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Last Updated: Thursday, 13 July 2006, 07:58 GMT 08:58 UK
Lord's Test: Day 1 as it happened
England 309-3 v Pakistan

Paul Collingwood and Alastair Cook posted an England fourth-wicket record stand against Pakistan of 221 in first day total of 309-3 in the first Test.

Collingwood posted an impressive second Test century but was lucky on 79 when keeper Kamran Akmal spilled a sitter.

Cook reached his second century just before stumps and had more good fortune, dropped on nought, 45 and 81.

Before lunch, England's openers put on 60 in 12 overs but fell in six balls, and Kevin Pietersen was lbw for 21.


By Tom Fordyce

CLOSE OF PLAY: England 309-3 (Collingwood 109 not out, Cook 101 not out) A standing ovation from the crowd as England's two centurions walk off, both looking exhausted and happy. The Pakistani players just look exhausted.

1757: After almost running himself out with a terrible call, Cook jabs one into the off side and is called through by Collingwood for the single he needs. It's his first Test century in England, and he looks like the most relieved man to ever held a bat.

"Cook, with a near-suicidal single, reaches his century. He's had all manner of luck." Jonathan Agnew, Test Match Special.

1753: A single from Collingwood gives Cook four balls of Razzaq's over to reach his ton. With enormous self-control, he leaves all four. The crowd can't believe it.

1749: Cook miscues a full toss from Afridi down to long off for two, and then takes another quick two to square leg to move to 99. True to form, he then fences at a wide one and is extremely fortunate not to nick it to Kamran Akmal.

1744: A quick single from Collingwood brings up the 300. Bell has now taken his pads off while Matthew Hoggard has strapped his on - we've reached that nightwatchman time. Hoggard looks quite cheerful at the prospect of a dusk joust - that hand must have healed better than we thought.

1740: Collingwood looks weary. He's stopped moving his feet and has two dodgy moments against Razzaq. At the end of the over he gestures to the England dressing-room and asks for a new set of gloves. Those ones must be soaking.

1736: Cook, riled by such jibes, pulls Kaneria for four. Six runs needed, seven overs to go today.

1730: Cook has about half an hour to get the 10 runs he needs for his century. You might scoff, but it's taken him 235 balls to get to 90, so no chickens should be counted just yet. Collingwood has scored almost twice as fast. Guess which innings Geoff Boycott has prefered?

1723: Cook rocks back and cuts Kaneria down to the Tavern stand for two. That brings up the 200 partnership. Ian Bell has now had his pads strapped on for five hours, assuming he didn't take them off at lunch to give his sweaty legs a breather.

1715: 'Scratchy' Cook continues to struggle for runs. He's still 14 shy of his own century, and the way he's been playing it could take a while to get there. Inzamam watches morosely. It's not been the best of days for the big man.

1709: Collingwood comes down the pitch to Kaneria and punches him over mid-off for four. The next ball he turns to square leg for a scampered single and he's there - his second Test century. Off comes the helmet and up go the arms, and the crowd stand to applaud. He shakes hands with a beaming Cook and points his bat at the England balcony.

"Collingwood is a very happy man indeed - an excellent knock just when his team needed it." Christopher Martin-Jenkins, Test Match Special

1703: If Collingwood was anxious then, he'll be almost beside himself now. A Cook drive is deflected onto the stumps at the bowler's end by Sami, and with Collingwood scrambling to regain his ground there's a huge appeal. But Steve Bucknor says not out. Gulp.

1657: Collingwood deflects a Kaneria googly down to fine leg for two more to take his score to 95. He then almost gives a caught-and-bowled chance when Kaneria's top-spinner deceives him, but checks his shot just in time. He puffs out his cheeks and exhales a lungful of anxious air.

1650: Has any man ever survived more chances in an innings than Cook? He edges Gul straight to Imran Farhat at slip, only for the fielder to floor it once again. That's the third chance Farhat has put down. He's been so poor that it might be a legitimate tactic to hit the ball straight to him, as it seems to guarantee certain runs. Cook must feel utterly impregnable - no matter what he tries, he can't get out.

1644: Collingwood officially enters the nervous nineties. He's got plenty of time to make his second Test ton - there's still eight overs to go until the new ball can be taken. There's no outward sign of nerves.

