England beat Pakistan by an innings and 55 runs at Headingley

Last Updated June 04 2018, 13:19Cricket
England completed a resounding victory
England completed a resounding victory

England secured a drawn series with Pakistan by wrapping up the second NatWest Test match on the third afternoon at Headingley.

England were in a strong position as play got underway on the third morning and Jos Buttler made clear his intentions when stroking a couple of boundaries in the second over of the day.

Sam Curran was an early casualty, given out on review after Asad Shafiq held on to a fine catch off the bowling of Mohammad Abbas.

Curran's dismissal seemed to give Buttler the encouragement to step on the gas and the Lancashire man took 11 from an Abbas over before then hitting Hasan Ali for consecutive fours.

Broad was soon dismissed by Faheem Ashraf (3-60) but Buttler (80 not out) added 14 more from that over before last man James Anderson was dismissed with England's score at 363.

Faced with a significant deficit, Pakistan started brightly before Anderson castled Azhar Ali and then had Haris Sohail brilliantly caught by Dom Bess at mid-off.

A shrewd review from England captain Joe Root saw the back of Asad Shafiq, Pakistan's key man getting the faintest touch of glove on a sprayed leg-side delivery from Stuart Broad which was held by Jonny Bairstow.

A spirited fightback of 42 between Imam-ul-Haq and Usman Salahuddin gave the visitors hope but when Dom Bess claimed his first Test match wicket, earning an lbw decision against Imam (34) to one that went straight on, England circled for the kill.

Chris Woakes pinned Sarfraz Ahmad in front soon after before Curran had Shadab Khan well held at first slip by Alastair Cook.

Bess picked up his second and third when adding the scalps off Ashraf and Salahuddin (33) before Cook pulled off another screamer to see off Ali, Broad the bowler this time.

Broad (3-28) then wrapped up the innings and the match when Abbas steered an outside edge into the hands of Root who made no mistake.

Root said afterwards: "We spoke as a group about Lord's, it was a tough week and we responded well. We wanted to play with pride and enjoyment and more importantly, we wanted to learn.

"They [Broad and Anderson] set the tone and were backed up by the group.

"I said we had a point to prove and a lot of hard work to do. We've got time to achieve that, this is a good step and chance to take it forward.

"We were down on confidence from a tough winter [at Lord's], but we came back and showed the character, showed we were a better side."

Buttler was named Man of the Match and he said: "It's great to be back. It's a brilliant opportunity I've been given and I want to make the most of it.

"The bowlers were always in the game on this pitch, it kept them interested, and batting was tricky at times.

"After Lord's, this week showed everyone what this side is made of and what it is capable of, which is pleasing"

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