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Resilient England hits back in style

England won its first Test match since September as it thrashed Pakistan by an innings and 55 runs in the second Test at Headingley on Sunday.

Victory, completed inside three days, saw England level the two-match series at 1-1 after Pakistan won the first Test at Lord’s.

Ending a long wait

It was also England’s first victory in a Test match since it beat the West Indies last year, with the side having endured a winless run of six defeats in eight Tests coming into this fixture.

By sharing the spoils in this short campaign, England avoided a third successive series loss after reverses in Australia and New Zealand.

Buttler revels

Jos Buttler’s blistering 80 not out on Sunday saw England to a total of 363 and commanding first-innings lead of 189. Pakistan then collapsed to 134, losing its last seven wickets for just 50 runs.

Stuart Broad took three for 28 and off-spinner Dominic Bess grabbed his first Test wickets in a return of three for 33.

“It’s been an enjoyable week, really pleasing to show a lot of character after the disappointment at Lord’s,” said England captain Joe Root.