wilted once he fell, with Stokes, who hammered leg-spinner Shadab Khan for the innings’ sole six, out lbw to Abbas on review in his first game at home since the second ODI against Windies in September.