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England vs Pakistan, 2nd Test Result – England won by an innings and 55 runs

England vs Pakistan, 2nd Test Result - England won by an innings and 55 runs

England vs Pakistan, 2nd Test Headingley, Leeds.

ENG 363
PAK 174, 134-all out (46.0 Ovs)
PLAYER OF THE MATCH
Jos Buttler

PLAYER OF THE SERIES
Mohammad Abbas

Joe Root, England Captain (2/2): “It’s a really good step forward as a team, and hopefully we can keep going, and move on from this. I think the youngsters like Curran, Bess, etc did a really good job. It was a really difficult job to bat, and Cook batted well with Jennings. That partnership with Bess put us in a really good position, and backed up the senior players. We were below par at Lord’s, and we were low on confidence after a tough winter. But we showed character as a group and we showed what we are made of and showed that we were very ambitious as a team. It’s important to learn lessons from weeks like these as well, but it’s even more important to take the confidence going forward. Certainly think we can beat India in England if we play the way we did in this Test.”



Joe Root, England Captain (1/2): “Yeah it was a better performance. We spoke as a group about character last week, as it was a tough week. We spoke of playing with pride and enjoyment. We adapted well with the conditions, and learnt quickly. And even though we lost the toss, it worked in our favour. As a group we were really good. A few guys stood up with a point to prove and it was a really good win for us. The opening bowlers set the tone for the Test. They were very well backed up as well. We were very balanced in our batting as well. We were really good in attack and defence as well. That’s the best thing: when you go out and prove to others what you’ve got inside, that’s what so satisfying for me. I think it was the nature of the pitch that no one got a hundred. There was a lot of lateral movement, a lot of seam movement and later when it got cooler, there was some swing as well. There was some spin as well, and credit to the groundstaff for producing the pitch that they did and credit to the lads for such a good performance.”
Sarfaraz Ahmed, Pakistan captain: “The toss decision was correct, but we didn’t back up the decision with our batting. They bowled really well in the first two hours and we didn’t bat well, so credit to them. It was a good batting pitch. We certainly didn’t apply ourselves as well as we did in Lord’s, and we were not as well disciplined. The batting was not up to the mark. Dropped catches are a part and parcel of the game. When we were down by 180 runs, there was some pressure on the batting side and again we didn’t capitalize on a good batting pitch. I am quite proud of my young team which did extremely well in the two Test matches.”
Mohammad Abbas, Man of the Series (10 wickets): “I was worried and disappointed that I wouldn’t get my name on the Lord’s honour’s board. I would have been more happy if we won the series. According to the seaming conditions, I try and bowl in the right areas, it is a part and parcel of bowling on a seaming track of not getting the nick. Sometimes you get the nicks, sometimes you don’t. The English were under pressure, because I had done well. They changed the ploy against me by standing outside the crease, but I’ll look to improve my bowling further. And I wish Wasim Akram a very happy birthday!”
Jos Buttler, Man of the Match 80*(101): “Yeah, thrilled to be back in the side. Brilliant opportunity. Wanted to make the most of it and really enjoyed the occasion. The pitch was such that bowlers were always in the game. Batsmen could get starts, but there would always be balls that could get wickets. I thought this performance backed up a tough week at Lord’s, which shows what the batsmen are capable of. It is fun to take some slogging into Test batting. I think I’m lucky that I got this opportunity, and that someone gave me this opportunity and showed faith in me is very encouraging.”





ENG 1st Innings

ENG 1st Innings

Pak 2nd Innings

Pak 2nd Innings

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