England v Pakistan at Edgbaston - Day 1
England falter in Day 1 of the Third Investec Test Match at Edgbaston.
After the comprehensive victory over Pakistan in the Second Investec Test Match at Emirates Old Trafford, England were once again expected to get off to a flying start at Edgbaston – but the fairytale was cut short with resistance from the visitors that left the Three Lions on 297 all out on Day 1.
The outcome of Day 1 was arguably set before the players took to the field, with Pakistan winning the toss and electing to bowl.
It was the visitors who then proceeded to pile the pressure on the hosts with aggressive bowling that was often lacking in the Second Test at Emirates Old Trafford. Alex Hales was once again the first victim - which seems to be a recurring theme in this England v Pakistan Investec Test series with Sohail Khan, who returned to Test cricket for the first time after a five year absence, taking the wicket.
The first shock came when England’s hero from the Second Investec Test at Emirates Old Trafford was dismissed after just 3 runs with Sohail once again claiming the wicket to leave the Three Lions on the back foot. Before Alastair Cook was the next victim with an LBW call to leave the hosts on 75-3.
England then seemed to find some consistency after lunch with Vince and Balance combining nicely to take England over 100 runs – but Pakistan struck again with Younis Khan catching out Vince who was shortly followed Bairstow after another wicket for Sohail Khan.
Gary Ballance and Moheen Ali combined to start a fight back for England who both reached half-centuries, but they could not withstand the persistent Pakistan onslaught and were both dismissed (along with Stuart Borad and Chris Woakes) to leave the Three Lions on 278-9.
Lancashire’s Jimmy Anderson was the last England player to be dismissed leaving the hosts on 297…..Cue the press ups
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