LONDON: Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq became the oldest player to score a Test century for 82 years as he helped his side recover against England at Lord\u00b4s on Thursday.\r\n\r\nMisbah was 110 not out in a Pakistan total of 282 for six at stumps on the first day of this four-match series.\r\n\r\nThe 42-year-old came to the crease with Pakistan in trouble at 77 for three after he had won the toss.\r\n\r\nBut together with Asad Shafiq (73), Misbah put on 148 for the fifth wicket. England all-rounder Chris Woakes, however, twice took two wickets in quick succession at both ends of the day.\r\n\r\nThe Warwickshire paceman bowled nightwatchman Rahat Ali for a duck off what became Thursday\u00b4s last ball to finish with figures of four for 45 in 18 overs.\r\n\r\nThe 42-year-old Misbah\u00b4s achievement was all the more impressive as this was also his first Test at the \u00b4home of cricket\u00b4.\r\n\r\nNot since England\u00b4s Patsy Hendren made a century against Australia aged 45 at\u00a0 Manchester\u00b4s Old Trafford ground back in 1934 had an older player scored a Test hundred.\r\n\r\nRemarkably, this was also Misbah\u00b4s first Test anywhere in England. It looked as if Misbah was about to celebrate his achievement by prostrating himself on the turf in prayer.\r\n\r\nBut instead he performed a series of press-ups in what appeared to be a joke aimed at critics who questioned whether he is now too old for international cricket.\r\n\r\nThe gesture also a wry reference to the pre-tour \u00b4army-style\u00b4 training camp the squad were put through at the Pakistan Military Academy in the northwestern town of Kakul.\r\n\r\n"A lot of things have been said about my technique and the outside edge, and the\u00a0 celebration... I promised the guys," Misbah told Sky Sports.\r\n\r\n"We had an Army camp and every time we had to get down and do 10 press-ups. "Those in my celebration can\u00b4t count because my arm was bent!"\r\n\r\nOn a more serious note, and turning to the match situation, Misbah said: "We\u00b4re in a good position at the moment. We really want to score another 100 runs to give us a good chance.\r\n\r\nMisbah was dropped on 16 by Joe Root, who grassed a tough slip chance off fast bowler Steven Finn.\r\n\r\nAnd he would have been run out for 58 after a mix-up with Shafiq if Gary Ballance had hit the stumps.\r\n\r\nMisbah was severe on Ali, reverse and conventionally sweeping him for four fours in an over.\r\nAnother reverse sweep off Ali took him to 99.\r\n\r\nA single to third man off Finn saw Misbah to his 10th century in 62 Tests off 154 balls with 17 boundaries.\r\n\r\nAll the pre-match hype had concerned Pakistan paceman Mohammad Amir, making his return to Test cricket at Lord\u00b4s -- the scene of his 2010 spot-fixing crime.\r\n\r\nBut Amir, who served a five-year ban, remained a spectator on Thursday. Pakistan\u00b4s openers got through the new ball ball before first-change Woakes removed them both with a burst of two wickets for five runs in 16 balls.\r\n\r\nShan Masood was caught behind by Jonny Bairstow. Woakes and Bairstow combined again to have Mohammad Hafeez (40) caught off a skyer.\r\n\r\nPakistan were 76 for two shortly after lunch when Azhar Ali was literally knocked off his feet by a yorker from Jake Ball, given a Test debut after the selectors decided against risking England\u00b4s all-time leading wicket-taker James Anderson following a shoulder injury.\r\n\r\nAli reviewed and Nottinghamshire quick Ball had an anxious wait before a tight \u00b4umpire\u00b4s call\u00b4 verdict gave him a first Test wicket.\r\n\r\n"I really enjoyed my wicket," said Ball. "When he reviewed it, I was nervous because it looked like it was sliding down but to see it clipping leg stump was really nice."\r\n\r\nYounis Khan made an elegant 33 before he carelessly chipped Stuart Broad to Ali at square leg.\r\n\r\nBut Shafiq offered excellent support with a 130-ball innings featuring 12 fours. He was out shortly before the close when, trying to withdraw the bat against Woakes with the new ball, he was caught behind.\r\n\r\nWoakes then made it two for none in 11 balls when he removed Ali to round off an intriguing first day.