1638: Collingwood gets his innings going again with a lofted pull for four off Gul to move to 89. Gul responds with a nasty inswinging yorker which Collingwood jabs onto his own foot. Most of us would have hobbled away from that in agony, but the flinty Collingwood merely nods at Gul while gritting his teeth.

1630: An easy single takes Cook to 75. Duncan Fletcher is making a vehement point to Andrew Strauss up on the England balcony. Strauss takes off his cap and scratches his head like a puzzled Arkansas farmer.

1623: It's all gone rather cagey out in the middle. Neither batsman can find the middle of the bat, while Kaneria has gone round the wicket and is looking for some explosive turn out of the rough. The crowd are less than enthralled - what was a gentle buzz of conversation is now blatant loud chatting.

"Collingwood hasn't been the same player since that dropped edge - his confidence has gone." Geoffrey Boycott, Test Match Special

1615: Collingwood must have taken a sip from Cook's lucky beaker - he edges the simplest of edges off Gul straight to Kamran Akmal, only for the keeper to spill it. Akmal can't believe it - he takes off his left glove and throws it to the ground in disgust. To be fair, he had time to take both his gloves off and still take that chance, possibly in his trouser pocket.

"That must be in the top twenty worst dropped catches I have ever seen." Christopher Martin-Jenkins, Test Match Special

1610: Gul boomerangs an inswinger into Cook's pads, but the Essex tyro gets an inside edge to it and survives the lbw shout. Pakistan have kept the pressure on since tea, but a paddle round the corner from Cook brings up the 250.

"If these two hang around, England should reach 350 by close of play. But Cook mustn't get sucked in by all these aggressive strokemakers - he's got to do his own thing." Geoffrey Boycott, Test Match Special

1603: Cook's clearly been drinking more lucky juice during the interval - he edges Gul's first ball straight through third slip for four.

TEA: England 242-3 (Cook 68*, Collingwood 77*) Great session for England - 124 runs on the board and not a single additional wicket down. It's not been razzle-dazzle cricket, but it's done the job. Collingwood clearly loves playing against Pakistan, while Cook has had so much good fortune that his pads must be stuffed with lucky heather.

1533: Collingwood pushes Kaneria into the leg side for a single, and that's the 150 partnership. It's taken 238 balls, and the copper-haired Durham battler has dominated it - he's hit 76 runs compared to Cook's 58. Andrew Strauss claps heartily on the England balcony. He doesn't care that fireworks have been in short supply - these two batsmen have England out of a rather nasty hole.

1528: Collingwood, perhaps aware that virtually the whole pavilion is now asleep, livens things up with two fours pulled over midwicket and moves on to 70. Caught up in the fun of the moment, he aims a loose drive at Razzaq and is nearly bowled. Razzaq can't work out how the ball missed the stumps - it seemed to pass clean through the timbers.

1521: Inzamam attempts to engineer a breakthrough by bringing on Shahid Afridi for a pre-tea twirl. Cook greets his arrival with a casual two through cover. Former Foreign Secretary Douglas Hurd is watching proceedings with a smile on his lips.

1515: We're in the sort of passage of play that is often euphemistically described as "old-fashioned Test cricket". Depending on your point of view, it's either a gripping chess-like battle or a mid-afternoon yawn-fest that would see you reaching for your newspaper crossword if you were at the ground. 1507: Gleefully rubbing salt in the wound, Cook pulls Sami for four to bring up his own half-century and England's 200. Inzamam looks a bit sick, and who can blame him? Cook should have gone three times, but he's still there, scrabbling around, and it's getting on for three hours since Pakistan took a wicket.

"He hasn't been at his best, but that's a spankingly good shot." Henry Blofeld, Test Match Special

1503: And there's his third - Cook pushes a straightforward caught-and-bowled chance back to Kaneria, only for the bowler to deck it after a comedy juggle. Cook is so jammy at the moment that he could probably reverse his helmet and still be able to middle the ball.

1454: A chorus of appeals from round the bat as Kaneria's googly beats Cook all ends up. Kaneria and Kamran Akmal are utterly convinced there's been an edge, but Steve Bucknor doesn't want to know. Replays show the slightest of nibbles - not that you'd guess from the angelic look of innocence on Cook's face. That's his second life of the day.

