Root confident England can skittle Pakistan for third Test win


Joe Root believes there is enough in the day-five pitch at Edgbaston for England to take 10 wickets and clinch a third-Test victory over Pakistan.

Root (62) helped England build on their overnight 120-0 as the hosts reached 414-5 - a second-innings lead of 311 - on Saturday thanks predominantly to an excellent unbeaten partnership between Jonny Bairstow (82) and Moeen Ali (60).

The focus now turns to when captain Alastair Cook will declare and attempt to bowl Pakistan out to take a 2-1 lead in the four-match series.

And Root has faith in England's attack to skittle the tourists despite the track appearing increasingly flat.

He said: "There's still plenty of swing, some spin and a bit of variable bounce.

"There's definitely enough there to take 10 wickets, which is what we're looking for. We want to put them under pressure as soon as we get that new ball in our hands - whenever that is."

On the stand between Bairstow and Moeen, Root added: "The partnership between Jonny and Mo was unbelievable. It was excellent and great to watch.

"The way they applied themselves and went through the gears was a great exhibition of how to set the game up in the third innings.

"If Jonny continues the way he has been playing, we could have a really exceptional player on our hands."

However, Pakistan's assistant coach Mushtaq Ahmed is confident Pakistan can survive, offering a different assessment of the conditions.

"There is swing in some spells but not others. Once a batsman gets in it's a very flat pitch and so easy to bat on," Ahmed said.

"We believe we can bat all day tomorrow [Sunday]."