Alastair Cook did not look amused with Ben Stokes' antics while he was batting

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The contrast between England's performances in the first and second Tests against Pakistan couldn't be much starker.

Dom Bess didn't get much chance to bowl at the visitors in their first innings, but the 20-year-old impressed with the bat and then took a fine catch off the bowling of Jimmy Anderson on day three.

Any doubts about whether T20 specialist Jos Buttler's style would fit into the Test side also dissipated, with the Lancashire man smashing a quickfire 80 off 101 balls.

Trevor Bayliss must have known that something had to be done in the wake of last week's nine-wicket defeat, though some of his changes were enforced.

Ben Stokes has been suffering from a hamstring problem, which allowed Sam Curran to make his debut.

Just as was the way in the Ashes, however - albeit for slightly different reasons - even when the all-rounder isn't on the pitch, he seems to attract more attention than is warranted.

With Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings at the crease early in England's innings, the former skipper was forced to complain that Stokes was in his field of vision.

The 26-year-old soon realised his mistake and tried to hide behind the sightscreen, drawing even more attention to himself. Take a look:

Cook looked baffled at his team-mate's antics, though fortunately it didn't bother him too much as he added another 36 runs to his tally of 10 at that point.

When will Stokes be back?

Perhaps, as was pointed out on the commentary, this was the product of a "low boredom threshold", so maybe it's best for all concerned that Stokes comes back into the side soon.

"I'm not sure how long he will be out," England captain Joe Root told BBC Test Match Special.

"The medical staff will reassess in the next couple of days. For him to miss out is not great. I'm disappointed for him as a mate as much as anything else.

England v Pakistan: 1st Test - Day Four

"Hopefully it's not too serious and I'm sure he'll be playing for England in the near future."

Of course, Stokes was a huge miss throughout the Ashes and just as he had started to find some rhythm in the side, it's frustrating that he has once again had to sit on the balcony.

Everyone with England should be thoroughly pleased with how this match has gone so far, though, with Pakistan 48-3 at lunch on Sunday.

Who should England drop when Stokes comes back? Have your say in the comments. 

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