Hasan Ali, Abbas put Pakistan on top vs England

Sarfraz could be suspended if Pakistan commit another over-rate offence

Sarfraz could be suspended if Pakistan commit another over-rate offence

Stokes (9) then clothed Shadab straight to sub fielder Fakhar Zaman at midwicket before Abbas picked up the key scalp of Root lbw, the England skipper's review in vain with technology showing the ball, which nipped back off a good length, would have gone on to pelt leg stump.

It was a resolute effort that followed on from the disciplined display of Pakistan pacemen Mohammad Abbas and Hasan Ali, who took four wickets apiece on Thursday.

Buttler and Bess, however, kept Pakistan at bay with Bess - whose first-class debut, against Pakistan, was just two years ago - driving Hasan Ali for four to give England the lead.

The pair came together with the hosts reeling at 110 for six, 69 runs behind the touring side and heading for their first loss in a May Test at the home of cricket inside three days.

The afternoon session saw Amir strike twice to initiate a collapse that saw England lose four wickets for 19 runs.

Pakistan, whose players are effectively banned from the Indian Premier League, had arguably better preparation for this series than that enjoyed by England's Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler while they were playing in the lucrative Twenyty20 event.

"With Dom Bess, it was like Joe Root walked back out, with his back foot punches and cover drives, " Buttler added. "He's got a great character and he really showed that", added Buttler, who started his career at Somerset before moving to Lancashire.




Watch day four of the first Test between England and Pakistan, at Lord's, from 10am on Sunday on Sky Sports Cricket (channel 404) and Sky Sports Main Event (401).

He reached his 50 before Mohammad Amir took centre stage with two wickets in one over.

But he was forced to retire hurt before the close after being struck a painful blow on the wrist by England pace bowling all-rounder Ben Stokes.

Checks revealed a fracture and Azam was ruled out of the remainder of this test and for the second and final test in Leeds.

It was another failure for Stoneman, who was struggling for form coming into the test and scored just 13 runs in two innings at Lord's.

Two balls later, Bairstow fell for a duck when left-arm quick Amir produced a superb delivery that cut back to clip the top of off stump.

After a winter when they surrendered the Ashes and lost in New Zealand, England would have expected to feel more comfortable on home soil, where they have lost only one series in the previous five years. It was Ed Smith's first team as England's selector and he surely threw up a few surprises.

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