England fast bowler Chris Woakes has admitted that England would have to find a way to counter Yasir Shah in the remainder of the Test series.
Yasir Shah, in his first Test since serving a three-month drugs ban — and first outside of Asia, derailed the hosts’ batting line-up by taking 5 wickets. After losing Alex Hales cheaply, Alastair Cook and Joe Root added 110 runs to keep the Pakistani bowlers at bay. And just when the partnership was looking dangerous, Yasir tempted Root to play an audacious shot only to lose his wicket. Shah then dismissed both James Vince and Gary Ballance without too much trouble. After that he bowled Jonny Bairstow and then, had Moeen Ali lbw, to finish the day with five for 64.
“Yasir has taken five wickets and he’s bowled well but we will be disappointed with a couple of the dismissals,” Woakes said. “It’s a pretty good pitch and he got a couple to turn and slide. We will have to go back to the drawing board and talk about how best to go forward, not just tomorrow but later in the series.”
On the dismissal of Joe Root, whose wicket triggered the collapse for the hosts, Woakes said: “If he had hit that for six or a one-bounce four, we would have been clapping. It’s a shot he plays well and we’re encouraged to take our options on. I’m sure he won’t shy away from that shot again.
“We are still in a decent position and by no means out of it. I and Broady have an important job in the morning and, with a decent start, we could look to get level and possibly even a lead. Get that and the pressure goes back on them. There are no demons in the pitch.”
Meanwhile, replying to Pakistan’s first innings total of 339 runs, England finished the second day on 253 runs for the loss of seven wickets, with Woakes on 31 and Stuart Broad 11.