After being authoritative in the first innings of the first test, it seems like the praises they had received were more than enough not to continue with the good tactics ahead. With the new management and the inexperience lads included in the side, the guests have failed miserably to impress in all three tests so far.
The hard work added to the first inning of the first test after batting first went vacant as Woakes and Buttler added their massive partnership to demolish the plans.
Although the second test ended in a draw the performance was still not in Men in Green’s favor. It could be counted as their utmost luck as the series after the second test could have been 2-0.
England cross 530 in the first innings and going, will Pakistan be able to chase in two?
The third Southampton test going in a full-fledge with fewer weather interruptions seem to dominate the batting line-up as Zak Crawley was near smashing a triple century in their face. After reaching his maiden red-ball century, he made it to a double ton and reached 267 until the bowling substitute, Asad Shafiq, became lucky enough to grab the massive wicket. However, it could not have been a happier moment as the score already had crossed a tough margin to be faced by Pakistan easily.
Jos Buttler, who became one of the reasons for winning the first test, has once again shown his potent in the team. Earlier, he believed that his keeping was doubted and the series could have been last of his red-ball tenure, but the bombastic performance has confirmed his place for sure as the wicket-keeping experienced batsman has crossed 150. However, 152 was his last spot as Pakistan’s number six batsman, Fawad Alam has picked him up before he’d have continued more.
Grabbing the openers at Lunch of Day 1, Shaheen and Yasir gave some hope that is now washed away with England’s rain in fewer areas. The hosts have already crossed 530+ runs and have not fallen wickets short in the initial inning. It is extremely hard for Pakistan to chase for the target even in two innings as even their senior test batsmen, Asad Shafiq and skipper Azhar Ali are out of form since their last many test innings. The poor average is to cost Men in Green adversely as the series is going to be a clean sweep undoubtedly (2-0).