Published: Tue, August 11, 2020
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England win first Test against Pakistan by three wickets

England win first Test against Pakistan by three wickets

England all-rounder Ben Stokes will miss the remainder of the Test series against Pakistan for family reasons, it has been announced. He is set to travel to New Zealand, where his parents live, next week and will not be available for the two behind-closed-doors Tests in Southampton.

Chris Woakes hit an unbeaten 84 as England registered an unlikely victory over Pakistan by three wickets in the first Test. It is worth mentioning that England's recent record has seen them losing the first match of a Test series on multiple occasions. Stokes is to leave the United Kingdom for New Zealand later in the week and will miss the Tests at the Ageas Bowl, the European Central Bank announced on Sunday (August 9), taking no further part in England's Test-match summer.

Stokes' father Ged was hospitalised in South Africa past year during England's tour.

Stokes will leave the United Kingdom later this week miss the two Test matches against Pakistan at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton starting on August 13 and August 21. He had also led England in the first Test of that series as Joe Root was absent due to the birth of his second child.

This was a remarkable achievement as only for the third time a team chased more than 200 to win in the fourth innings of a Test at Old Trafford, with England making 294-4 against New Zealand in 2008 and 231-3 against the West Indies at the Manchester ground in 2004.

He later posted a picture of his father leaving hospital after 37 days and three operations praising him as "strong and stubborn".

The second Test will begin on Thursday at the Ageas Bowl, with Sussex bowler Ollie Robinson linking up with the side.

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