Evening Standard – Outside Headingley on the second evening of England’s crushing three-day victory over Pakistan, which saved face and the series, there was a curious scene.

Summary

  • Outside Headingley on the second evening of England’s crushing three-day victory over Pakistan, which saved face and the series, there was a curious scene.
  • It would be dangerous to draw too many conclusions from Smith’s first series leading the selection and to start chanting his name too loudly.
  • While Dom Bess particularly but also Sam Curran have made encouraging starts to life in Test cricket, Smith got one thing emphatically right: the return of Jos Buttler.
  • Many questioned the wisdom of a recall without red-ball cricket, but Buttler has proved them wrong by looking as accomplished as any England batsman, batting further out of his crease and leaving and defending superbly.
  • Buttler’s workload, like Joe Root’s or Ben Stokes’, now needs managing because his is one name Smith won’t have to ponder hard ahead of the first India Test at Edgbaston.


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