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England vs Pakistan: Test matches at Emirates Old Trafford

England vs Pakistan: Test matches at Emirates Old Trafford

Ahead of next year's Test match between England and Pakistan in Manchester, we cast our eye over the previous six meetings between the sides at Emirates Old Trafford


22-27 July 1954

England’s first meeting with Pakistan at Emirates Old Trafford came in 1954.

The meeting was heavily disrupted by rain with no play on the second, fourth or fifth days, and the game was declared a draw, denying England victory from an almost unassailable position.

England put in a strong batting performance, finishing their first innings 359/8 with a top score of 93 from legendary batsman Denis Compton.

The visitors were not so successful, bowled out for 90 in their first innings and 25-4 in 15 overs in their second before the rain saved them, with Lancashire legend Brian Statham going wicketless in his four overs.


4-9 June 1987

This game kicked off a series that would eventually end in a 1-0 win for Pakistan with four of the matches drawn, including the one held at Emirates Old Trafford.

Tim Robinson was the main man for England, hitting 166 runs to help his side on their way to a total score of 447 in 143.4 overs.

Meanwhile Wasim Akram, who would join Lancashire the year after, took four English wickets, as did Mohsin Kamal.

Mansoor Akhtar was the highest scorer for the visitors, as he helped them reach 140/5 after 64 overs but with no play on the final day, the match ended as a draw.

2-7 July 1992

This series ended in the same way as the 1987 one, with Pakistan claiming another 1-0 victory.

It was the visitors who elected to bat first at Emirates Old Trafford, hitting 505-9 in their first innings. Aamer Sohail was the key man, hitting a career-best 205.

Meanwhile for England, Graham Gooch top scored with 78, to help England to a first innings score of 390.

Wasim Akram was in great form again, taking five wickets.

In Pakistan’s second innings, they were on 239-5 before the game was stopped due to rain, finishing as a draw.


31 May-4 June 2001

The fourth meeting between England and Pakistan at Emirates Old Trafford did produce a result, as the visitors came away winners in the 2001 Test match.

That victory did not come without controversy as Nick Knight, Ian Ward, Andrew Caddick and Dominic Cork were all dismissed by no-balls which were missed by umpires David Shepherd and Ed Nichols, aiding the tourists to a 108-run win. 

Despite having three centurions in the game - Michael Vaughan, Graham Thorpe and Marcus Trescothick - England fell short chasing 370 for the win after being 146/0. 


27-29 July 2006

England claimed their first victory over Pakistan at Emirates Old Trafford in 2006, thanks largely to a stellar bowling effort from Steve Harmison and Monty Panesar.

Harmison took matches figures of 11/76 while Panesar weighed in with 8/93 as England claimed an impressive win by an innings and 120 runs.

Alastair Cook scored 127 and Ian Bell 106 as England racked up 461/9d, a total which Pakistan could not beat in two attempts.

After five tests at the home of Lancashire against Pakistan, England claimed their first victory in emphatic style.


22-25 July 2016 

England’s most recent meeting against Pakistan at Emirates Old Trafford ended in another big defeat for the tourists.

Joe Root took centre stage, hitting 320 runs to push his side to a big victory. 254 of those runs came in the first innings, a score which remains his career-best, as England set a score of 589. Alastair Cook also scored a century.

Chris Woakes then put in a strong bowling performance, taking four, as Pakistan were bowled out for 198.

England extended their lead further, hitting 173/1, before declaring and despite posting a better second innings score, 234 all out was not enough. Woakes, James Anderson and Moeen Ali took three each, with Root getting the other one.

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England's 2020 internationals at Emirates Old Trafford have been announced, with Australia visiting in a T20I before Pakistan arrive for a Test match and tickets are now on sale for both games.

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