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Ruthless England hammer sorry Pakistan in first Test

First Test, Trent Bridge (day four, close):
England 354 & 262-9 dec beat Pakistan 182 & 80 by 354 runs
Match scorecard

James Anderson produced some of the finest bowling of his career
James Anderson produced some of the finest bowling of his career

By Sam Sheringham

James Anderson completed his first 10-wicket haul in international cricket as England romped to a 354-run victory in the first Test against Pakistan.

After a quiet first half hour at Trent Bridge, Anderson (6-17) removed Imran Farhat for 15 and followed up with the wickets of Umar Amin and Umar Akmal.

Steven Finn struck in his first over to dismiss Mohammad Aamer before Anderson (11-71 overall) ran through the tail.

Pakistan were 80 all out before lunch, their lowest score against England.

It was a dismal performance on the fourth morning from Pakistan, whose inexperienced batting line-up has been ruthlessly exposed by England's swing bowlers.

And within hours of the defeat, the Pakistan Cricket Board responded by recalling former captain Mohammad Yousuf to bolster the batting.

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Yousuf, who has a Test average of 53.07, was jettisoned from the side along with Younis Khan after the duo were blamed for the infighting which undermined their disastrous tour of Australia last winter.

Resuming on 15-3, Pakistan got off to a surprisingly comfortable start as England bowled too many balls which did not require the batsmen to play a shot.

Anderson took time to find a threatening line from around the wicket but once he did, he was back to his deadly best.

After beating Farhat with a ball that straightened slightly off the seam, he delivered a vicious inswinger which took the edge and was comfortably caught by England Test captain Andrew Strauss.

Man-of-the-match Anderson, continuing to revel in conditions tailor-made for his brand of bowling, removed Umar Akmal with another inswinger before Steven Finn snared nightwatchman Aamer, who drove uppishly and steered a thick outside edge to Kevin Pietersen in the gully.

Finn then dismissed Kamran Akmal lbw with a ball that was probably missing leg stump, the batsman unable to review the decision because Pakistan had already used up their two referrals.

Umar Gul failed to repeat his first innings heroics, although it took a spectacular catch from Paul Collingwood to dismiss him, the Durham all-rounder leaping to claim the ball with both hands as it flew above his head.

Collingwood was on hand again to snaffle an edge from Shoaib Malik to give Anderson his second five-wicket haul of the match.

And after a rapid 16 not out from Danish Kaneria, Anderson wrapped things up when Mohammad Asif nicked one to Graeme Swann in the slips.



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see also
Yousuf recalled to Pakistan squad
01 Aug 10 |  Pakistan
Butt tips Pakistan to fight back
01 Aug 10 |  England
England v Pakistan day four photos
01 Aug 10 |  England
Prior guides England towards win
31 Jul 10 |  England
Anderson puts England in command
30 Jul 10 |  England
Morgan stars as England dominate
29 Jul 10 |  England
England facing Pakistan test
27 Jul 10 |  England
The enigma that is Pakistan
27 Jul 10 |  Cricket
Pakistan in England 2010
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