Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

England Hammer Pakistan to Level Series at Old Trafford

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

England Hammer Pakistan to Level Series at Old Trafford

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ENGLAND overcame the injuryenforced absence of Ben Stokes to trounce Pakistan by 330 runs, with more than a day to spare, and level the Investec series at Old Trafford.

The runs margin of success is in England's all-time top five, almost as emphatic as the 354 by which they beat the same opponents in Nottingham on their last tour six years ago.

It means the scoreline is 1-1 with two to play, starting at Edgbaston next Wednesday.

But after James Anderson, Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes took three wickets each in Pakistan's 234 all out, the significant cloud on England's horizon is the extent of Stokes' calf injury - set to become clear only after he undergoes MRI scans on Tuesday.

The all-rounder pulled up mid-over on the fourth afternoon, his first England appearance since he limped out of the action at Headingley in May and subsequently needed surgery on his left knee. …

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