Friday, 22 July 2016

Alastair Cook and Joe Root tons help England dominate

Second Test, Old Trafford, day four:

England 314-4:
Root 141*, Cook 105

Yet to bat

Alastair Cook and Joe Root hit centuries as England laid down a strong platform on day one of the second Test against Pakistan at Old Trafford, Greater Manchester.

Cook's 105 was his 29th Test hundred, putting him level with Sir Donald Bradman, and helped his side to 314-4.

Root, who put on 185 with Cook for the second wicket, was unbeaten on 141 at stumps, his 10th Test century.

Mohammad Amir took 2-63, including bowling Cook, but Pakistan - who lead the series - toiled on a flat pitch.

England's batting was much improved from their 75-run defeat in the opening Test at Lord's, when they were dismissed for 272 and 207.

Much of the pre-match talk surrounded their struggles against Yasir Shah, who took 10 wickets at Lord's, but Cook and Root scored 39 and 45 respectively against him.

On a pitch expected to provide assistance to the spinners, Yasir conceded 111 runs off his 31 overs.

James Vince was dropped by Younus Khan at slip before being caught behind for 18 off Rahat Ali, while Gary Ballance combined for 78 with Root before falling for 23.

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