England fight back with ball and bat


At risk of being played out of the third Test against Pakistan at Edgbaston, England mounted a spirited fight back on day three.

England managed to restrict the Pakistan lead to just 103 runs bowling the tourists out for 400.

Alastair Cook's men then erased the deficit without losing a wicket, as both the skipper and Alex Hales knocked half centuries, taking England to 120 without loss at the close.

Hales will be relieved to finally get a decent score on the board having failed to pass fifty in this series up until now.

Pakistan had resumed in a strong position at 257 for 3, but could only add 143 runs to their overnight score, while losing seven wickets.

Misbah-ul-Haq hit a patient fifty, but the captain's effort, and an unbeaten 46 from wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed were the only scores of note from the visitor's today.

Chris Woakes and Stuart Broad led the bowling attack, on a day when James Anderson was warned off after running on the pitch despite a brace of warnings yesterday. Woakes finished with figures of 3/79 and Broad 3/83.

England are 17 Runs ahead with all ten of their second innings wickets in hand.