Pakistan missed the chance of going one up in the three match test series against England. They were going smoothly till Chris Woakes and Jos Buttler joined hands and turned the tables for Pakistan. At the end of the day it was England who went one up in the series with a three-wicket victory in the opening Test at Old Trafford in Manchester.
Though this loss has shattered the confidence of Pakistani team and especially Azhar Ali but still all is not lost for him. The second Test will start at Rose Bowl, Southampton on Thursday, August 13th. England had recently tasted a defeat at Rose Bowl from the hands of West Indies but is a plus for Pakistan and also their key player Ben Stokes won’t be playing the match as well as the whole series due to some personal reasons. It is also an advantage for the visiting side.
English Team has to make a forced change as Stokes has flown to New Zealand to see his family. Zack Crawley is most likely to replace him. Rory Burns and Dominic Sibley did not have impressive show last time. Both of them need to improve greatly. Root must also think about the fate of Jos Buttler who played well in the 2nd inning but behind the wicket with gloves he was unable to perform well. James Anderson had not a great outing in the 1st Test as well. He might be rested and Sam Curran might get a chance to show his skills. The bowling department will heavily rely on Stuart Broad now who has had an impressive show of late.
For Pakistan, Abid Ali was not in good touch as he showed us in the home test series against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Azhar Ali is having a nightmare in his batting as well as captaincy which is the massive concern for Misbah. Shaan Masood was impressive on the first test but Asad Shafiq has to come out of shell as he was not that impressive in the 1st test. Plus, back home he is being criticized that after playing so many Test matches, he is still not taking up the responsibility on his shoulders. All the burden of batting will be on Babar Azam and Shaan Masood’s shoulders. Babar Azam requires 64 more runs to complete 4,000 first-class runs. In the bowling department we are not expecting any changes as all the bowlers were impressive in the 1st Test match.
Pakistan and England have played 84 Test matches so far, England won 26 and Pakistan has grabbed victory in 21 matches. 37 Test matches has no result.