Chris Woakes, that disregarded key batsmen Babar Azam and Azhar Ali cheaply, stated:”I’d no idea if he managed to bowl or prepared to bowl, but I am not overly surprised he could do exactly what he did. That is Ben Stokes, we all know he is capable of wonders.
“He has a small gold arm, he consistently has had the knack of picking up wickets. Whenever you’re in a little bit of dog battle, he is the type of player you need on your group. He always put up his hand and provides 110 percent and he definitely did that picking up a few.
“You hear a great deal about documents and chases, just how many times it has been chased in Old Trafford, but things like this are there to be broken.
“We will certainly look at these other wins, the type of wins at which you are written off about this phase of the game. We are going to draw on these experiences. We have definitely got the capacity for a win and we have got the players that will perform it.”
Pakistan might already have enough on the board to observe the match home, especially with a diverse bowling attack which has speed, nous and two keen leg-spinners from the positions.
Yasir Shah took four wickets and Shadab Khan twice as the turning ball did for England first time round and their hazard could be dialled up since the pitch continues to wear.
Twist adviser Mushtaq Ahmed, formerly a part of England’s backroom team, tipped them to become an even larger handful with the match on the line.
“When people put a fantastic goal, they may be lethal on the market,” he explained.
“If we could find another 20 into 30 runs which is going to be an excellent score on such pitch. Yasir and Shadab have barely played cricket for the past five or six months, however, the way that they bowled in the first innings I believe they have got the momentum today.
“They know the pitch and what speed you want to bowl onto it, what areas you have to have to various batsmen. I believe they’re feeling confident in their bowling today. We’re extremely confident.” PA