Crawley, Duckett, Pope, Brook centuries in record-breaking romp


England became the aboriginal ancillary to account 500 runs on day one of a Test


England 506 for 4(Crawley 122, Pope 108, Duckett 107, Brook 101*) vs Pakistan


A quartet of centuries helped England boodle a almanac 506 for 4 on the aperture day to put the tourists in command of their aboriginal Test actualization in Pakistan for 17 years.


Zak Crawley and Ben Duckett, who put on a 233-run aperture stand, were abutting by Ollie Pope and Harry Brook - the closing arena aloof his additional Test - in announcement hundreds on a arresting day in which England's run amount hardly biconcave beneath a run a brawl as they became the aboriginal ancillary to account 500 runs on day one of a Test.


No eventually had Brook brought up his beginning Test fifty, and he surged appear his aeon by whipping Saud Shakeel for six fours in one over to about all abode of the ground. Brook accomplished his ton off aloof 80 assurance afterwards he and Pope had added 176 runs for the fourth wicket and, back bad ablaze concluded play, he remained not out on 101 with Ben Stokes best on 34.


Crawley had threatened to become the aboriginal Englishman to account a hundred afore cafeteria on the aboriginal day of a Test as he and Duckett set a solid foundation for their side, which had been laid low by a affection bug aloof 24 hours earlier.


Stokes was amid the affliction afflicted but fronted up for, and won, an all-important bung afterwards England were alone able to affirm that they had a fit XI two-and-a-half hours afore the start. They were affected into aloof one change to their advised team, handing Will Jacks his Test admission for a still-recovering Ben Foakes, with Pope to booty the wicket befitting gloves.



The aftermost time Crawley had played adjoin Pakistan, he addled 267 to bear on the affiance of three half-centuries in 11 antecedent innings. A agitated amplitude followed that beating in August 2020, with aloof a brace of fifties in 21 innings which followed 10 single-figure array and two ducks amid them bringing his abode beneath accretion scrutiny.


That was until his aeon in the fatigued aboriginal Analysis adjoin West Indies in Antigua in March this year, which seemed to set him up for the English summer, alone for addition unspectacular spell to appear until his accelerated best 69 off aloof 57 assurance in September's third and final Analysis adjoin South Africa.


Crawley's latest innings was next-level speed-wise, however, as he altogether alloyed England's absolute access beneath Brendon McCullum with the charge to accomplish the best of his time in the average while some of his team-mates regained their strength.


One of alone four players in England's aboriginal XI called on Tuesday to booty allotment in an alternative training affair on bout eve, Crawley opened with three fours off Naseem Shah so that England were 14 afterwards accident in the best big-ticket aboriginal over of a Analysis in two decades.


Haris Rauf, authoritative his Analysis admission afterwards 57 T20Is and 15 ODIs, entered the advance in the eighth over, but Crawley connected to acquisition the abuttals with back-to-back fours either ancillary of the angle in Rauf's additional over and, afterwards 10 overs, the tourists had motored to 63 for 0.


The aftermost time Duckett played a Test, he fell for 5 and 0 at the easily of a aggressive R Ashwin as England suffered a abundant defeat to India in November 2016 and he accepted cerebration his Analysis career was over.


Making his acknowledgment six years afterwards afterwards an accomplished Championship division for Nottinghamshire, Duckett looked assured, his accidental carve through third to accompany up England's fifty notwithstanding, as he reverse-swept again ramped Zahid Mahmood to the fence.


Crawley brought up his half-century off aloof 38 balls, across-the-board Zahid through accomplished leg for four, while England brought up their 100 in 13.5 overs and Duckett accomplished a run-a-ball fifty in the additional hour.


Save for a affable address for lbw, which looked to be aerial with no activity DRS in the third over to analysis the on-field not-out decision, and a carve off Rauf which went aloof advanced of a apathetic Mohammad Ali at mid-on to move into the 90s, Crawley's innings was domineering. He had denticulate 17 fours by the end of the morning affair as he and Duckett took England to cafeteria safe with 174 runs on the board.



Pakistan, missing the afflicted Shaheen Shah Afridi and fielding three added debutants alongside Haris, in right-arm seamer Ali, legspinner Zahid and middle-order concoction Shakeel, looked toothless and bare a breakthrough. They eventually got there through Zahid and Rauf in the amplitude of nine balls.


On 99, Crawley managed to annul his lbw adjournment arena about Naseem's abounding commitment which rapped him low on the advanced pad but was apparent to be branch bottomward the leg side. Two assurance later, Crawley's able bite through the covers brought up an 86-ball century, the fastest by an England Test opener and collective fifth-fastest overall.


Duckett brought up his beginning Test ton with a pulled four off Rauf, a bright smile overextension beyond Duckett's face as he blood-soaked up the applause. His break was shortlived thereafter back he absent his about-face ambit of Zahid and was addled on the pad in band with off stump, although Pakistan had to analysis Joel Wilson's not-out decision.


So concluded England's accomplished Test aperture angle adjoin Pakistan and they went from 233 after accident to 235 for 2 back Crawley followed a abbreviate time later, done by Rauf's about-face beat as the brawl slid through the aboideau and took a angle on to average stump.


Joe Root fell lbw to Mahmood for aloof 23, afire a analysis in a bid to annul his adjournment afore Pope and Brook artificial on.


Brook, who had pulled Zahid for six on the achievement of tea, helped himself to addition six in the black affair back he muscled Rauf over abysmal midwicket. He brought up his fifty with a distinct in the abutting over moments afore Pope aloft his aeon alive Agha Salman off his toes for one to ability the mark in 90 balls.


Even back Pope fell to Ali, lbw on analysis to accord Pakistan article to smile faintly about in the fast-fading light, Brook surged advanced with England's quickest Test hundred now in his sights. He fell abbreviate of Gilbert Jessop's 76-ball mark set in 1902, but slotted in at No. 3 abaft Jonny Bairstow back he addled Naseem for a attractive awning drive for four.


The actuality that England still accept the firepower of Jacks and adolescent debutant Liam Livingstone to appear on a batter-friendly angle gave the hosts anytime added to anguish about overnight.