Date & Time: Wednesday, August 05, 15:30 IST
Venue: Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester, England
Different sides in different formats might be the trend to continue in this epidemic to get some cricket on the field in a short time period. In a very way forward, England kickstarts the 3-match Test series against Pakistan just a day after the ODI series against Ireland. After a week’s time break, the Test side has another challenge in front in the form of Pakistan. The hosts may not have started things well in the longer format in the home season but cane back in style against Windies. But if the host’s fumble early again in the series getting back might not be easy against Pakistan which has much-needed depth, unlike Windies. Although the theme of the series will be on the same cards as the earlier series against Windies where the performance of batsman gonna decide the fate of the respective sides as both Pakistan and England equipped with quality bowlers.
Rory Burns, Dom Sibley, Zak Crawley, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Jofra Archer/Mark Wood
Shan Mahsood, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam,Asad Shafiq, Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Naseem Shah
It is one of the fastest surfaces in England which is known good for batting in the first 2-3 days of the match. As days go by the surface expected to play tricks with uneven bounce and spin will be a big factor in the second innings.
He just can’t do any wrong with the form he is in at the moment. He couldn’t contribute much in the final test against Windies with a niggle but we hope he is fit enough to bowl now. His all-round ability will be key not for England but all the fantasy players. He is the got captaincy pick whether it’s SL or GL category.
He is the spearhead of Pakistan bowling attack especially in English conditions his style of bowling is the order of the day. He played a key role in the drawn series back in 2018. Now it will be no different either, he is a must-have in GL & SL team in this match.
England captain has found some form late in the Windies tour which is some sort of a bad thing for Pakistan for sure as he due off a big knock. He has a great record against Pakistan with a PPM of 127 in the last 6 matches played.
He is the most experienced Pakistan batsman alongside Asad Shafiq. He had scored some vital runs for his team in the last two tours to England. Now there is more responsibility for him to bring all that experience being the captain of Pakistan. He is a good choice to try out as a Captain in the grand league.
He didn’t have great success in SENA countries compared with his record in the subcontinent. But in Manchester, he might be the triumph card for Pakistan where spin will have a big role to play.