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Pakistan crush sorry England by nine wickets in first Test – as it happened

Pakistan’s pace bowlers ripped through England on the morning of day four to pave the way for a comprehensive victory at Lord’s 1.10pm BST Signing off. England have been smashed by nine wickets by Pakistan inside 90 minutes on day four, a truly dreadf…

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Dom Bess displays flair while England discover new ways to be dire | Andy Bull

Test debutant and Jos Buttler make a stand amid England’s desperate inability to find impetus against brilliant PakistanWhen the game was as good as lost, England at last started to play as if they could win. They were 110 for six, still 69 runs behin…

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England’s dropped catches not down to lack of training, says Jonny Bairstow

• England dropped five chances on day two at Lord’s• Babar Azam expected to be out for six weeks with broken wristThe tally of missed chances mounted up for England on the second day at Lord’s but a slightly prickly Jonny Bairstow was adamant after stu…

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England horror show leaves patient Pakistan brimming with hope

• England 184; Pakistan 50-1• Last five wickets fall for 19 runs in first-day collapseA post-tea collapse, triggered by Mohammad Abbas and Hasan Ali, two pacemen of Pakistan who look tailor-made for English conditions, punctured any early-summer optimi…

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Dom Bess and Jos Buttler contribute to England’s sense of uncertainty | Vic Marks

Performances of spinning newcomer and white-ball specialist will be closely watched in first Test against Pakistan when Alastair Cook and Ben Stokes will also be under spotlightWith uncertainty comes excitement and there are more uncertainties than usu…

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Andy Flower stands in as England director with Andrew Strauss on leave

• Strauss takes compassionate leave to support wife• Flower is handed charge for the summerAndrew Strauss is to take a summer-long break from his role as director of England cricket with Andy Flower stepping into the breach as a temporary replacement.T…

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Jos Buttler will trust instincts in ‘luxury role’ for England against Pakistan

• 27-year-old accepts that his Test return will divide opinion• Buttler will stop ‘trying to be something I’m not’ in first TestJos Buttler has admitted he is a luxury in England’s re-fitted Test team and that his return will divide opinion. But as the…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/may/21/jos-buttler-trust-instincts-england-pakistan-first-test-lords

Dom Bess is fresh-faced but will not be wide-eyed in first Test for England

Bess is set to make his Test debut against Pakistan at Lord’s but his old mentors insist the 20-year-old will ‘just get on with it’The rise of Dom Bess has been staggeringly swift. On Thursday, if the sun keeps shining, he will, at the age of 20, becom…

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Mark Wood ready to pick up the pace and start living up to the hype

The Lord’s pitch will dictate who is chosen for England’s final bowling spot against Pakistan this week, but the Durham right-armer is willing to adaptMark Wood feels ready to crank up the pace at Lord’s this coming week should the instruction come fro…

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Jonny Bairstow buoyed by new dual England role for Pakistan series

• ‘It means the people in charge have got the belief in you’• Bairstow embraces combining No 5 role with keeping wicketJonny Bairstow will go into the first Test against Pakistan at Lord’s next week emboldened by a show of faith from England’s new…

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Jos Buttler’s recall is a decadent pick that’s perfect for our times | Barney Ronay

It might seem odd that English sport’s great invisible superstar is back in the Test team on the back of his Indian Premier League status but his selection is bold and sensibleEvery year in the US five people die and 10 million dollars of damage i…

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Joe Root ready for ‘more responsibility’ with return to England No 3 spot

• Captain moves up as part of revamped lineup against Pakistan• Tom Westley stars for Essex against Middlesex in one-day cupJoe Root feels ready to make a success of England’s troublesome No 3 position after a year spent adjusting to the demands o…

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Toss could be axed for Ashes series to reduce home advantage

• ICC looking to reduce home advantage in Test championship• ECB warned counties and MCC could form breakaway bodyNext summer’s Ashes series in England could be the first in 141 years of Test cricket to be played without the toss taking place as the In…

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James Anderson and Stuart Broad on their decade together with England

Ten years on from playing their first Test match together, England’s greatest bowling partnership discuss the day they met, their families and the summer aheadBy Wisden Cricket Monthly, of the Guardian Sport NetworkAnderson The first game we played aga…

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Ed Smith makes bold start as England gamble on Jos Buttler and Dom Bess | Vic Marks

The new national selector has taken calculated risks to freshen up the squad after a tough winter to face Pakistan in the first Test at Lord’sEd Smith did not disappoint. Not for the first time the England and Wales Cricket Board promised “fresh ideas”…

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Buttler and Bess are surprises in England’s Test squad as Vince dropped

Uncapped Somerset spinner Dom Bess picked for Pakistan openerNo reprieve for Vince despite double hundred for HampshireJos Buttler has earned his Test recall on the back of his “unique gifts” as a destructive batsman. This was the view from Ed Smith wh…

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