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England declare at 8-589 against Pakistan

Associated Press Associated Press 23/07/2016

Joe Root has hit a career-best 254 with England declaring their first innings at a massive 8-589 against Pakistan on day two of their second Test.

Root batted resolutely for more than 10 hours on an easy paced Old Trafford wicket, hitting 27 fours and facing 406 balls before England declared 30 minutes after tea on Saturday.

He got useful support from Chris Woakes and Jonny Bairstow, who both scored 58 and featured in century stands with Root after England resumed overnight on 4-314.

Top-ranked Test leg-spinner Yasir Shah made an unwelcome double century of his own, finishing with 1-213.

He got little support in the fields with Root dropped on 155 and Bairstow let off on 9.

In an attempt to score quickly after tea, Root departed when he skied a catch to a diving Mohammad Hafeez off left-arm Wahab Riaz (3-106).

Pakistan, who won the first Test by 75 runs at Lord's, were 0-15 after nine overs, still 574 runs behind.

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