Crawley (171*), Buttler (87*) make it England’s day


Zak Crawley’s sparkling maiden Test century put England in command of the third and final Test against Pakistan on day one at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton. The 22-year-old, playing in his eighth Test, oozed elegance for his 171 not out.

He shared an unbroken partnership of 205 with Jos Buttler, who continued his resurgence with the bat by making an unbeaten 87.

That guided England from the difficulty of 127-4 to 332-4, a position from which they are primed to win the series.

On a blustery day, Pakistan had to battle a fiercely strong wind that whistled down the ground throughout.

At the end of it, they were left facing a huge battle to avoid their first series defeat by England since 2010. (BBC Sport)


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