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England tighten the screws on Pakistan

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Pakistan need a victory to level the series after England won the opening match in Manchester by three wickets, and the rain-hit second game ended in a draw.

England’s Jos Buttler shared a record partnership with Zak Crawley to put pressure on Pakistan during the Third Test. Picture: Alastair Grant, Pool via REUTERS

SOUTHAMPTON – Zak Crawley and Jos Buttler shared a record partnership and James Anderson grabbed three wickets to put England in total control at the close on the second day of the third and final Test against Pakistan on Saturday.

Crawley, 22, became the third-youngest England player to make a double-century and went on to 267 before the hosts declared their first innings on 583/8 in Southampton.

Anderson then took three wickets as Pakistan crumbled to 24/3 in reply, leaving England in prime position to win the match and clinch the series 2-0.

Crawley and Buttler (152) negotiated the second new ball in the morning session and went on to add 359 runs, surpassing England’s previous record fifth-wicket stand of 254 shared by Keith Fletcher and Tony Greig against India in 1973.

Chris Woakes, Dom Bess and Stuart Broad added another 82 runs to help England post their highest total in four years.

Pakistan lost openers Shan Masood and Abid Ali along with Babar Azam in just under 11 overs.

Anderson claimed all three wickets and is only four short of becoming the first pace bowler to reach the milestone of 600 in Tests.

England’s James Anderson. Picture: Mike Hutchings, Reuters.

Pakistan need a victory to level the series after England won the opening match in Manchester by three wickets, and the rain-hit second game ended in a draw.

Reuters