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Summary

  1. Root 141*, Cook 105
  2. Cook's 29th century, level with Bradman
  3. Cook & Root add 185 for second wicket
  4. Hales 10, Vince 18, Ballance 23
  5. Second Test, Old Trafford; Pak 1-0 up

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By Stephan Shemilt and Bibhash Dash

All times stated are UK

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And that's where I'll depart. Enjoy your Friday evening and join us again in the morning. Goodbye.

So, we begin again tomorrow morning, with England looking to push on to 500+ and Pakistan hoping for early wickets to avoid a long day in the dirt.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

For all that I said about Cook and Root, I can't say the same about Hales, Vince and Ballance.

Hales is not the finished article. He's trying hard but he was playing way in front of his pad and he got bowled. It's about footwork - it's very simple.

Despite a long day in the field. Good to see Pakistani players signing autographs & taking pics with fans #Cricket

Despite a long day in the field. Good to see Pakistani players signing autographs & taking pics with fans #Cricket

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

There are plenty of batsmen to come - on paper. They have batted Yasir Shah out of the game today, but tomorrow the batsmen are gone and it could be different.

England batsman Joe Root on Sky Sports: "We're in a good position now. It's about making the most of it tomorrow, make sure we get partnerships going. Today we played a lot straighter. There was some frustration from before of not getting on for a big score. It was nice to do so today."  

England captain Alastair Cook on Sky Sports: "It was a good day. For Joe also to get a big hundred is vitally important. It was a belting first-day wicket, but there's signs it might wear and tear so we've got to make them most of batting first. I thought we played at a better tempo today."

It was left to Chris Woakes (the world's best nightwatchman?) to bat through the rest of the day. England sleep on 314-4, an ideal start in their bid to square the series.

'Vince can't keep making the same mistakes'

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

Vince plays the most pretty, handsome cover drives but he can't resist having a dart outside off stump. They got him out twice at Lord's like that and they got him twice here - because he was dropped at second slip. Pretty small scores ain't going to cut it. He can't keep making the same mistakes because the selectors will say, "he hasn't got a cricket brain".

You can see Gary Ballance is a very limited batsman. I don't think anything has changed from when he played before.

It looked like Gary Ballance would accompany Root to the close, but he became the second member of England's middle order to fall to a poor stroke.

Balance chops on off Rahat for 23

But that didn't stop Root from going to his 10th Test ton.

Root brings up his 10th Test hundred

When Cook went on the stroke of tea, it presented an opportunity for James Vince. Twice he tried to pass it up, succeeding on the second occasion.

Cook goes level with Bradman with 29th Test century
Vince dropped on six by Younus
Vince drives Yasir through cover

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

England will have hurt after losing at Lord's. I thought England's batsmen are not that bad - it's the five inches between their ears that count.

Root and Cook played splendidly - they showed patience, concentration, judgement. Only a handful of balls got past the bat. They made the leg-spinner bowl a lot of overs, tire him out and not give him any easy wickets. It was just a quality performance. They weren't flawless innings but they were excellent.

It was Cook who won the race to a century, notching his 29th Test ton. He's level with the GOAT, Sir Don Bradman. 

Cook goes level with Bradman with 29th Test century

To any young right handed batsmen out there, if you want to copy an English batsman,copy Joe Root in every aspect. He's the complete player.

...after shot.

Root’s elegant forcing shot for four
Root's 'magnificent' shot for four
Root pulls Yasir for four

...Root illuminating proceedings with shot after shot...

Root drives Rahat for four
Root off-drives Amir for four
Root cuts Yasir for four

Alastair Cook and Joe Root weren't wasting the chance to bat on an Old Trafford belter. Cook steady....

Cook boundary gets England off the mark
Cook cuts Rahat for four
‘Effortless’ straight drive from Cook

Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

Joe Root has played impeccably - a copybook innings. It's one thing winning the toss and it's another turning that into a winning position. Don't worry - Root will be hungry for more tomorrow. There could be a really big score on the horizon if he gets in tomorrow.

