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3rd Test, Southampton, August 21 - 25, 2020, Pakistan tour of England
(f/o) 273 & 187/4

Match drawn

Player Of The Match
Player Of The Series
265 runs
Match centre 
Scores: Chandan Duorah
Comms: Alan Gardner
Scorecard summary
England 583/8(154.4 overs)
Zak Crawley 267 (393)
Shaheen Shah Afridi2/121 (33.4)
Jos Buttler 152 (311)
Fawad Alam2/46 (12)
Pakistan 273/10(93 overs)
Azhar Ali *141 (272)
James Anderson5/56 (23)
Stuart Broad2/40 (20)
Pakistan 187/4(83.1 overs)
Babar Azam *63 (92)
James Anderson2/45 (19)
Abid Ali 42 (162)
Stuart Broad1/27 (14.1)

6.45pm: Right, that's your lot for the English Test summer. Matt's report is up, we'll have plenty more "Oh Jimmy Jimmy" to come on the site, and of course the white-ball stuff starts up again on Friday. Thanks for keeping us company, despite the soggy nature of this Test and the last. We'll be back for more for the Pakistan T20Is. Until then, from myself, Saurabh, Raghav, Chandan and the rest, take care, stay safe and see you again soon. Bye!

6.25pm: Time for the presentations, Zak Crawley is Man of the Match for his first-innings 267: [Believe last few days] "No I can't, it's a great honour and I certainly don't see myself in the same calibre as the players on that list. I felt in good touch, nice ball to get first up, settled the nerves. Managed to get off to a good star and then thankfully I managed to cash in and get a big score. I found it was good prep for this bowling attack. Obviously you want to play every Test and a real shame to be dropped, but I did some work in the nets preparing for these bowlers and it turned out well. Quite rare to score a hundred so just wanted to make the most of it on a good wicket. It'll give me confidence going forward, hasn't fully sunk in yet, have to see what I did well and what I can take form it, but hopefully I can build on it."

Jos Buttler is England's Man of the Series: [Anderson?] "The variety of skills, so many weapons, best seat in the house and blown away by the longevity. He's in great shape an seems to be getting better and better. [Drops?] Pretty sheepish, luckily he's quite an upbeat kind of guy, sure that helped his mood.. Great day today, shame it wasn't a full house. [Innings?] It's really important to remind yourself, keep the confidence and try and extend it. Loads more to work on, want to keep improving but pleasing to turn around and find some form. Any time I can hit one straight back past the bowler is a good sign. Working on hitting on-drives, helps balance. Settles you down on a good pitch, best we've played on, happy to make a contribution. Those two guys, Burns and Sibley as well, Pope and Crawley it's exciting to watch them bat. They put bowlers under pressure and make your job easier at the other end. [Break from bubble?] Been a long time, challenging for the guys not playing, great effort and huge thanks to Pakistan and West Indies as well for coming."

Mohammad Rizwan is named Pakistan Man of the Series: "Thank you, as we know it's difficult for the keepers here, especially to fast bowling, so I did some drills that helped me. I practised and people told me about keeping to fast bowlers, so I practised with tape balls, working with Rashid Latif. It's difficult, sometimes you get Yasir Shah on the stumps, Abbas seaming it, but it's a good experience to play in England. Difficult but I did very well. My batting, I learned that you must play five phases in Test cricket. Sometimes you play with the tail and it's difficult but this is the beauty of Test cricket."

Pakistan captain Azhar Ali: [Manchester defeat?] "Great regret, that one session could have made the difference, but congratulations to England they won that match and the series, they played good cricket. We took positives through the series, we were competitive throughout, which is very good. Even if you win you can improve, we'll have a look at that, certain things we can do, but as a team I'm proud of the way we fought. Whenever they were under pressure they responded well. The team stuck together and kept fighting but unfortunately the weather wasn't great in the last two matches. But everyone fought, you can easily get rolled over in this position. [Hundred] In the third match but it was an important innings for me, and the team. At least I got some runs, under pressure, things not going well until then but you need an innings like that to get back confidence. Would like to thank everyone, ECB and authorities who arranged the series. Fans were starved of cricket but we got the game going and managed to entertain them."

England captain Joe Root: "Very pleased with how it's gone and how we've played. Nice to be here having won both series. Celebrating what a fantastic achievement it's been, Stuart said some lovely words, how today was very similar to a cold Wednesday night in the Premier League - if there was a cricket version this would be it. So to stand up and perform and be at the elite end of Test cricket is very special. We know how valuable he is, as a senior player and leader of bowlers, and a credit to our country. [Crawley?] If you saw his work ethic, his game, how smart he is, I'm not surprised at all. To see it this early in his career was a joy to watch, to construct that innings the way he did. When you play Test cricket, you'll see people wanting to perform. We knew we'd have to play well and I'm proud of how we've gone about it on the field. Thanks to everyone involved, it's been thoroughly enjoyable and thanks to both teams for coming over."

6.10pm: We've had some cricket, and then some. Just the 27.1 overs on day five, but a bit of history for our troubles. Hopefully we'll hear from Mr Anderson shortly... but while we wait for that and the end-of-series presentations, why not cast your vote in our Anderson BOTC poll (a little bespoke selection to mark his 600th). It's been a cracking "bio-secure" Test summer, mad props to West Indies and Pakistan for helping to make it so. Two rain-affected draws in a row in Southampton, but that can't take the edge off a very special seven weeks

Monish Pokhrel: "If not then, right now Pakistan must have felt the value of 1st test loss. It was never England's game, but the lack of basics and inexperienced set of players let the game slip away, resulting in series loss as well." Aye, could have been a very different 1-0 result

"Root should've tried 5 to 6 overs more. Only one wicket of babar and and one of fawad/rizwan could've change the scene as pakistan is famous to loose from no where." I suspect, Zii Shan, they've all just seen enough of the Ageas Bowl for one summer...

