Zak Crawley and Ollie Pope added 72 in 11 overs for the second wicket

England v England Lions, Abu Dhabi (day one of three)
England 501-7 (79 overs): Pope 146, Crawley 96; Lawrence 2-57
England Lions: Yet to bat

Pace bowler Jofra Archer made his first appearance for 16 months as he lined up for England Lions against England in a tour match in Abu Dhabi.

Archer has not played for England since March 2021 because of elbow surgery and then a stress fracture of the back.


He took 0-38 from nine overs on day one of the three-day game.

and had not played any competitive cricket since July 2021.

Ollie Pope made 146 from 120 balls and Zak Crawley 96 off 89 as England amassed 501-7 at the Tolerance Oval.

They start a three-Test series in Pakistan on 1 December.

Pope, standing in as captain for the game in Ben Stokes’ absence, helped England score at more than six an over.

Will Jacks, who could make his Test debut against Pakistan, smashed 84 from 48 balls from number eight.

Liam Livingstone – part of England’s T20 World Cup-winning side this month – hit 36 from 23 balls in his first red-ball match since September 2020, while Ben Foakes finished 48 not out.

Former captain Joe Root was dismissed for nine by Sussex off-spinner Jack Carson.

Dan Lawrence took 2-57 for the Lions, but Leicestershire leg-spinner Rehan Ahmed conceded 73 from eight overs, while Matthew Fisher, who made his Test debut this summer, went for 77 from 11.

Archer, whose workload is being monitored by the England management, is bowling a limited number of overs in the game.