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Chris Silverwood: 'We let Pakistan off the hook'

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The tourists reached 139 for two on a rain-affected day at Old Trafford.

England head coach Chris Silverwood felt his side let Pakistan off the hook on day one of the first Test, surrendering control in a loose afternoon session.

The tourists opted to bat first at Emirates Old Trafford but were kept on a tight leash before lunch, reaching the interval at 53 for two.

By the time stumps were finally pulled, following a three-hour rain delay and bad light, that had stretched to 139 for two with Babar Azam boasting a free-flowing unbeaten 69 and Shan Masood twice reprieved by Jos Buttler on his closing score of 46 not out.

Babar’s impeccable timing, which saw him knit together an enviable highlights reel of 11 boundaries, stole the show but Silverwood felt his attack was complicit during a 16-over period after the break which leaked 68 runs.

But the opening batsman was more than happy to cash in on his chances against Dom Bess having done the hard work early on under dark skies.

“We know England have world-class bowlers, especially on their home turf. It was important to get rid of the shine in the first hour and make it easier for the guys coming in,” he said.

“This game is pretty funny…you get an element of fortune every now and then and there are times when the tide goes the other way. You just try to stay in and whatever chances you get, you try to capitalise. England has always been a place for world cricketers to prove their mettle.”

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