Amir's double strike sparks England collapse in first Test

Joe Root has urged England supporters to "keep the faith" despite his side's nine-wicket hammering by Pakistan, their eighth consecutive Test without a win.

England were 111 for six in their second innings at tea on the third day, still needing a further 68 runs to make Pakistan bat again in the first of this two-Test series.

Hopes that a return home and a rejigged top-order picked by new national selector Ed Smith would help rid England of the batting slumps that plagued them during a run of seven straight Tests without a victory in Australia and New Zealand quickly proved illusory as they were dismissed for just 184.

"Once the first one goes down, it's like when we lose a wicket or two - the confidence goes down", Bayliss added.

May is traditionally a happy hunting ground for England, an amuse-bouche of an often slightly under-prepared, lower ranked team, in helpful early season conditions, to get the side revved up for more challenging opposition later in the summer.

Amir angled one across Mark Wood to find the edge and Stuart Broad poked at Abbas.

England's wicketkeeper appeared to bristle at times when he was invited to account for the five catches dropped while Pakistan were racking up 300 runs on day two to close on 350 for eight.

In accordance with Article 2.5.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Players Support Personnel, which relates to minor over-rate offences, players are fined 10 per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that amount.

"I think we did some really good work leading into the game, making sure we were ready, but we just didn't follow through".


Former England captain Michael Vaughan: "This England Test team is not a very good team, and they should be".

He and Haris Sohail (39 not out) shared an unbroken second-wicket partnership of 54 to see Pakistan to their target.

"The Malahide game was a very tough game for us", said Sarfraz.

Mohammad Amir has had both some of his best and worst days at Lord's, getting on the honours board in 2010 in a Test where he was involved in a spot-fixing scandal that saw the Pakistan paceman jailed and banned from cricket for five years.

But Broad's batting has gone downhill since he was struck in the face by a bouncer from India's Varun Aaron in the fourth Test at Old Trafford four years ago.

Amir and Abbas finished the innings with four wickets apiece.

But the work of team fielding coach Steve Rixon, the former Australia wicket-keeper, was rewarded when Asad Shafiq held a hard catch at second slip edge after Jos Buttler, recalled as a specialist number seven, edged a drive off Hasan and fell for 14.

The innings ended when Amir knocked over Bess's off-stump.

  • Steve Townsend