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PHOTOS: Crawley, Buttler, Anderson leave Pakistan in a mess

Last updated on: August 23, 2020 01:16 IST
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Images from Day 2 of the third and final Test match between England and Pakistan in Southampton, on Saturday.

Zak Crawley

IMAGE: England's Zak Crawley celebrates after scoring his maiden Test double century, during Day 2 of the third and final Test against Pakistan at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, on Saturday. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images for ECB

Zak Crawley and Jos Buttler shared a record partnership and James Anderson grabbed three wickets to put England in total control at the close on the second day of the third and final Test against Pakistan on Saturday.

 

Crawley, 22, became the third-youngest England player to make a double century and went on to 267 before the hosts declared their first innings on 583 for eight in Southampton.

Jos Buttler

IMAGE: England's Jos Buttler celebrates completing his century. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images for ECB

Anderson then took three wickets as Pakistan crumbled to 24 for three in reply, leaving England in prime position to win the match and clinch the series 2-0.

Crawley and Buttler (152) negotiated the second new ball in the morning session and went on to add 359 runs, surpassing England’s previous record fifth-wicket stand of 254 shared by Keith Fletcher and Tony Greig against India in 1973.

IMAGE: England pacer James Anderson appeals successfully for the wicket of Babar Azam of Pakistan. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Chris Woakes, Dom Bess and Stuart Broad added another 82 runs to help England post their highest total in four years.

Pakistan lost openers Shan Masood and Abid Ali along with Babar Azam in just under 11 overs.

IMAGE: England's Jos Buttler, right, and Zak Crawley run between the wickets. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images for ECB

Anderson claimed all three wickets and is only four short of becoming the first pace bowler to reach the milestone of 600 in Tests.

Earlier, after making a cautious start in a rain-hit morning session, Crawley converted his maiden Test hundred into a double ton on a batting-friendly pitch in Southampton.

The 22-year-old Kent batsman became the third-youngest Englishman to reach the milestone when he edged his 25th boundary in 331 deliveries.

Zak Crawley

IMAGE: Zak Crawley bats during Day 2. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images for ECB

Crawley, who had only scored three first-class hundreds prior to the Test, went on make 267 before he was stumped by Pakistan wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan to become part-time off-spinner Asad Shafiq's first wicket of the match.

Rain interrupted play twice before Buttler (140 not out) reached his second Test century.

England were teetering on 127-4 on Friday when Crawley and Buttler came together to launch a counter-attack, helping the hosts reach a commanding 332-4 at the end of day one.

Jos Buttler

IMAGE: England batsman Jos Buttler hits out. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Anderson left Pakistan reeling with his three-wicket burst late on Day 2. Opener Masood was trapped leg before wicket for four despite taking the review.

His opening partner Abid Ali perished in Anderson's next over as he was caught in the slips and Azam was dismissed leg before wicket off the last ball of the day as he decided to walk without taking the review.

Pakistan need a victory to level the series after England won the opening match in Manchester by three wickets, and the rain-hit second game ended in a draw.

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