England vs Pakistan: Joe Root, Chris Woakes pile misery on visitors on Day 2 of 2nd Test
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England vs Pakistan: Joe Root, Chris Woakes pile misery on visitors on Day 2 of 2nd Test


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Manchester: Joe Root's double century and three wickets from Chris Woakes put England on course for a series-levelling win in the second Test against Pakistan at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Pakistan ended the second day having collapsed to 57 for four in reply to England's first innings 589 for eight declared, a huge deficit of 532 runs.

Root's Test-best 254, just the sixth double hundred scored in 132 years of Test cricket at Old Trafford, saw him bat for more than 10 hours.

Joe Root exults after getting to his double-century. Getty Images

Joe Root exults after getting to his double-century. Getty Images

Woakes, who earlier on Saturday made a brisk 58, then underlined his growing all-round credentials with three for 18 in six overs as he dismissed Mohammad Hafeez (18), Azhar Ali (one) and nightwatchman Rahat Ali (four).

Left-handed opener Shan Masood (30 not out) and Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq (one not out) got through to the close.

"It was nice to go on and make a big one," Root told Sky Sports after surpassing his previous Test-best of 200 not out against Sri Lanka at Lord's two years ago.

"Recently I have thrown it away on a few occasions and I made up for it today," the 25-year-old Yorkshireman added.

Pakistan batting coach Grant Flower insisted being kept in the field for a long time was no excuse for the tourists' collapse.

"There was weariness and a huge score like that plays mind tricks," he said.

"But that's what happens in Test cricket so it's no excuse," the former Zimbabwe batsman added.

England resumed on their overnight 314 for four, with vice-captain Root 141 not out after he had shared a second-wicket stand of 185 with skipper Alastair Cook (105).

Although sent in as a nightwatchman, Woakes showed his batting class on Saturday during a boundary-filled fifty that saw him outscore Root in in a fifth-wicket partnership of 103.

Two not out overnight, Woakes -- who has scored nine first-class hundreds -- was soon demonstrating a fundamentally-orthodox batting technique with a succession of fours off Rahat.

Mohammad Amir, another of Pakistan's left-arm quicks, was uppercut for six high over third man by Woakes.

Root had not given a chance on Friday, but on 155 he had a reprieve when an outside edge off leg-spinner Yasir Shah just carried to slip.

But Younis Khan was slow to react to the difficult low catch.

Woakes's 104-ball innings, which included eight fours and a six, ended when he chipped a return catch straight back to Shah to leave England 414 for five.

- Marathon innings -

That gave Shah then-innings figures of one for 139 in 38.4 overs -- a marked contrast to his man-of-the-match return of 10 for 141 during Pakistan's 75-run win in the first Test at Lord's last week.

Root went to his double century with an audacious reverse-swept four off Shah.

Poor fielding has been a feature of Pakistan's play this series and Jonny Bairstow, last man out for 58, was reprieved on nine when he edged Shah only for wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed to fumble the catch.

Root was eventually dismissed when he skyed Wahab Riaz legside and Hafeez, running in, held a good catch.

In total, Root batted for 10 hours 18 minutes, facing 406 balls, including 27 fours.

Three Pakistan bowlers conceded more than 100 runs each, Shah coming back down to earth after his Lord's display with one for 213 in 54 overs.

Pakistan saw off England's experienced new-ball duo of James Anderson, returning to Test cricket on his Lancashire home ground after missing the first Test with a shoulder injury, and Stuart Broad.

Instead it was second-change Woakes who did the damage in a spell of three for 14 in 30 balls.

The paceman had Hafeez, carelessly opening the face, caught by second slip Root and Woakes then caught and bowled Azhar off a chipped drive.

Ben Stokes, back following a knee injury, then had the experienced Younis caught down the legside by wicket-keeper Bairstow.

Woakes struck again when Rahat, a somewhat less effective nightwatchman, fended a well-directed bouncer to Gary Ballance at short leg.

First Published On : Jul 24, 2016 02:20 IST

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