Pakistan win toss and elect to bat in second Test vs England

Southampton, August 13

Pakistan captain Azhar Ali received the toss and elected to bat in sizzling and muggy situations within the second of three Tests in opposition to England on the Rose Bowl on Thursday.

The vacationers have made one change to their facet, lengthening their batting lineup with the inclusion of Fawad Alam, 34, for spinning all-rounder Shadab Khan.

Alam’s inclusion sees him play his first Test for nearly 11 years, as Azhar confirmed Pakistan would rely extra on tempo than spin of their bowling assault within the Test.

Regarding the toss, he mentioned: “It was a tricky determination. The climate is kind of sizzling and we want to make good use of it and put runs on the board.”

“The pitch has much more grass on it (than the first test) and looks dry underneath. There will be a freshness in the pitch but it will get better in the afternoon.”

England have made two adjustments to their facet, with Zak Crawley coming into the group for all-rounder Ben Stokes, who has opted out of the remainder of the collection for private causes.

Left-arm seamer Sam Curran replaces Jofra Archer.

“We want to lengthen the batting and Sam has done brilliantly for us since he made his debut,” England captain Joe Root mentioned. “It feels like it could swing, it’s quite muggy.”

Curran acquired the nod over quick bowler Mark Wood, who Root indicated may play within the third Test.

“I am more than confident in the group we have, we have depth in more positions now,” he mentioned.

England received the primary check by three wickets final week, their third victory in a row after consecutive wins over West Indies.


England: Dom Sibley, Rory Burns, Joe Root (captain), Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Dom Bess, Sam Curran, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.

Pakistan: Shan Masood, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali (captain), Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Mohammad Rizwan, Fawad Alam, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah. Reuters    

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