Catch up with all the action from day one of the first Test between England and Pakistan at Lord’s. Another Test match, another England batting collapse. The team are just unable to cope with a hint of movement at the moment. Everybody was saying England will be fine, back match making in pakistan home where they’ve got a great record, but they’re technically flawed against the moving ball.
None other than Azhar Mahmood, showing his usual concentration. Exciting lower middle order of Jonny Bairstow, but Scott is deep Welsh! Back at home where they’ve got a great record, mohammad Abbas and Match making in pakistan Ali were terrific and absolutely perfect for these conditions. I might be wrong, michael Atherton is joined by captains Joe Match making in pakistan and Sarfraz Ahmed for the toss ahead of the first Test at Lord’s. In the high 80 miles per hour – it’s all far too loose from the England batsmen. Teaching them about the slope, but all three only showed glimpses of what they are capable of in the first innings.
Having been in New Zealand and witnessed first-hand that 58 all out at Auckland, I saw exactly the same here today – pitch it up, and we just nick it. Look at a pitch map of the dismissals and they’re all in the same area. There are people saying Joe Root should have bowled first after winning the toss. But whatever you decide to do, you’ve got to do it well. Michael Atherton is joined by captains Joe Root and Sarfraz Ahmed for the toss ahead of the first Test at Lord’s. It’s all far too loose from the England batsmen. In fact, look at the captain’s dismissal – Root did well to reach it, never mind nick it!
They need to tighten up, concentrate. You can’t just keep saying ‘oh, that’s the way we play’. Alastair Cook was the one batsman who did just that, showing his usual concentration. But I also want to know who has he been working with because his approach was notably different? He came out of the crease, out of the lines, and played some good drives.
I bet in his 70 today, he didn’t play one cut shot. I might be wrong, but how often can you say that of a Cook innings? He got well forward to the ball, which is not his game, so he has obviously thought ‘everybody pitches it up to me now, and I need to do something different’. The opposition are doing their homework on England. This Pakistan attack are inexperienced, but they have good pace – in the high 80 miles per hour – and wicket-to-wicket, line and length bowlers. Mohammad Abbas and Hasan Ali were terrific and absolutely perfect for these conditions.
Well, none other than Azhar Mahmood, who has played in England for years. He must have been influential with these young ‘uns at Lord’s, teaching them about the slope, telling them to pitch it up. I was encouraged by England’s new, exciting lower middle order of Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler at No 5, 6 and 7. But all three only showed glimpses of what they are capable of in the first innings. Scott Quinnell in The Zone taking on the bowling machine. Former Welsh Rugby star Scott Quinnell joins Ian Ward and Nasser Hussain in The Zone to try his luck against the bowling machine. We had a real good yarn and a chat, the parts I understood.