England vs Pakistan, first Test: live scoreboard England have never lost a May Test at Lord’s but that record is under threat like never before. Pakistan are in control of this first NatWest Test and have the opportunity to inflict a defeat that would hurt England even more than all the winter hammerings in Australia. In 18 years of playing Test series in May, England have lost only two matches. It is why, throughout all the dismal performances during the winter, when they were never really expected to beat Australia without Ben Stokes, there was always the reassuring return of early-summer home comforts to restore confidence and faith. But England look as though they are suffering a post-Ashes stress disorder and have been outplayed by a Pakistan side who had barely set foot in this country before this series. For two days, first with ball and then bat, Pakistan have given England a masterclass in how to play on their home patch, batting patiently and with real commitment to the cause to reach 350 for eight, and sit on a 166-run first-innings lead. England bowled well for periods, and bowlers can only do so much when the side are dismissed… Read full this story
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