England suffered yet another disappointing defeat in their first Test against Pakistan at Lord’s.
Mark Stoneman looked horribly out of form and Dawid Malan keeps getting out to deliveries outside off-stump.
Here, Nasser Hussain rates the England players out of ten for their performances in the opener.
Mark Stoneman looks very vulnerable despite being dismissed by two cracking deliveries
Alastair Cook – 6
Played really well in the first innings, not just for the runs but with his balance at the crease and the way he was getting a stride in. Got a pretty good ball second time but loses a mark for dropping catches.
Mark Stoneman – 2
He looks horribly out of nick. Some felt it was him who should have been vulnerable rather than James Vince. He would argue he got two unplayable deliveries but I’d say he was playing with hard hands and should have got forward and outside the line with his pad.
Joe Root – 5
Decision at the toss was wrong and playing Mark Wood over Chris Woakes was wrong. Then Wood was used incorrectly. There were some good things about his captaincy, like changing Jimmy Anderson’s ends and the way he used Ben Stokes with the ball. Looked fluent in second innings but yet again got a half century and then got out.
Joe Root should have chosen to bowl first and Chris Woakes should have played
Dawid Malan – 4
Getting trapped on the crease. His stats in England are not as good as abroad because he likes extra bounce and playing the ball around his waist. Repetitive nature of nicking off outside off-stump. Needs to solve that.
Jonny Bairstow – 4
Was out-kept by Sarfraz Ahmed and at times struggled with the Lord’s wobble. He’s opened up his batting stance which means his front foot has a lot further to get across. He was bowled off-stump both times playing with hard hands so he has to keep an eye on that. Not sure why he’s changed.
Ben Stokes – 6
Bowled really well, the best I’ve seen him in a Test for a while. At times looked England’s quickest bowler and can give you the shock value they expected of Mark Wood. Looked comfortable with the bat but soft dismissal second time. England need characters like him to turn this around.
Jos Buttler – 7
Really good second innings, technically and tactically, and his tempo was outstanding. Went a bit early in the first innings straight after Stokes was out. He is only as good at seven as who follows him.
Jos Buttler’s tempo during his second innings at Lord’s was absolutely outstanding
Dom Bess – 6
Batted beautifully second time under pressure in his first game at Lord’s. At times I looked up and I wasn’t sure if it was Bess or Buttler on strike which is either a big compliment to Bess or my eyes are going. Bowled okay.
Mark Wood – 6
I’m not anti-Wood, I just wouldn’t have played him here. I don’t like just using him in that Neil Wagner short-pitched role either. That’s not what he did when he first came into the side. Keep an eye on his speed. Not as quick as he once was and there’s not much between him and Stokes.
Stuart Broad – 6
His figures didn’t do him justice because he actually bowled pretty well. He can be stubborn but he’s buying into what both he is trying to do with his action and what the team require of him. He is more prepared to pitch the ball up than Jimmy Anderson and didn’t get shirty when he was driven.
Stuart Broad bowled well but unfortunately it wasn’t reflected in his figures
Jimmy Anderson – 6
Jimmy has a natural length and can be a bit floaty when he pitches the ball up. Hardly surprising that he wants to bowl the way that has got him more than 500 Test wickets, just back of a length, but he musn’t be too stubborn.
Azhar Ali 6; Imam-ul-Haq 5; Haris Sohail 6; Asad Shafiq 7; Babar Azam 7; Sarfraz Ahmed 7; Shadab Khan 8; Faheem Ashraf 7; Mohammad Amir 8; Hasan Ali 8; Mohammad Abbas 9.