Azhar falls cheaply again as Anderson strikes in second Test

Ross Houston
August 14, 2020

Captain Azhar Ali also had a moment of good fortune when a ball from Chris Woakes ricocheted against the stumps without dislodging a bail.

Hafeez tweeted a photograph of himself taken with a woman on the golf course near Pakistan's onsite hotel at the Ageas Bowl, where the second Test starts Thursday.

England should have had more than one wicket, twice dropping Abid at second slip with spills that should have been easily grabbed.

A Pakistan statement said: 'As it was evident from the photograph, Hafeez had breached the two-metre social distancing protocol and following a consultation process with the team doctor, the team management has chose to isolate him until he returns a negative Covid-19 test'.

Anderson's two wickets took him to 592 in Test cricket, leaving him just eight away from becoming the first quick bowler, and just the fourth man ever, to 600 Test wickets.

Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez has been forced to self-isolate after breaching coronavirus protocols by meeting a member of the public while playing golf ahead of the second Test against England, team management said on Wednesday.

But England captain Joe Root said on the eve of this match: "To question Jimmy's ability and his record - do that at your own peril".

The under-pressure Azhar was almost out for seven when, playing defensively to Chris Woakes, the ball trickled onto his stumps without dislodging the bails.

But the 34-year-old lasted just five minutes while completing a four-ball duck that saw him lbw to Woakes. The inclusion of the forgotten left-handed batsman was the only change to the side as he replaced leg-spinning all-rounder Shadab Khan.

Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes then got in on the action by picking up the wickets of Asad Shafiq and Fawad Alam as Pakistan slumped to 126-5 in the final session before rain interrupted and then stopped play.

Curran, who was preferred to Jofra Archer in Southampton after being overlooked for the three-wicket win at Emirates Old Trafford, removed opener Abid Ali for 60 in figures of 1-23 fro 10 overs. Broad, J.M. Anderson.

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