England out for 297

Pakistan managed to bowl England out for 297 runs in the opening day of the test match at Edgbaston yesterday. Sohail Khan was too much for the English batsmen to deal with as he returned an impressive 5-96, “When I played my first two Test matches, the pitches were flat and it didn’t swing for me. But I worked hard and it paid off. Good areas are good areas wherever you are – you can 310710-sohail-khan-ptibowl against any batsman if you hit the right area.” Also on fire was Sarfraz Ahmed as he caught five catches. England batsman Gary Ballance “It was tough the whole day. Pakistan were always in the game; it kept you honest. If we bowl well, this could be a par score. With a bit of cloud cover, we bowl well and get a second-innings lead, we will have a chance.”

Former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott and BBC commentator said “The decision by Misbah was a calculated gamble. It was partly negative because he was wary of Anderson. Secondly, he saw something in the pitch that most of us didn’t. England all out for less than 300 – Misbah will be thinking he’s done all right.” Ex-England captain Michael Vaughan told the press “It’s been a fascinating day. England will know they could have got more – but they’ve got a score they can bowl at. If Pakistan are going to go big they’ve got to do it in the first innings. On a pitch like this, if they bat badly, you can see a team being bowled out for 150.”