Hassan Ali, Mohammad Abbas and Mohammad Amir combine for 17 wickets to beat England at Lord’s

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Pakistan 363 (Babar 68*) and 66 for 1 (Haris 39*, Imam 18*) beat England 184 (Cook 70) and 242 (Root 68, Buttler 66, Bess 57, Abbas 4-41, Amir 4-37) by nine wickets.


Sarfraz Ahmed "I'm very proud of my team, the way the young players produced their talent. When we came here we were very inexperienced but we were very confident. We have a very good bowling side. Our coaching staff worked really hard, told us to pitch it up. The way the bowlers did a job for us was great. We worked really hard on our fielding. Our catching was fantastic. The Malahide game was a very tough game, the way we won the match it was good for us."

Joe Root "Not good enough. We were out-performed in all three departments. We needed more runs in the first innings. I think we did some really good work leading into the game, making sure we were ready, but we just didn't follow through. We played some poor shots, gave some wickets away. You can't afford to do that. You look at the wicket now and you see how abrasive it is, would have been a different game batting last on that surface. As a batting group we have to find a way. You have to read the game, absorbing a bit a pressure, getting through tricky periods. We have to be a bit smarter. It's a difficult pull to shallow. We have to be better. I'm sure we can bounce back and I'm sure we can do that."

Zaid: "This performance has made me even more excited about Australia's tour later this year. The battle of the two most complete and, arguably, the two best bowling attacks in the world right now. Starc/Hazlewood/Cummins/Lyon VS Amir/Abbas/Hasan/Yasir! And in the absence of Warner and Smith, the strengths of the batting line-ups match up nicely."

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