A single off Steven Finn down to the third man saw Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq becoming the oldest player to score a Test century for 82 years.
At the age of 42 years and 47 days, Misbah became the sixth-oldest man to make a century in Tests. And his celebrations were spot on after completing the century. After jogging the single to take him to three figures, he gestured to his team-mates on the pavilion balcony before getting down to do a series of push-ups. The celebration was obviously an indication of Misbah’s brilliant fitness and a joke aimed at critics who said that he is too old for international cricket.
The century was Misbah’s 10th in 62 Tests and first ever on British shores. Coming into bat when Pakistan’s innings were in a spot of bother after being reduced to 77 for 3, Misbah played a captain’s knock and led from the front.
Coming to the match, riding on Misbah’s brilliant century and Asad Shafiq’s half-century, Pakistan finished the first day’s play on 282 for the loss of 6 wickets. After reducing Pakistan to 134 for 4, English bowlers had to toil hard to get the next wicket as Shafiq and Misbah added 148 runs for the fifth wicket. The partnership was finally broken when Shafiq edged a delivery to the English wicketkeeper. Chris Woakes was England’s best bowler with 4 wickets.