Chris Woakes impressed with a four-wicket haul but it was Misbah-ul-Haq’s unbeaten century which highlighted the first day of the first Test between England and Pakistan at Lord’s as the visitors posted 282 for six from 87 overs at stumps.
Pakistan fans were celebrating before their team took on England at Lord's as a team representing the National Asian Cricket Council beat their counterparts from the Barmy Army to win the first Edgbaston Fans Trophy.
The four-match Test series between England and Pakistan gets underway on Thursday with the first game at Lord's. This is the first time England are hosting Pakistan since 2010. Ahead of the much awaited first Test, let us have a look into some of the key statistics.
England batsman Gary Ballance, who has been recalled to the Test side for the first match against Pakistan at Lord’s, dismissed concerns over his groin injury and said that he is fit to play on Thursday.
The chief executive of Bangladesh Cricket Board Nizamuddin Chowdhury has ruled out hosting England at a neutral venue in October amid concerns over security in the country following a terrorist attack.
Lauren Winfield and Tammy Beaumont continued their excellent form at the top of the order as England Women set a target of 171 runs and went on to secure a 57-run victory against Pakistan Women to complete a 3-0 clean sweep in the third Twenty20 International in Chelmsford.
Defending a total of 138 runs, England Women bowled Pakistan Women out for 103 runs in 19.4 overs to secure a 35-run victory in the second Twenty20 International in Southampton and took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
Jos Butler scored a 49-ball 73 and shared a 114-run unbeaten stand with Eoin Morgan as England chased down a target of 141 runs in 17.3 overs to complete a comprehensive eight wicket win over Sri Lanka in the only Twenty20 International in Southampton.