England V Pakistan 2nd Test

England levelled the series with Pakistan through a 330 run victory at Old Trafford. England batted first and scored 589/8 declared, built around Joe Root’s 254. In reply, Pakistand were all out for 198, 391 runs behind. England had the opportunity to enforce the follow-on, but decided not to; they scored 173/1 declared in 30 overs and then bowled Pakistan out for 234.

The decision not to enforce the follow-on was a big talking point. In my opinion, England should have enforced the follow-on. England bowled Pakistan out in 63.4 overs, with Chris Woakes bowling the most overs (16 overs). Just over two sessions is not a long time to spend in the field and the decision to bat again did not give the bowlers a long rest as they only batted for 30 overs, the equivalent of a session (although bad weather did extend the time period). Batting again removed any chance for Pakistan to win the game, although after the first innings, Pakistan would need to have scored somewhere in the region of 500 and then have bowled very well.

I think England should have enforced the follow-on, but what do you think? Leave me a comment and tell me.


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