After suffering a defeat in the first Test, England made a strong comeback on the day 1 of the second Test against Pakistan at Old Trafford, Manchester. After winning the toss, England decided to bat first. With the help from top-order batsmen, England is now in a very comfortable position at the end of the day 1. At the stumps of day 1, England was 314/4.
Brief Scores: England – 314/4 (Joe Root 141*, Alastair Cook 105, Mohammad Amir 2/63)
Here are some statistical highlights are given below of the day 1 of 2nd Test:
- It is Alastair Cook’s 50th Test match as an England captain. He became 4th England captain to lead England for 50 or more Test matches. Other three previous England captains are Mike Atherton (54 Tests, captaincy career 1993-2001), Michael Vaughan (51 Tests, captaincy career 2003-2008) and Andrew Strauss (50 Tests, captaincy career 2006-2012).
Also, Cook became 15th Test captain in history to lead his nation for 50 or more Tests.
- On day 1, England captain Alastair cook hit a brilliant century as he scored 105 runs before getting bowled by Pakistan pacer, Mohammad Amir. It was Cook’s 11th Test century as a captain which is the joint most no. of Test centuries by an English captain. Former England captain Graham Gooch had also hit 11 Test centuries.
- Alastair Cook’s 105 runs knock was also Cook’s 31st 50+ knock as an English Test captain, which is the most no. of 50+ Test knocks by an English captain. With this 105 runs knock, Cook surpassed former English captain Mike Atherton, who had played 50+ runs knocks in Test cricket for 30 times.
- On day 1, England opener Alastair Cook and no.3 batsman Joe Root put an impressive 185 runs partnership for the 2nd wicket. In Test cricket history, it was the England’s second highest 2nd wicket partnership against Pakistan. The highest 2nd wicket partnership for England against Pakistan in Test is 248 runs between Colin Cowdrey and Ted Dexter at The Oval in August 1962.
- Another England batsman Joe Root also played brilliantly in this match. At the end of the day, he remained unbeaten on 141 after coming to bat at no.3. Last time a no.3 batsman had scored a Test century at Old Trafford was in 2006 by England player Alastair Cook (127 against Pakistan).
Also, during that 2006 Test at this ground between England and Pakistan, Pakistan’s no.3 batsman Younis Khan hit a half-century (62) at later. That was the last Test half-century by a no.3 batsman before Root’s unbeaten 141 runs innings.