Welcome back to the Evening Standard‘s coverage of England vs Pakistan.

Zak Crawley turned his first-ever century into his first double-century as England stormed into control against Pakistan yesterday.

The 22-year-old moved to 267 with companion Jos Buttler hitting almighty 152 before England finally declared on 583/8.

With 13 overs to attack with the ball, James Anderson took three quick dismissals to leave the tourists struggling on 24 for three at stumps.


Will Macpherson and Matt Davies will bring you all the action from day three of the third Test at the Ageas Bowl…

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PAK 30/4 (13 overs)

Azhar 4, Fawad 0

Right then, we’re back underway… again! Anderson completes another successful over with a delivery to the newcomer Fawad. He defends it well. 


Will Macpherson at the Ageas Bowl

Here they are. Anderson has one more ball of the over…​


It’s looking good for a 11.35am restart. The England field are patiently waiting on the boundary with no rain now falling.


The rain has stopped, and providing it doesn’t resume, play will restart at 11.35am.


So, we have yet another rain delay. England and Anderson will feel grateful it came just after the fourth wicket. 

And in another poor start for the visitors, they now sit at 30/4 and trail by 553 runs. 

There’s surely no way back from this! 


Will Macpherson at the Ageas Bowl

Shouldn’t be off for too long today. But who knows!


Will Macpherson at the Ageas Bowl

There is number 597! And they are going off for rain…

WICKET


Wicket! Asad c Root b Anderson 5

PAK 30/4 (12.5 overs)

Got him! That’s Anderson’s fourth of the innings and 597th of his Test career! Asad really didn’t need to play that, but he does and edges straight to Root at slip! 


Will Macpherson at the Ageas Bowl

It’s raining – but we are staying on…​


PAK 28/3 (12 overs)

Azhar 4, Asad 4

Lovely shot by Asad, who drives Broad through the covers for three. Bess did well to prevent a boundary, aided by the rain we had overnight. 


PAK 25/3 (11 overs)

Azhar 4, Asad 1

Anderson comes in for his final delivery of the 11th over after we finished on a wicket last night. Asad nips away through point for a single to get off the mark. Broad to come in next. 


Here we go! 

We’re just about ready to start! England are at the field and Azhar and Asad are in the middle!


Will Macpherson at the Ageas Bowl

All set for a timely start this morning. Will this be the day Anderson reaches 600? What a day that would be.


Right then, we’re less than 10 minutes away from play this morning. And thankfully, we’re going to start on time today.

It was a very frustrating morning yesterday with the weather proving disrupted. And while it’s been raining overnight, it appears to be all clear for now. 

I must stress, the sky is certainly overcast, however! 

Regardless, Pakistan will return to the crease at 24/3, trailing by 559 runs in what looks a seriously uphill battle for the visitors. 


Jos Buttler has been speaking to Sky Sports on his century

“I’ve questioned myself in the last few weeks, but found a really good headspace to hang in there.

“A couple of games ago I was probably thinking I was about to get dropped.

“A positive outlook and a belief I can do good things has really served me well.

“You’re never really that far away from good things or bad things happening. When it gets good you’ve got to stay very level and know you have to keep working hard because things can change fast.”


Anderson four wickets away from 600

With Zak Crawley’s stunning innings yesterday, it’s easy to forget the stunning landmark James Anderson moved ever-closer to with three quick wickets last night. 

In dismissing both Pakistan openers and Babar Azam to follow, Anderson moved to 596 Test wickets. 

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He’s now just four short of the 600 milestone, where he will become the first non-spinner to reach the total. 

Pakistan trail by 559 runs, and at 1-0 down in the series, they have to score if they have any chance at all of avoiding defeat. 

It would be no surprise to see Anderson swiftly move to 600 and beyond. 


Root gives his side a pep ahead of day three


A lay of the land…

Right, heading into the third day of the final Test against Pakistan, let’s have a little look back at what happened yesterday. 

England entered the day looking to build on a total of 332/4 with Crawley (171*) and Buttler (87*) at the crease. 

Crawley converted his first Test century to a whopping 267, with Buttler reaching 152 as England eventually declared on 583/8. 

England had just 13 overs to attack with the ball last night but took full advantage with three Anderson wickets reducing Pakistan to 24/3.

The home side will return to the field today looking to bowl through Pakistan’s batting order and enforce the follow on. 


Buttler: Crawley at the start of a very special career

Jos Buttler believes Zak Crawley is at the “start of a very special career” after the two shared a 359 partnership to drag England from 127/4 to an eventual 538/8 declaration. 

Photo: Getty

“I thoroughly enjoyed that partnership with Zak. It’s a pleasure to watch him from the other end,” Buttler said.

“He hits the ball incredibly hard, has shots all around the wicket and he’s a great kid to bat with. It’s the start of a very special career.

“He’s going to score a few more hundreds for England, no doubt. This will give him a huge amount of confidence, but an innings of that magnitude will give him so much more belief. He’s got a level head too and he won’t get ahead of himself.”

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