David Lloyd explains England's fundamental problem after latest batting collapse v Pakistan

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It's been a case of a new era, but same old England at Lord's so far.

Pakistan took just 58.2 overs to bowl out the hosts for 184, with only Alastair Cook surpassing 50.

There were high hopes for the new middle order of Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, and Jos Buttler, yet they ultimately managed just 79 between them.

Optimism surrounding Joe Root batting at three was quickly dashed too, with the skipper making a grand total of four before being dismissed by Hasan Ali.

Mickey Arthur's men are subsequently in control on day two thanks to their ferocious bowling attack and the composure of opener Azhar Ali with the bat, who chipped in with a half-century before lunch.

It's not simply Pakistan's brilliance that has been the undoing of England, however, as their collapse looked all too familiar in the wake of their disastrous winter.

Pundit and former all-rounder David Lloyd has been analysing their latest poor showing and thinks that there is a fundamental problem with how England's batsmen cope with any movement, regardless of whether Root perhaps should have bowled first looking at that pitch.

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"Another Test match, another England batting collapse," Lloyd writes on Sky Sports.

"The team are just unable to cope with a hint of movement at the moment.

"Everybody was saying England will be fine, back at home where they've got a great record, but they're technically flawed against the moving ball.

"Having been in New Zealand and witnessed first-hand that 58 all out at Auckland, I saw exactly the same here today - pitch it up, and we just nick it. Look at a pitch map of the dismissals and they're all in the same area."

England will retain some hope because of their opponents' inexperience, which was revealed so clearly in their recent Test against Ireland where they nearly came unstuck.

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The one player Lloyd has made an exception for is Cook, who top-scored before eventually being clean bowled by Mohammad Amir.

"It's all far too loose from the England batsmen," Lloyd added.

"In fact, look at the captain's dismissal - Root did well to reach it, never mind nick it! They need to tighten up, concentrate. You can't just keep saying 'oh, that's the way we play'.

"Alastair Cook was the one batsman who did just that, showing his usual concentration. But I also want to know who has he been working with because his approach was notably different?

"He got well forward to the ball, which is not his game, so he has obviously thought 'everybody pitches it up to me now, and I need to do something different'."

It's going to be an uphill struggle for Root and co. to salvage this Test, and the last thing they need is to get the summer underway on another negative note.

What do you think has been England's biggest problem in the last year? Have your say in the comments. 

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