Pakistan pile on the agony for England in 1st Test

Pakistan pile on the agony for England in 1st Test

Pakistan pile on the agony for England in 1st Test

It was probably too little too late for England, who were desperate to make a strong start to the two-Test series following their heavy Ashes defeat in Australia and a rare loss to New Zealand.

Pakistan's Mohammad Amir celebrates after snagging the wicket of England's David Malan. Cook, England's all-time leading Test run-scorer, went to fifty with a four to third man off Amir before Bairstow was bowled by Ashraf for 27.

Buttler and Bess, however, kept Pakistan at bay with Bess - whose first-class debut, against Pakistan, was just two years ago - driving Hasan Ali for four to give England the lead.

Jos Buttler was brought back to the Test side after his heroics in the Indian Premier League for Rajasthan Royals where he scored five fifties in a row and won matches for his side. He hasn't played any red-ball cricket since December.

"With Dom Bess, it was like Joe Root walked back out, with his back foot punches and cover drives. He's got a great character and he really showed that".

Buttler reviewed but, with replays indicating the ball would have clipped the top of the stumps, Australian umpire Paul Reiffel's decision was upheld.

With just 13 runs from this match, Stoneman now averages less than 20 in his last 11 innings for England.

Buttler, playing his first Test match in 18 months, and Bess, playing his first Test match, came to the crease with their side still more than 50 runs adrift of Pakistan.

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Azam was unable to bat on Saturday after being forced to retire hurt on 68 after tea on Friday.

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.

Checks revealed a fracture and Azam was ruled out of the remainder of this test and for the second and final test in Leeds.

Teenage leg-spinner Shadab Khan struck next when Mark Stoneman was bowled off stump by a ball that kept low.

Two balls later, Amir shaped a ball through the gate as Bairstow was beaten all ends up.

The tourists ended the day 50 for one and, here, Sportsmail take a closer look at some of the numbers.

Amir, whose career nearly came to a complete end at Lord's back in 2010 after he received a jail sentence and five-year ban from cricket for his involvement in a spot-fixing scandal during a corresponding Test against England, had taken two wickets for no runs in three balls. It was Ed Smith's first team as England's selector and he surely threw up a few surprises.

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