1448: A nudge from Cook brings up the 100 partnership for England. Progress might be unspectacular - the only time anyone in the crowd has risen to their feet is to visit the Tavern Bar - but it's doing the job for England.

"I opened up my computer yesterday and everything worked perfectly. I did the same again today and it asked me for a password. Can anyone explain why?" Christopher Martin-Jenkins, Test Match Special

1445: Drinks all round. Collingwood takes the opportunity to dash into the pavilion for a courtesy break, while Cook takes off his gloves and sips something isotonic.

1440: Collingwood brings up his half-century with a well-timed push off the back foot through the covers. It's taken him 62 balls, and he's played very well - unruffled and in control. Michael Vaughan rises from his seat in the executive box, is handed a pair of crutches and limps away like a Dickensian villain.

1436: Kaneria tries his luck from round the wicket, but Collingwood is happy to pad the ball away. The partnership is now up to 93, and three large men in the stands wearing Hawaian shirts tuck into fresh pints to celebrate.

1430: Close shave for Cook as Sami nips one back into his pads. It looks horribly like a re-run of Razzaq's dismissal of Strauss, but this time Simon Taufel keeps his fingers to himself. Collingwood inspects the bottom of his bat and then strolls down the pitch for a chat with his fresh-faced partner.

"If I was to give Cook one bit of advice, it would be to not feel under any pressure to play big shots." Geoffrey Boycott, Test Match Special

1422: Change of bowling - Mohammad Sami comes on at the Nursery End. This feels like a key stage in the match - if this pair can stay together for another hour, England will be in the driving seat. If another wicket goes down then Pakistan will fancy their chances against Bell and Jones. Collingwood shows his intent by driving Sami for four through the covers, his best shot of the day, and moves on to 48.

1417: Collingwood is beaten by a snorter from Gul which darts in at his pads and then cuts away. Ian Bell, padded up on the balcony, is deep in thought, a serious look playing across his chops.

"This is all very well, but one of these batsmen needs to go on to make a hundred. Doesn't matter how long it takes." Geoffrey Boycott, Test Match Special

1410: Cook joins Collingwood on 32 not out, with both batsmen looking well set. Neither Gul nor Kaneria have threatened since lunch. In an executive box high in the Mound Stand, the mournful figure of Michael Vaughan watches on. He's being badgered by an enthusiastic man in an open-necked shirt.

1402: England's 150 comes up in classic fashion - with five wides over the 'keeper from the enthusiastic Gul. His next delivery stays low, which doesn't bode well for the side batting last in this game. Collingwood has shaped his stubble into a golden goatee for this match, but his efforts are rather teenage compared to the mature beards on display from Inzamam and Afridi.

1357: Cook wafts at a wide delivery from Gul, feet immobile, much like a man doing a Marcus Trescothick impersonation to amuse his mates.

1350: Not so much turn for Kaneria yet. Cook is looking much more comfortable than he did before lunch, standing tall at the crease and taking quick singles to keep the scoreboard moving whenever he can. The post-lunch period has witnessed an immediate and dramatic increase in the number of old men falling asleep in the pavilion. One gentleman has attempted to disguise his snoozing by donning large dark glasses and a low-brimmed hat, but the angle of his head - pointing directly at his feet - rather gives the game away.

"There are still plenty of empty seats in the stands - the picnics today must be of the highest quality." Christopher Martin-Jenkins, Test Match Special

1345: Cook profits from Gul's early looseners to pick up a four and a two behind square on the leg side. Then Collingwood slashes at a wide one and picks up a chancey four over the slip cordon. Gul wrinkles his impressive Pathan nose in disgust.

1340: Kaneria gets us underway again with three men close in on the off side. Collingwood ignores the pressure and hits two nice boundaries, one off his legs to the Tavern Stand and the other straight down the ground. Inzamam gives gentle chase to the latter and makes a complete mess of his attempted stop. There was no need for a diving slide - which is probably just as well - but even the act of bending from the waist to pick up a ball travelling at just over snail pace proved beyond him.

