25 Jul From the sectionCricket
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Pint-Sized TMS: England thrash Pakistan at Old Trafford
England produced a flawless performance to beat Pakistan by 330 runs in the second Test, says former captain Michael Vaughan.
The hosts won with a day to spare at Old Trafford to level the series.
England made 589-8 declared and 173-1 declared to set up their second biggest win over Pakistan in terms of runs.
“It’s an absolute hammering. It’s as good a four days of cricket that you could wish for from an England point of view,” Vaughan told Test Match Special.
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England’s Joe Root, promoted to number three for this series, was named man of the match after scoring 254 in the first innings and an unbeaten 71 off 48 balls in the second.
He also took four catches in Pakistan’s first-innings 198 and claimed a wicket in his only over as Pakistan were bowled out for 234 on Monday.
“It’s great to see him stepping up to number three and playing with the responsibility there,” said captain Alastair Cook, who made 105 and 76 not out.
“It’s as good an innings as I’ve seen. He’s an extraordinary player. He didn’t put a foot wrong; he played beautifully.”
Root, who twice fell to poor strokes in England’s 75-run defeat in the first Test, said: “It’s a great feeling.
“Those two occasions at Lord’s were batsman error on my part. I tried to cut that out of my game. It’s the most controlled I’ve played.”
Coach Trevor Bayliss said: “He went away and did a bit of soul-searching and hard work, came back and did exactly what he said he was going to do.”