Penalized for slow over-rate in Lord's Test

Trevor Bayliss has admitted England were "nowhere near good enough for Test level" in subsiding to a nine-wicket defeat against Pakistan at Lord's. Inzi (Pakistan selection chief and former Test batsman Inzamam-ul-Haq) talked to him one-on-one and then Mickey talked to him, I spoke to him.

Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed has been fined 60 per cent of his match fee.

Root said: "It's easy to look at [this result] and say "Right, we need to make drastic changes".

"We have a very good bowling side".

"He's told us to pitch it up to take wickets in England", explained Sarfraz.

It was one example of the team's much sharper performance after their shoddy display during this month's five-wicket win over Test debutants Ireland in Dublin, with Sarfraz saying it was a "credit" to the work of Pakistan fielding coach Steve Rixon, the former Australia wicket-keeper.

"It would be very easy going into next week feeling sorry for ourselves and thinking that there is no way forward, but there absolutely is", said 27-year-old Root.

It was the 10th time in a row that Root has failed to convert a test fifty into a century and his dismissal ended England's realistic hopes of winning the match.

But at least Buttler, who finished on 66 not out, and Bess (55 not out) justified their selections and gave their team a bit of confidence ahead of a potentially even more hard five-test series against top-ranked India.

But eight balls into Sunday's play and having added only one more run, Buttler was lbw to Mohammad Abbas for 67. That was as far as the Durham man got, though, before pushing tentatively at Mohammad Amir and edging to wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed. Two balls later, Bairstow fell for a duck when left-arm quick Amir produced a superb delivery that cut back to clip the top of off stump.

Stuart Broad made his Test-best 169 against Pakistan at Lord´s in 2010 - a match that became known for a spot-fixing ´sting´ that saw three Pakistan players, including Amir, jailed by an English court and given five-year bans by the International Cricket Council.

"With Dom Bess, it was like Joe Root walked back out, with his back foot punches and cover drives".

In a reversal of the expected order of things, England were disastrous in the field in this Test, chances missed and catches put down with the sort of tragicomic regularity usually so championed by Pakistan - as it was their opponents could scarcely have looked sharper.

Amir finished with innings figures of four for 36 and the impressive Abbas had eight in the game after a second-innings haul of four for 41 in 17 overs.

  • Angelo Rivera