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Strauss steers England to Second Test victory

Andrew Strauss steered England to a nine wicket victory over Pakistan at Edgbaston to open up a 2-0 lead in the four-Test npower series.

England had been set 118 to win after Stuart Broad took the final Pakistan wicket in the second over of the morning, with the tourists adding just five more runs to their overnight total of 291-9.

Alastair Cook was out for four to give the hosts an early scare, but skipper Strauss and Jonathan Trott both hit unbeaten fifties to ease England to victory with more than a day to spare.

Strauss said: “We were hoping it would be more comfortable than that after we got them five down in their second innings but they fought very hard.

“The wicket died to a certain extent and we had to work exceptionally hard for those final five wickets. There were a few butterflies this morning waking up thinking we’d have an awkward chaser but thankfully we were able to get over the line quite comfortably in the end.”

Pakistan must now win the final two Tests to draw the series. The Third Test gets underway at The Oval on August 18.

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