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Crawley out for 267 as England power on to 490-5

Filed on August 22, 2020
England's Zak Crawley celebrates scoring 200 runs during the second day of the third cricket Test against Pakistan. - AFP

The 22-year-old Kent batsman became the third-youngest Englishman to reach the milestone.

Zak Crawley scored a majestic double century and shared a record-breaking partnership with Jos Buttler to help England reach a commanding 490-5 at tea on the second day of the third and final test against Pakistan on Saturday.

After making a cautious start in a rain-hit morning session, Crawley converted his maiden Test hundred into a double ton on a batting-friendly pitch in Southampton.

The 22-year-old Kent batsman became the third-youngest Englishman to reach the milestone when he edged his 25th boundary in 331 deliveries.

Crawley, who had only scored three first-class hundreds prior to the Test, went on make 267 before he was stumped by Pakistan wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan to become part-time off-spinner Asad Shafiq's first wicket of the match.

Rain interrupted play twice before Buttler (140 not out) reached his second Test century.

Crawley and Buttler negotiated the second new ball in the morning session and went on to add 359 runs, surpassing England's previous record fifth-wicket stand of 254 shared by Keith Fletcher and Tony Greig against India in 1973.

England were teetering on 127-4 on Friday when Crawley and Buttler came together to launch a counter-attack, helping the hosts reach a commanding 332-4 at the end of day one.

Pakistan's seam attack have struggled to control their line in blustery conditions, with captain Azhar Ali losing two reviews in pursuit of Buttler's wicket.

The visitors need to win the Test to level the series after England won the opening match in Manchester by three wickets, and the rain-hit second game ended in a draw.

The top 10 highest maiden Test hundreds are as follows (score, player, opposition, venue, year):

365 no Garry Sobers WIS v PAK Kingston 1958

311 Bob Simpson AUS v ENG Old Trafford 1964

303 no Karun Nair IND v ENG Chennai 2016

287 Reginald Foster ENG v AUS Sydney 1903

277 Brian Lara WIS v AUS Sydney 1993

274 Zaheer Abbas PAK v ENG Edgbaston 1971

267 Zak Crawley ENG v PAK Southampton 2020

256 Rohan Kanhai WIS v IND Kolkata 1958

255 no Jackie McGlew RSA v NZL Wellington 1953

251 Wally Hammond ENG v AUS Sydney 1928

Highest Test scores by England batsmen (score, player, opposition, venue, year):

364 Len Hutton v AUS The Oval 1938

336 no Wally Hammond v NZL Auckland 1933

333 Graham Gooch v IND Lord's 1990

325 Andrew Sandham v WIS Kingston 1930

310 no John Edrich v NZL Headingley 1965

294 Alastair Cook v IND Edgbaston 2011

287 Reginald Foster v AUS Sydney 1903

285 no Peter May v WIS Edgbaston 1957

278 Denis Compton v PAK Trent Bridge 1954

267 Zak Crawley v PAK Southampton 2020

Highest England partnerships in Test cricket (stand, wicket, players, opposition, venue, year):

411 - 4th wkt Peter May, Colin Cowdrey v WIS Edgbaston 1958

399 - 6th wkt Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow v RSA Cape Town 2016

382 - 2nd wkt Len Hutton, Maurice Leyland v AUS The Oval 1938

370 - 3rd wkt Bill Edrich, Denis Compton v RSA Lord's 1947

369 - 2nd wkt John Edrich, Ken Barrington v NZL Headingley 1969

359 1st wkt Len Hutton, Cyril Washbrook v RSA Johannesburg 1948

359 5th wkt Zak Crawley, Jos Buttler v PAK Southampton 2020

Note: no = not out

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