That's it, they're calling it a day/Test/series, Anderson will lead England off the field. Pakistan's players and coaching staff line up to shake his hand (they've all been thoroughly sanitised, I'm sure). He's a fast bowler right down to his boots, loves the hard yakka, rarely smiles... but he can enjoy this evening, having become the first fast man to 600 Test wickets earlier today

Broad to Babar Azam, no run

pitched up in the channel outside off, left alone

Now, into the last hour... How long before Root offers a hand/fist/elbow to be bumped? Pakistan have done most of the hard work, but they won't want to lose another. Maybe Babar fancies three figures, too

end of over 839 runs
PAK: 187/4CRR: 2.25 
Fawad Alam0 (9b)
Babar Azam63 (91b 8x4)
James Anderson 19-3-45-2
Stuart Broad 14-5-27-1
Anderson to Fawad Alam, no run

searing delivery, curving away in the channel, Alam props forward to be beaten

Anderson to Fawad Alam, no run

teasing length, 83mph outside off and Alam pokes at it jerkily from the crease

Anderson to Fawad Alam, no run

short of a length from over the wicket, Alam stays back and defends

"Can ESPNcricinfo tell the minimum remaining overs of the day?" We're approaching the final hour/last 15 right now, Rizwan

Anderson to Babar Azam, 1 run

angled in and clipped off the pads

Anderson to Babar Azam, FOUR runs

full, 83mph/134kph outside off, timed to the boundary for four more! Pretty much a half-volley from Anderson but Azam makes no mistake with his drive

Anderson to Babar Azam, FOUR runs

full on the pads, whisked through backward square leg, revolving door from Azam and it shoots to the fence

end of over 823 runs
PAK: 178/4CRR: 2.17 
Fawad Alam0 (6b)
Babar Azam54 (88b 6x4)
Stuart Broad 14-5-27-1
James Anderson 18-3-36-2

"Dare I ask, where is Woakes?" Standing in the outfield somewhere, Danny Azhar

Broad to Fawad Alam, no run

full length, 83mph/134kph and punched to mid-on

Broad to Fawad Alam, no run

speared in towards the pads, Alam gets into an awkward position - or more awkward than usual - and misses with a flick

Three slips for Alam, Broad round the wicket

Broad to Babar Azam, 1 run

angled in and clipped through the leg side

Broad to Babar Azam, 2 leg byes

full, 80mph/129kph, sliding into the pads, Broad goes up for lbw as Azam flicks at it... Looked like it was missing leg stump

Broad to Babar Azam, no run

fired in on off, gets forward to block this one

Broad to Babar Azam, no run

fullish, nips away as Azam plunges forward in defence, beats the outside edge

Stuart Broad looking to make things interesting...

end of over 813 runs
PAK: 175/4CRR: 2.16 
Fawad Alam0 (4b)
Babar Azam53 (84b 6x4)
James Anderson 18-3-36-2
Joe Root 6-0-17-1

Here's Morfi: "Can someone decipher what goes on in Asad Shafiqs mind?? He looks good for the time he is out there, and then gets out to the softest, most mindless dismissals - as if his brain just left him for a few seconds for another planet!!!"

Anderson to Fawad Alam, no run

full and looking to come back around off stump, he's equal to this coming across

Anderson to Fawad Alam, no run

stays over the wicket, fired across the bows at 85mph/137kph and Alam can watch it by

Anderson to Babar Azam, 3 runs

on the stumps, 80mph and Azam whips this away through midwicket for a few more

Anderson to Babar Azam, no run

tight lines, the new ball is swinging nicely for Anderson, 80mph/129kph and he covers the line

Anderson to Babar Azam, no run

length, shaping away and Azam is across to block

Anderson to Babar Azam, no run

fullish length, shaping away in the channel

England take the second new ball... Pakistan aren't going to do a Pakistan here, are they? James Anderson, Mr 600, back to bowl

end of over 802 runs • 1 wicket
PAK: 172/4CRR: 2.15 
Fawad Alam0 (2b)
Babar Azam50 (80b 6x4)
Joe Root 6-0-17-1
Dom Bess 21-4-54-0
Root to Fawad Alam, no run

tossed up and clipped back to mid-on

Best performances - batters
Z Crawley
Z Crawley ENG
267 runs (393)
34 fours1 six
Productive shot
59 runs
7 fours0 six
JC Buttler
JC Buttler ENG
152 runs (311)
13 fours2 sixes
Productive shot
cover drive
32 runs
5 fours0 six
Best performances - bowlers
JM Anderson
JM Anderson ENG
SCJ Broad
Match details
The Rose Bowl, Southampton
TossEngland, elected to bat first
Player Of The Match
Zak Crawley
Player Of The Series
Jos Buttler
Mohammad Rizwan
Series resultEngland won the 3-match series 1-0
Match numberTest no. 2393
Hours of play (local time)11.00 start, Lunch 12.30-13.10, Tea 15.55-16.10, Close 19.00
Match days21,22,23,24,25 August 2020 - day (5-day match)
Michael Gough
Richard Illingworth
TV Umpire
Richard Kettleborough
Reserve Umpire
Mike Burns
Match Referee
Chris Broad
PointsEngland 13, Pakistan 13
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