ENGLAND VS. PAKISTAN THIRD TEST AT SOUTHAMPTON
     

Congratulations to England on winning their second Test series of the summer, and thanks to Pakistan for touring during the pandemic.

Below are some highlights of the Third Test.

  • Zak Crawley became the fourteenth youngest England cricketer to register a Test century.
  • Crawley's 267 is the seventh highest maiden Test century by any player. The highest is the unbeaten 365 by Garfield Sobers for West Indies against Pakistan at Kingston, Jamaica in 1958. The only higher score by an England batsman registering a maiden Test century is 287 by Reg "Tip" Foster in 1903-04 at Sydney against Australia.
  • Crawley's innings is the second-highest by an England number 3, behind only Wally Hammond's unbeaten 336 against New Zealand at Auckland in 1932-33. Crawley's innings is also the sixth-longest in minutes (541) by an England number 3.
  • The partnership of 359 between Crawley and Jos Buttler is England's highest for the fifth wicket against all opposition. The previous best was 254 between Keith Fletcher and Tony Greig against India at Bombay in 1972-73.
  • The said partnership is the ninth over 350 for England against all opposition in their Test history, and their joint sixth-highest. The last such occasion was 399 by Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow against South Africa at Cape Town in 2015/16.
  • The partnership is also England's highest for any wicket against Pakistan. The previous best was 332 for the eighth wicket by Jonathan Trott and Stuart Broad at Lord's in 2010.
  • The Crawley and Buttler partnership is considerably the highest at Southampton, surpassing the 158 between Alastair Cook and Gary Ballance against India in 2014.
  • Buttler's 152 is the highest score by a wicket-keeper against Pakistan, overtaking Alan Knott's 116 at Birmingham in 1971. It is also the fourth-highest score by an England wicket-keeper against all opposition.
  • Buttler's innings is also the longest in terms of time (447 minutes) by an England wicket-keeper overtaking Alec Stewart's 418-minute vigil against South Africa at Old Trafford in 1998.
  • Fawad Alam's maiden Test wicket, 3920 days after his Test debut, is the fifth-longest in Test cricket. Zaheer Abbas (5089), Cyril Washbrook (4968), Murray Chapple (4733) and Hemu Adhikari (4091) took longer and Alam just pipped Brendon McCullum (3908) to fifth place.
  • England's 583 for 8 is their third-highest total against Pakistan, and their second-highest in England against Pakistan.
  • Azhar Ali's 17th Test century saw him become the fifth Pakistani batsman to score 6000 Test runs.
  • Azhar's unbeaten 141 is the highest score at Southampton by a visiting captain overtaking Kumar Sangakkara's 119 for Sri Lanka in 2011.
  • The partnership of 138 between Ali and Mohammad Rizwan is the highest for the sixth wicket for Pakistan against England in England.
  • James Anderson became the fourth bowler, but first fast bowler, to take 600 Test wickets. Anderson's feat comes in his 156th Test. Anderson also holds the most instances of five wickets in an innings(29) for England.