Printed: August 4, 2020 6:53:42 pm
After beating West Indies 2-1 within the first Check sequence for the reason that pandemic hit the world, England now tackle Pakistan in three Exams and three T20Is sequence that begins on August 5 in Manchester. Performed behind closed doorways with no spectators, right here’s what we’ll be looking forward to on this sequence:
Babar Azam and Azhar Ali’s batting mettle
Having witnessed England’s James Anderson and Stuart Broad’s medical performances in opposition to Windies, the Pakistan facet might be pinning its hopes on Babar Azam’s batting. The 23-year-old has performed just one Check in opposition to England the place he scored an unbeaten 68 at Lord’s in 2018. Regardless of Azam retiring harm within the first inning, and being unavailable within the second inning, Pakistan had gained the match by 9 wickets.
Quite a bit will even be anticipated of skipper Azhar Ali, who received to 120 earlier than retiring harm throughout the first warm-up recreation. The captain has performed quite a lot of county cricket and 14 Exams in opposition to England. In 27 innings he has 799 runs at a mean of 31.96. The appropriate-hander has additionally two tons beneath his belt, together with a 157-run knock throughout the third Check in Dubai in 2012.
Joe Root and Ben Stokes’ resilience
All eyes might be on Ben Stokes, who was the highest scorer within the final sequence with 363 runs, at a mean of astounding 90.75. Nonetheless, so much will even be anticipated from skipper Joe Root, who has a powerful report in opposition to Pakistan.
Within the 17 innings of the 9 Exams he has performed in opposition to Pakistan, Root has scored 254 runs at a mean of over 61. Batsmen like Rory Burns and Dominic Sibley even have spectacular averages of 46.80 and 45.20 respectively.
Pakistan’s bowling present
Pakistan’s crop of younger bowlers is being educated beneath the legendary Waqar Younis, who’s among the many most skilled at bowling in English circumstances. Younis’ expertise might be important in guiding the tempo assault that features Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammed Abbas and Wahab Riaz.
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— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) August 2, 2020
Abbas, an artist with a Dukes ball, had destroyed England at Lord’s in 2018 with eight wickets. Afridi may be deadly in opposition to England’s batting line up. He has performed simply eight Exams however can wreak havoc given some very efficient wrist management whereas bowling.
James Anderson’s 600-wicket milestone
With veteran James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes to select from, England gained’t discover it straightforward to only choose 4.
Broad picked a 10-fer within the remaining Check in opposition to Windies and scored his greatest with the bat since 2013. Chris Woakes took 19 wickets in his final Four Exams and bagged a 5-fer within the final innings in opposition to Windies. A younger Jofra Archer might be eager to reclaim his stardom with extra wickets.
After which there’s Anderson, who’s simply 11 wickets away from the 600 Check wicket mark.
Face to face
England and Pakistan are all set to face one another of their 26th Check sequence. Pakistan has gained eight out of 25 sequence, whereas England has gained 9. Eight sequence resulted in a draw. Pakistan have managed to stage the final two sequence in England (2-2 in 2016 and 1-1 in 2018).
Pakistan: Azhar Ali (captain), Babar Azam (vice-captain), Abid Ali, Asad Shafiq, Fawad Alam, Imam-ul-Haq, Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Rizwan, Naseem Shah, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Shan Masood, Sohail Khan and Yasir Shah.
England: Joe Root (captain), James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Sam Curran, Ollie Pope, Dom Sibley, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Mark Wooden. Reserve gamers: James Bracey, Ben Foakes, Jack Leach, Dan Lawrence
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