Zak Crawley and Jos Buttler shared a report 359-run partnership as England posted an enormous first innings whole towards Pakistan.
Crawley amassed a profession greatest 267, the 10th highest rating ever by an England participant, whereas Buttler additionally posted his report first-class rating of 152.
The pair put the hosts in a powerful place as they posted a complete of 583 for eight declared on the Ageas Bowl within the third Take a look at, the best crew whole for 4 years.
England started the day handsomely set at 332 for 4 and added 41 in a gap session that was twice interrupted by rain and dragged till 2pm.
Crawley wanted 25 deliveries to attain his first runs of the day through a welcome half-volley served up by Shaheen Afridi, however Buttler was extra keen as he chased the 13 runs he wanted to succeed in three figures.
He acquired to 99 earlier than being given caught behind off the bowling of Mohammad Abbas, immediately signalling for DRS to come back to his assist. Replays confirmed the bat flicking pad not ball because it handed into Mohammad Rizwan’s gloves and Buttler stroked the following ball previous level to safe his long-awaited ton.
Crawley scored solely 15 earlier than lunch however it was a special matter within the afternoon session as he tapped the identical impressed groove that had served him so nicely a day earlier.
The stand topped 250 early within the afternoon, earlier than Fletcher and Greig’s report fifth-wicket stand of 254 in 1973 was eclipsed. Crawley grabbed a private landmark subsequent, turning his first hundred right into a double.
He did so with a uncommon unfastened stroke, flashing onerous exterior off stump and seeing the ball sail broad of second slip. Having develop into his nation’s third youngest double centurion, after Sir Len Hutton and David Gower, Crawley hammered his subsequent 50 in simply 41 balls.
He flogged Yasir via mid-wicket and when the spinner tried to tempt the drive, Crawley hoisted him in an arc over the long-off ropes. By now he was laying on a masterclass, driving onerous and straight, drilling Naseem on the up, chipping Shan Masood over mid-off and at last stepping exterior off stump to whip Abbas over midwicket.
He had eyes on 300 when he danced right down to Shafiq, who dragged it down leg and noticed Rizwan take a wise stumping. Crawley departed to fist bumps from the Pakistan fielders, strolling into a brand new part of his quick profession.
England would add one other 97 runs earlier than Root waved his males in, Buttler dropping anchor as he made sure to comply with Crawley to 150 solely to provide away a superb knock when he popped a return catch again to Fawad.
The sluggish left-armer nicked a second when Chris Woakes (40) slashed to cowl, with Dom Bess and Stuart Broad having fun with some late hits earlier than Shaheen bowled the latter. The declaration left Pakistan 13 making an attempt overs and James Anderson cashed in.
He took out each openers – Masood was lbw to at least one that straightened off the pitch and Abid edging to 3rd slip – earlier than the prize scalp of Babar, leg earlier than to the ultimate supply of a outstanding day.