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England batsman Jos Buttler firmly believes that his side are capable of pulling off a miraculous come-from-behind win in the first Test against Pakistan at Lord’s.
Buttler and debutant Dominic Bess starred on the third day as they amassed an unbeaten 125-run partnership to hand England a 56-run lead. Buttler concluded the day unbeaten on 66, while Bess remained undefeated on 55.
Prior to their knocks, captain Joe Root frustrated Pakistan with an excellent innings of 68. However, when he was given out lbw off the bowling of Pakistan seamer Mohammad Abbas, England were in serious trouble at 110/6.
With Buttler and Bess having rescued the hosts, Buttler reiterated that England could put Pakistan under immense pressure if they end up building a healthy lead.
“The atmosphere in the ground and in the dressing room was really good at the end of the day,” Buttler was quoted as saying by the BBC. “It’s not going to be easy to chase a target if we set a challenging total.
“Partnerships are crucial and we managed a good one out there. We need to make it as big as we can. It’s a hard wicket to start on, but if you can get through it gets easier. Dom and I managed to do that, which allowed us to push on.”
Bess was selected for the match for his off-spin since his Somerset teammate Jack Leach was ruled out of the series with a broken thumb.
When asked about Bess, Buttler said: “I haven’t seen him bat much but I’ve heard a lot about him from the guys at Somerset. It was a bit like watching Joe Root when he played his back-foot punches and cover drives.”
While Buttler remains optimistic about his side’s chances of pulling off a come-from-behind win, former England captain Michael Vaughan feels that Pakistan are still in the driver’s seat.
“If England get out of this with anything it will be a miracle,” Vaughan told Test Match Special. “It needs Buttler to play a 1981 Botham-esque innings.
“It’s going to be very difficult for England to survive against the second new ball, but at least Buttler and Bess have fought and given everyone a glimmer of [hope on] Sunday.”