One man who might not look back on today too fondly is Alex Hales. If we go right back to the morning session, he was thoroughly worked over by Mohammad Amir before losing his middle and off stumps.

Alex Hales is clean bowled by Amir

Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

At 314-4 with power to come, England are in a terrific position.

Yep, Sir G will cast his eye over today's play and we'll bring you the video highlights. Stick with us for the next half hour or so for the best of the day's action.

Root gets handshakes from the Pakistan players, a nice touch. He removes his helmet and mops his brow at the end of six hours in the middle. He waves his bat to a crowd that chants "Roooooooot". He has the chance for a really big one tomorrow.

Close of play - Eng 314-4

That will do, the end of what has been England's day. Alastair Cook gobbled up the chance to bat first when Misbah-ul-Haq called incorrectly, with the skipper and his vice then tonning up. Cook 105, Joe Root still there on 141. England sleep on 314-4, on top in this second Test.

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Huw Thomas: Woakes in as a nightwatchman to protect Stokes. Woakes has a higher first class average. Strange game, cricket.

Eng 313-4

Woakes, by the way, has a Test batting average that is only 0.6 runs off that of Stokes, the man he is protecting. (Woakes' bowling average is nearly 10 runs better). Rahat tests out the middle of the pitch, Woakes ducking and bobbing. We're almost done for the day.

Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

What we've seen today is what we knew already: there's a huge imbalance in the England line-up - a gulf between Cook and Root and the other specialist batsmen.

Eng 313-4

87 overs

It gets a touch brighter - we'll get to 18:30, but we won't fit 90 overs in. Amir round the wicket to Root, a man who has been at the crease for all but 20 minutes of the day's play. As some fans sing Hey Jude, but with the words change to Joe Root, Amir hangs the ball outside the off stump. We'll probably fit two more overs in. 

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Brent Bentley: When your nightwatchman has 9 first class hundreds you officially have a long batting line-up!!!

Hannah Dixie: Woakes to bat 4 instead of Vince. No brainer!

Eng 313-4

Rahat 19-2-69-2

Looking again, it was a pretty average delivery from Rahat, He's making a habit of taking wickets with bad balls. Imagine what might happen when he bowls some good ones. Woakes is off the mark with a punch through point for a couple.

Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

Chris Woakes is the best player I've seen come out as a nigthwatchman for England for a very long time.

Ed Smith

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

Is Chris Woakes too good to be a nightwatchman?

Eng 311-4

Chris Woakes, with a career batting average of 32, is England's nightwatchman. He might see this as a chance to get a big score, rather than just to protect Stokes, Bairstow et al. Moeen Ali now pushed down to nine.... 

Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

He tried to cut a ball that was far too close for him. It came back in, took the bottom edge and cannoned into the stumps. I'm fascinated to see a) if England have a nigthwatchman, and b) his name.

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Ballance b Rahat 23 (Eng 311-4)

From nowhere, Gary Ballance has given Pakistan a Friday evening gift. A short delivery from Rahat Ali is too straight to cut, but that's exactly what Ballance tries to do. He only succeeds in getting an under edge down on to his stumps. When he was looking well set, Ballance falls. One more tonight and Pakistan will be very chipper.

Balance chops on off Rahat for 23

Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

Joe Root is wonderfully relaxed. That's one thing you notice about the top players - in between balls they're in their natural habitat.

Eng 311-3

A sign that this new ball hasn't really worked for Pakistan is this change of plan. Amir to Ballance, short leg and two men on the hook. Bumpers, rather than looking for some wobble in the air. Amir, shirt untucked, sends down one bouncer so high that it's called wide. England coasting towards the close.

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Following from a bar in Cannes waiting for the rest of the family to arrive. Hoping Joe gets to 150 before I have to make conversation.

Graham in Cannes, France

Eng 309-3

Root 140, Ballance 21

Even with the new ball in hand, Pakistan are quite defensive to Root. I suppose that makes sense for the man who has batted like Sachin today. More aggressive for Ballance, three slips, with the left-hander only playing when he really has to. He looks like he might have lost a bit of weight, Ballance. He might be going easy on the lager.