"Inzamam bent down there like an old man inspecting his marrows." Christopher Martin-Jenkins, Test Match Special

LUNCH: England 118-3 (Cook 22*, Collingwood 12*) Pakistan will be enjoying their lunch rather more than England after those three quick wickets, even if Woolmer has crossed curry off the menu. A plain old cucumber sandwich can taste remarkably good when your second-string attack has cleaned out the opposition's best three batsmen.

"That was Pakistan's session. Pietersen was magnificent for his 21 but his dismissal has put England right onto the back foot." Angus Fraser, Test Match Special

1255: A monstrous leggie from Kaneria fizzes past Collingwood's prodding forward defensive. He's getting a lot of turn here, which hints at a long afternoon spell. He's making the ball dance like he's at Lahore, rather than Lords.

1250: Collingwood takes a gamble and hoists Kaneria high over mid-on for three. There's then a huge appeal as Kaneria beats Collingwood's outside edge with a leg-spinner and clips his back leg, only for Kamran Akmal to knock the attempted catch onto the stumps. No-one quite knows which decision they're appealing for - catch, lbw or stumped - but Steve Bucknor doesn't give any of them.

"I think that should have been lbw. It was, you know..." Angus Fraser, Test Match Special

1242: England are rather hanging on for lunch. Kaneria is coming on for a quick twiddle as Pakistan push for a fourth wicket. He licks his fingers as Collingwood eyes him calmly from the other end.

1237: Compared to the rampaging style of Pietersen, Cook and new man Collingwood look distinctly crabby - but at least they're still in. Collingwood clips one off his pads for three, and that brings the hundred up. In the Lord's pavilion, a bearded man who looks rather like the tennis ball-juggling star of the Kaiser Chiefs' Modern Way video is enjoying a gentle pre-lunch snooze.

WICKET: England 88-3 (Pietersen 21) Razzaq has his revenge - he darts one back from outside stump and Pietersen, leaving what he thought was a wide one, is trapped lbw without playing a shot. What a waste for England - Pietersen looked to be in fine form. What makes it worse is that replays suggest the ball would have cleared the bails by a good two inches.

1225: Pietersen leaves one outside off stump with such exaggerated style that he looks like a breakdancer challenging Razzaq to a dance-off. He then smashes the bowler for two glorious fours straight down the ground.

1220: Sami comes back on to replace Gul as Pietersen looks to accelerate. England's number four is wearing heavy white lipstick - sorry, sun-screen - despite a complete absence of sun all morning. It makes him look a little New Romantic - or, taken as whole with his whites and pads - like a photo negative of a cricket-loving Goth.

1215: Cook plays a controlled edge past gully for his first boundary. He's looking a little nervous at the moment as Razzaq continues to wobble the ball around outside his off stump.

"At the moment I've only got 10 for the Hayes (Kent) 2s against Bexley on Sunday if Shoaib is looking for a game."Peter Jones, via email

1211: Pietersen smashes Gul for four through the covers, going down onto one knee and holding the pose for any watching photographers as the ball speeds to the boundary.

"We at Alexandra Park Cricket Club generously offer Shoaib Akhtar the chance to play for us (if selected) within the grounds of the beautiful Alexandra Palace, North London. I'll supply a link to our website where he can fill in the overseas player registration form if he's interested." Mat Blackmore, via email

1207: Pietersen gets off the mark and is already looking to dominate the Pakistani attack, taking a trademark giant stride down the pitch. Word from the tourists' dressing-room is that Shoaib Akhtar could be fit for the third Test - and that the paceman is looking for a club run-out somewhere in England before then. Any offers?

1203: It could have just got a lot worse there for England - Cook edges a snorter from Gul straight to Inzamam at first slip, only for Imran Farhat to come diving across from second slip to palm the ball out of his captain's hands. Cook survives; Inzamam fumes.

WICKET: England 60-2 (Strauss 30) Delight in the Pakistani ranks as Abdul Razzaq crashes one into the England captain's pads to have him lbw. The ball just about pitched on line and then held its own to hit Strauss bang on the knee roll. Strauss fails to cash in on a good start and suddenly all the momentum is with the tourists.

WICKET: England 60-1 (Trescothick 16) Huge appeal from Gul and wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal as Trescothick flicks at a wide one - and Steve Bucknor raises his Finger of Doom. Banger's bat was so far from his body you could have driven a bus through the gap - sideways.

