England secure dominant win over tourists in second Test

July 26, 2016

England's cricketers have made up lost ground in their ongoing series against Pakistan and secured victory in the second Test following some excellent performances on the field at Old Trafford.

Now drawing level in the series at 1-1, England proved more than the measure of their opponents in what was a fairly one-sided affair from the off.

England stretched a first innings advantage of 391 heading the second half of the match to more than 500 runs by the time they declared and called the Pakistan team back to bat, with some relentless England bowling making it rough going for the visitors throughout.

Indeed, the tourists were unable to close such a wide margin in their own second spell at bat, eventually losing by 330 runs at the close of play.

Joe Root received the well-deserved man of the match award for his efforts, securing 325 runs in a fine performance behind the crease, as well as taking four catches and a single wicket.

The attention now turns to Edgbaston, where the tourists will hope to put this loss behind them heading into the next match, and third in the series. However, it promises to be a much tighter affair than that witnessed at Old Trafford, with both teams still in with a fighting chance of victory in the series overall.

Indeed, it all builds to a head at the final Test at the Kia Oval, with England fans hoping they'll be the ones taking a lead into this last crunch head-to-head.

By Alex Brundell 

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