England, weather continue to frustrate Pakistan in third Test

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England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler completed his century on the second day of the third Test against Pakistan on Southampton.

The home side were 373-4 at lunch with Zak Crawley and Jos Buttler unbeaten at 186 and 113 respectively.

The duo have already put on a partnership of 246 runs for the fifth wicket and needed just nine more to record the highest fifth-wicket partnership for the Three Lions in the history of Test cricket.

Earlier, the morning session was interrupted twice due to rain.

Day One

England are in a commanding position in the third Test against Pakistan after stunning batting performances from Zak Crawley and Jos Buttler.

The Lions were 332-4 when stumps were drawn as the duo put on an unbeaten 205-run partnership for the fifth wicket.

Crawley finished the day with an outstanding unbeaten 171 whereas Buttler continued his good form and is not out at 87.

For Pakistan, leg-spinner Yasir Shah was the pick of the bowlers as he claimed two wickets whereas young pacers Naseem Shah and Shaheen Shah Afridi claimed a wicket each.

Earlier, England captain Joe Root won the toss and decided to bat first on Friday.

England are currently leading the series after securing a three-wicket victory in Manchester last week whereas the second Test ended in a draw after persistent rain and poor weather.

Pakistan cricket team are eager to produce a positive result as they look to preserve their 10-year unbeaten series streak in the five-day format against the Three Lions.