England got it wrong and must learn quickly, says Root

England got it wrong and must learn quickly, says Root

England got it wrong and must learn quickly, says Root

After being dominated for the first two and half days of the 1st Test, England showed fight against Pakistan to take the match to the fourth day at Lord's.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said he felt both surprised and proud after his inexperienced side outplayed England during a dominant nine-wicket win in the first Test at Lord's. But Saturday saw England's all-time leading Test run-scorer lbw to Mohammad Abbas.

But, in truth the damage had always been done by a pair of top-order slumps that saw England, so often dominant in early-season home conditions, dismissed for 184 in their first innings before declining to 110 for six second time around.

The second Test begins on Friday at Headingley, where Pakistan will have the opportunity to seal their first series win in England since 1996.

England's eight-match run without a win is part of a wider, steady decline in their Test performances.

Pakistan's unbeatable lead in the series also gives them a chance to overtake England in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings.


"That's going to make us a better team, but it doesn't happen overnight". Pakistan 2nd innings A. Ali b J. Anderson 4 Imam ul-Haq (not out) 18 Haris Sohail (not out) 39 Extras (b-3, lb-2) 5 Total (1 wkt, 12.4 overs) 66 Fall of wickets: 1-12 Bowling: James Anderson 3-0-12-1; Stuart Broad 3-1-13-0; Dom Bess 3.4-0-29-0; Mark Wood 3-1-7-0.

"Bayliss added: "(This) was nowhere near good enough for Test level ... to be bowled out for 180 and 240 is simply not good enough. "The other thing we need is some putting pressure on from the outside and making plenty of runs and that's not necessarily happening either". "They've just got to do it more often". "When it comes to four-day cricket we have to make the decision if it's worth playing on those little seaming green-tops where slow medium pacers take all the wickets".

"We thought that even if we lose we should learn".

Another man who looks on borrowed time is Dawid Malan, that Ashes century seems a long way away now, while that modest first class record seems increasingly relevant and England's middle order remains as flaky as it has been for what feels like an eternity.

One - When the Buttler-Bess stand managed to add just a single on the resumption, hopes of a telling comeback victory were instantly on the retreat. "We continually deliver that type of message and are continually working on it in the nets".

"It would be very easy to go into next week feeling sorry for ourselves and think there's no way forward for us - but absolutely there is".

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