Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Pakistan Have No Defence as England's Attack Runs Riot; Tourists' Batsmen Suffer Nightmare Start to Second Test at Edgbaston as Their Hopes of Squaring the Series Look Almost Over

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Pakistan Have No Defence as England's Attack Runs Riot; Tourists' Batsmen Suffer Nightmare Start to Second Test at Edgbaston as Their Hopes of Squaring the Series Look Almost Over

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Byline: Tom Collomosse Sports Correspondent

PAKISTAN were humiliated by England at Edgbaston this morning as the tourists' inability to cope with the swinging ball made them lose six wickets for just 37 runs before lunch.

Stuart Broad claimed three victims, Steven Finn two and Jimmy Anderson one, with Umar Akmal, who scored 17, the only Pakistan batsman to make it into double figures.

Already 1-0 down after losing by 354 runs in the First Test at Trent Bridge five days ago, it is virtually impossible to see how Pakistan can prevent Andrew Strauss's team making it 2-0 with two to play in the four match series.

Pakistan recalled the experienced Mohammad Yousuf for this Test but decided not to play the 35-year-old batsman citing a lack of practice and fatigue for his exclusion. Yousuf arrived in Birmingham from Pakistan only yesterday afternoon but had he been sleepwalking while at the wicket, he would probably have coped better than his hapless compatriots.

The recall of Yousuf, who had retired from international cricket after being banned by the Pakistan Cricket Board, was a controversial decision. Yet at this rate, Pakistan will probably need to recall Imran Khan, Javed Miandad and Zaheer Abbas if they are to have a chance of producing a competent batting performance.

Under overcast skies, Salman Butt chose to bat first, with Andrew Strauss admitting he would have done the same. If this is the case, it was an excellent toss to lose. Anderson and Broad beat the bat time after time, before Broad made the breakthrough by removing Imran Farhat for a 24-ball duck.

Farhat had pushed and prodded to no good effect for 35 minutes, and he was put out of his misery by a thin edge to a lifting delivery from Broad, which Matt Prior caught easily behind the stumps.

Butt had played patiently for the first 55 minutes but undid all his groundwork with a lazy, loose drive at Finn. Graeme Swann did the rest at second slip and Pakistan were nine for two after an hour's play. …

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