Alaister Cook after a massive runs victory against Pakistan revealed the secret. Yasir Shah who took 10 for 141 in first test, surprisingly his performance was way below the par in second test. Shah got just 1 wicket for 266 runs in the test. Cook exposed the plan in post match talking that the idea behind confronting Yasir Shah was to play him straighter rather than cover or pull.
Yasir got a lot of LBW’s and bowled at Lord’s so we wanted to play him straighter. It’s logical to get your best batsman to bat at three. That’s as good an innings as I have seen.
Misbah on the other hand appreciated the comeback and praises the performance by skipper Cook and Root. Root’s memorable knock of 254 was the gold coin under English team’s belt. Cook with a century in first innings and unbeatable knock of 76 with an strike rate of 97 was also among the prominent performers. England declared both their innings. First innings was declared at 589. The second was also declared when England decided not to offer the follow on, instead the played a quick little second innings and dragged the final target away from opponent.
The 330 runs victory will surely put England on driving seat now. They are clearly ahead and outclassed Pakistan in all departments. Pakistan on the other hand, as always struggles with the opening, fielding and catches. Mohammad Aamir is yet to register a good performance in this series so far. However Misbah is expecting Yasir Shah to make a good comeback to clinch the victory in upcoming test.
Fans on social media are criticizing the performance, and so they should be. Specially the push ups and Lords Celebration that went viral are vanished with one poor performance. Hafeez however have the highest share among the ones who are being criticized!