1145: Danish Kaneria makes a Montyesque attempt to stop a gentle Strauss nudge, waving his boot uncertainly at the ball and failing to make any contact. Delight in the TMS commentary box as a delivery of pork pies arrives just as Mike Gatting comes on air.

"Inzamam did the double teapot at slip when he saw that bit of fielding from Kaneria." Mike Gatting, Test Match Special

1140: Still cloudy overhead at Lord's. Gul nips one past Trescothick's outside edge as Inzamam scratches his beard at first slip. At the other end, Strauss removes his helmet and wipes the sweat off his forehead with his threequarter-length sleeve. 56-0.

1132: Trescothick brings up England's half-century with a well-timed push through extra cover for three. Those 52 runs came off just 51 balls.

"With the runs coming this quickly, you'd expect the crowd to be in full voice - but they're really rather quiet." Henry Blofeld, Test Match Special

1125: After that uncertain start, Strauss has hit his stride - he clips Gul through midwicket for two consecutive fours. England have raced to 44-0 in less than half an hour's play. Another point for Woolmer - not all curries are created equal. For sure, a creamy korma with pilau rice plus poppadoms is a calorie disaster - but who could possibly complain about a simple lentil dhaal with plain rice?

"The pavilion at Lord's is full, but not absolutely brimmers." Henry Blofeld, Test Match Special

1121: Two fours from Strauss off Sami - one a nice drive through the covers, the other a sketchy thick edge that flies just wide of second slip.

1115: Better from Strauss - he pulls Sami for four to get off the mark, and take England to 22 without loss. Re Woolmer banning curry - maybe it's the ghee he's worried about. Even Mike Gatting and Rob Key know that clarified butter doesn't do the old spare tyre any favours. If someone could develop a low-fat curry, surely Woolmer could rescind his ban?

1107: A bad start for England's new captain - he gets an inside edge to an Umar Gul inswinger and absorbs the full pace of the new ball on the Strauss family jewels. Not that things are much better for Gul, who sprays his first delivery wide of first slip. Inzamam decides against a diving save and the ball hurtles on unopposed to the boundary.

"Although Aggers says it's cool outside, he's still in a shirt - a rather fancy pink one." Christopher Martin-Jenkins, Test Match Special

1102: Loose first over from Sami - Trescothick helps himself to two boundaries as England move to 9-0. On the England team balcony, Kevin Pietersen is stretching his hamstrings in ostentatious fashion while wearing a loose blue vest.

1055: Marcus Trescothick and Andrew Strauss jog down the pavilion steps and onto the outfield to a tepid round of applause. Mohammad Sami will take the new ball, sporting a new, more austere haircut - gone are the Shaun Ryder 1989-style curtains that he was sporting last winter.

1049: Talking of being depleted, rumour has it that Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer has banned his team from eating curry. Seems rather harsh, doesn't it - akin to Marcello Lippi banning his boys from pasta and pesto. Anyway, the Pakistan team look pretty svelte, don't they? Just look at their skipp.... oh.

"The Pakistan team are in their team huddle down there on the outfield - it looks like a big friendly cuddle."Jonathan Agnew, BBC cricket correspondent

1040: It's still cloudy at Lord's, but not too steamy. Inzamam admits he would have chosen to bat too, had he won the toss, but he'll be hoping his depleted attack can get busy on this first morning.

1030: Good start from Andrew Strauss in his first Test as England captain - he wins the toss and decides to bat.

1020: Good prediction there - Hoggard is confirmed as fit, and will play his 33rd consecutive Test.

1005: Matthew Hoggard is taking a full part in warm-ups, has taken plenty of catches in practice this morning and is likely to play.

Conditions are warm but slightly overcast, which may favour swing early. But Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer described the pitch as a "belter" on Wednesday so the winner of the toss is likely to bat first.

0930: "For Strauss to have Hoggard back in the side to offer him some control would be a real positive. If he's not there, which I tend to feel he might not be, I think they will go for Jon Lewis for a similar reason. Sajid Mahmood's a more attacking bowler but Lewis will give Strauss the control he's looking for."Former England bowler Angus Fraser on BBC Five Live


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