Misbah-ul-Haq became the oldest Test captain to score a century .

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Misbah-ul-Haq is undoubtedly Pakistan's man-of-the-moment.

England didn't know quite what to expect when Pakistan arrived at Lords for the first Test. After cruising all summer against Sri Lanka, Trevor Bayliss' men knew that their latest visitors would put up a very different challenge.

Bayliss will have prepped them to expect the unexpected, but they certainly won't have seen Misbah coming.


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Not only did the 42-year-old become the oldest batsman to score a century at Lords in 90 years, he also smashed the record of the oldest Test captain to notch up a ton, reaching an unbeaten 110 on day one.

With all that in mind, Misbah deserved to celebrate in style, and that he did.

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The celebration may seem irrelevant, but in many ways, it paid a fitting tribute to the Pakistan skipper's relentless hard work and age-defying fitness.

The visitors had got off to a tricky start, posting 77-3 after wickets from Chris Woakes and debutant Jacob Ball.

Misbah leads

It was Misbah who steadied the ship, once again leading from the front after winning the toss and opting to bat first.

Pakistan's blend of youth and experience makes them a potent threat, and one that England will not find easy to tackle.

England v Pakistan: 1st Investec Test - Day One

Misbah embodies all that is good about this Pakistan team. In a sense, he is a batsman of a bygone era, one of only two of the current team to have played a Test match in their homeland, with security concerns having forced them elsewhere in recent years.

England finished strongly on day one, but they will need to remove Pakistan's main maestro soon if the hosts are to have a chance of chasing them down.

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