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Root, Woakes star in dominant England show

Pakistan struggles to 57 for 4 on second day after Root’s 254 drives home team to massive 589 for 8 declared

Root, Woakes star in dominant England show - Cricket News
Root was the star of the show, hitting a personal Test best 254, batting for more than 10 hours and hitting 27 fours.
Joe Root hit a magnificent double-century while Chris Woakes continued to underline his all-round credentials as England took firm control of the second Test against Pakistan at Old Trafford on Saturday (July 23).
 
Pakistan ended the second day on a precarious 57 for 4 in reply to England's first-innings 589 for 8 declared, still trailing by 532 runs.
 
Root was the star of the show, hitting a personal Test best 254, batting for more than 10 hours and hitting 27 fours. He had walked in 25 for 1 in seven overs, and when he was out, England had 577 on the board in 150.2 overs.

Woakes meanwhile, added three wickets to a brisk 58 he made earlier in the day. His figures of 3 for 18 in six overs accounted for Mohammad Hafeez (18), Azhar Ali (1) and Rahat Ali (1), the nightwatchman.
 
Shan Masood, the left-handed opener (30 not out) and Misbah-ul-Haq (1 not out), the Pakistan captain, saw the team through to the close.
 
At the start of the day, England resumed on 314 for 4, with Root batting on 141 not out after sharing a second-wicket stand of 185 with Alastair Cook (105), the England captain.

The day began with Root batting alongside Woakes, who had been sent in as the nightwatchman. However, Woakes showed a sound technique and his stand with Root swelled to a century. Woakes handled Pakistan's trio of left-arm quicks - Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz and Rahat Ali - comfortably. Even though Woakes was struck on his right arm by Rahat, he resumed after a brief hold up in play.
 


Woakes's 104-ball innings, which included eight fours and a six, ended when he chipped a return catch straight back to Yasir Shah, to leave England 414 for 5.
 
England, 427 for 5 at lunch, lost just the one wicket in the second session when left-hander Ben Stokes was given out caught behind on review down the legside off Riaz on 34. 
 
Root, who had played a near-flawless knock giving only one difficult chance when on 155, was finally dismissed when he skied Riaz to the legside and Hafeez, running in, held a good catch. In total, Root batted for 10 hours 18 minutes, facing 406 balls.

England declared when Jonny Bairstow was the eighth man out, having hit a quick 58 off 81 balls with Pakistan kept on the field for 152.2 overs.

The home team then made big inroads into the Pakistan batting, with Woakes doing most of the damage during a spell of 3 for 14 in 30 balls. 

Stokes, back following a knee injury, took the other wicket to fall, that of the experienced Younis Khan caught down the legside by Bairstow for just 1.

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