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Zak Crawley's epic 267 pounds listless Pakistan
Day Two Report

Zak Crawley's epic 267 pounds listless Pakistan

Zak Crawley etched his name in the record books after he slammed a stunning 267 and shared a mammoth stand with Jos Buttler to effectively annihilate Pakistan in the series finale at Southampton on Saturday.

Crawley and Buttler, who registered his highest first-class score with 152, forged a record-breaking partnership of 359 runs that propelled England to a gargantuan total of 583-8 declared on the second day.

In reply, Pakistan's misery further increased as they failed to safely negotiate the tricky hour-long passage of play towards the end of the day to crawl to a sorry 24-3 in 10.5 overs. The tourists still require 359 runs to surmount the daunting task of avoiding the follow-on.

England seem to have made their intentions clear of wanting to bat only once in the entire Test leaving their bowlers the job to pick up the remaining 18 wickets in the ongoing Test that could potentially be disrupted by rain.

To sum up Pakistan's wretched time in the field, the last ball of the day also yielded a wicket in the departure of their star batsman Babar Azam for just 11.

James Anderson was the chief architect of Pakistan's top-order collapse in the new-ball burst as he inched closer to the incredible 600-wicket landmark.

Having refuted retirement talk surrounding his future a couple of weeks ago, Anderson showcased his prodigious talent for the umpteenth time by exploiting the scoreboard pressure on Pakistan's batters and prompting mistakes from the opposition.

Anderson first got rid of Shan Masood after the left-handed batsman had successfully reviewed against an out verdict off Stuart Broad in the previous over.

The brilliant delivery moved fractionally in the air before straightening off the surface and rapping Masood on the pads right in front of the stumps.

Abid Ali soon followed Masood to the pavilion when he pushed at a ball delivered in the corridor of uncertainty with the edge carrying to second slip.

Babar was finally dismissed by Anderson for his third wicket of the innings when the 25-year-old missed a ball that came in sharply with the angle. Babar decided against reviewing the on-field decision.

England's total was their highest in Tests since they made 589-8 declared against Pakistan at Old Trafford four years ago.

Three of Pakistan's frontline bowlers conceded over 100 runs each, with leg-spinner Yasir Shah (2-173 from 39 overs) and teenage paceman Naseem Shah (1-109 in 27) both going for more than four an over.

Crawley's innings was the seventh-highest maiden hundred in 143 years of Test-match cricket and the 10th highest score by any England batsman.

His partnership with Buttler was also a new England fifth-wicket record in Tests, surpassing the 254 shared by Keith Fletcher and Tony Greig against India at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai in February 1973.

Buttler, one ball after successfully reviewing a decision to give him out caught behind on 99, punched seamer Abbas through point to complete a 189-ball hundred with 10 fours and two sixes.

It was just the 29-year-old's second century in 47 Tests following his 106 against India at Nottingham two years ago.