Published: Thu, May 31, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

England got it wrong and must learn quickly, says Root

England got it wrong and must learn quickly, says Root

The Yorkshireman was not hiding away from evident problems after England were dispatched early on day four at Lord's - where they were bowled out for 184 after he chose to bat and then could set Pakistan only 64 to win after mustering 242 at their second attempt.

Just when it seemed Pakistan would have it easy against England in the Lord's test match, Jos Buttler and Dominic Bess combined together to pull the hosts back to a respectable position.

The touring side, 179 runs ahead on first innings, struck twice to dismiss openers Alastair Cook and Mark Stoneman and leave England facing their first defeat in a May test at the home of cricket.

England captain Joe Root admitted his team had been comprehensively outplayed by an inexperienced Pakistan side in their nine-wicket loss to the tourists in the first Test at Lord's.

England resumed on 235-6 and with a lead of 56 runs, but lost its last four wickets for seven runs in 25 balls.

From the moment Root chose to bat first in awkward conditions, his team was unable to rise to the challenge with bat, ball or in the field.

But after a stand of 60, the stoic Malan fell to Mohammad Amir straight after drinks - with an edge behind, where Sarfraz Ahmed took an excellent catch diving one-handed low to his left.

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Amir also took the final wicket, removing the off stump of overnight batsman Dom Bess for 57.

Amir and Abbas finished the innings with four wickets apiece.

It's hard to argue that the latest Test match defeat will be something the England squad and fans alike want to forget about and put behind them instantly.

It took Pakistan just 12.4 overs to reach their victory target, with Sohail hitting a six and a four against 20-year-old off-spinner Bess, who went wicketless on debut, as Pakistan sealed their to fifth win in a Test at Lord's in style.

At the close of play on the day 2, Pakistan trailed England by 177 runs with Mohammad Amir was 19 not out and Mohammad Abbas scored 4 at the crease.

Pakistan's Mohammad Abbas celebrates after taking the wicket ofEngland's Jos Butler lbw during the fourth day of play of the first test cricket match between England and Pakistan at Lord's cricket ground in London, Sunday, May 27, 2018.

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