England captain Alastair Cook eyes Old Trafford lift after Lord's letdown

by Steven Clarke July 23, 2016, 7:49
England captain Alastair Cook eyes Old Trafford lift after Lord's letdown

Cook registered his 29th Test hundred, drawing level with Sir Don Bradman, and Joe Root also reached three figures as England piled up 314 for four on day one at Old Trafford.

The hosts lacked a lot in their batting attack and only Chris Woakes was the one who bowled very well in the first test match and now they will be looking to make some changes in the team and get some experienced players like James Anderson in the team for the second match.

PAKISTAN: M Hafeez, Shan Masood, Azhar Ali, Younus Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed (wkt), Wahab Riaz, M Aamir, Yasir Shah and Rahat Ali.

Predictably, there were a few jeers as Amir prepared to bowl the first ball of the match.

England continued to look good after the break, with Cook eventually making 105 before falling to Amir from the final ball before tea. Yasir Shah was declared man of the match as he took 10 wickets in the match.

Early in the innings, Alex Hales (10) was dropped in the seventh over but he was castled moments later by a beauty from Mohammad Amir (2-63).

That became the last delivery before tea, with England 210 for two at the interval.

England captain Alastair Cook said he will take Pakistan's push-up celebration as a "motivation" to win the second Test, while Misbah clarified that act was carried out to honour country's army which helped them during their fitness camp before the series.

But three balls later, having repeatedly moved the ball away from Hales, Amir skilfully swung the ball back into the right-handed opener.

Instead of playing for the national side last week Anderson, England's all-time leading Test wicket-taker with 454 dismissals, bowled 22 overs for Lancashire, taking 3-58 in their County Championship defeat by Durham at Southport.

Cook then cashed in on a rare Shah short ball with a pull to the mid-wicket rope. Alastair Cook, unfazed by the fall of first wicket, continues his confident start with Joe Root joining him on the pitch.

As the sun beat down, Cook took control of the strike and the run scoring, bursting with emotion when his 29 Test century arrived from 157 balls with 14 fours. Cook won the toss and opted to bat first.

Root's Yorkshire team-mate Gary Ballance had to work hard for his runs, and eventually chopped on to Rahat, but his and Root's stand of 73 still put the seal on England's day.


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