By Tamara Prenn
Hello and welcome to Telegraph Sport’s live coverage of day two of the first Test between England and Pakistan, starting at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium at 4.53am UK time.
Zak Crawley, who hit the all-time fastest Test hundred by an England opener on a historic day for English Test cricket, was still in a daze as he shared his thoughts after the dust settled on day one’s 506 for four in total.
“No, I’ve never seen a day like that,” said the 24-year-old.
“I think this is the record on the first day of a test, so it was incredible. Ducky [Ben Duckett] hit fantastic and so did the other two boys.
“Hopefully we can go again tomorrow, get a big one and get a thousand – I’m kidding.”
Joking perhaps, but with confident, free-running Bazball the order of the day as England kick off their series in Pakistan, the mood is high in the England camp.
Crawley stressed the importance of the standout result, with four batters picking up a ton, on how Test cricket is viewed in England as more and more fans turn their backs on the format.
“We were just looking to score and always be positive and have a good attitude on the pitch and that’s the most important thing Baz has done. [Brendon McCullum] and Stokesy [Ben Stokes] brought in,” said Crawley.
“So that’s what we’re trying to do, entertain the crowd more than win.
“Winning is great, but part of our aim is to make people want to watch Test cricket and hopefully that will happen.”
Duckett, one of the centurions of the day to achieve his first-ever Test hundred at Rawalpindi, was one of the players who struggled with an illness that had led to match postponement almost 24 hours before the start of the first Test.
He agreed that the group’s contagious spirit and attitude meant it would have “cost a lot” not to play on opening day yesterday, despite energy levels not being “the highest”.
“Stokesy said, ‘Let’s go out and attack them’.”