England coach Chris Silverwood lashes out at bowlers for giving ‘momentum back to Pakistan’ in disappointing rain-shortened first Test
- Chris Silverwood feels England bowlers failed to halt Pakistan’s rise on day one
- Pakistan reached tea at Old Trafford on 121 for two after Babar Azam fifty
- His half-century included nine boundaries as England were left highly frustrated
England coach Chris Silverwood was critical of his bowlers after a wayward display allowed Pakistan to close a rain-shortened first day of the first Test in Manchester on 139 for two.
Opener Shan Masood – who averaged just 17 when Pakistan toured England in 2016 – and star batsman Babar Azam took advantage of some insipid fare after lunch, adding 68 at more than four an over as the mood of the day changed completely.
‘We bowled too many four-balls and gave the momentum back to Pakistan,’ said Silverwood. ‘We weren’t on the money. The standards we’ve set ourselves, we just weren’t there, if we’re brutally honest.
Chris Silverwood was critical of his bowlers after Pakistan were allowed toom to dominate
‘The challenge, if it happens again, is how can we wrestle momentum back more quickly? I’d like to see a repeat of how we bowled against West Indies, and make life hard for the batsmen.
‘We know we’re up against some very good batsmen, and if we’re not at the top of our game, they will take it away from us. It’s a timely reminder.’
Meanwhile, Wasim Khan, the chief executive of the Pakistan Cricket Board, has urged England to visit his country before they are due to go there in 2022, as per the ICC’s Future Tours Programme.
PCB chairman Ehsan Mani recently told Sportsmail he was hopeful England would agree to come to Pakistan for the first time since late 2005, and Khan told Sky Sports: ‘We’d love to have them coming over well before 2022 for a shorter tour.
‘It’s something that we’ll speak to the ECB about. But it’s baby steps. There’s a lot of cricket still left to play. But we’re hoping in the near future England will definitely come.’
Asked whether that was a possibility, Silverwood said: ‘I think we are getting there. Personally, I’d have no problem with it.