Pakistan vs England 2nd Test: Preview, Squads, Possible XI
Pakistan v England 2nd Test Match from August 13 to August 17 at Ageas Bowl, Southampton; the game starts at 10:00 AM GMT. England have not won a Test series against Pakistan since 2010. England are without their skipper Ben Stokes, who has returned to New Zealand for family reasons, Zak Crawley likely to come into the side at number three. Fawad Alam could be in playing XI if Pakistan can go with an extra batsman instead of two spinners.
Chris Woakes heroic innings led England to a thrilling three-wicket win of the first Test against Pakistan at Old Trafford in Manchester. Woakes remained unbeaten on 84 while Jos Buttler too played 75-runs crucial knock.
England are without all-rounder Ben Stokes in second test game, who has returned to New Zealand for family reasons, that means Zak Crawley Possibly come into the side. There could be some shuffling of the bowling line-up as well given the schedule and the need to rest and rotate. Mark Wood, who has not played since the first Test of the summer, is a chance to come in for Jofra Archer while James Anderson may be rested too. Sam Curran and the uncapped Ollie Robinson, who was named in the 14-man squad for the second Test, likely to replace Archer if rested in the second test.
Pakistan played with two spinners in the opening game of the series but they have to reconsider the decision if they really want to go with two spinning option or with an extra batsman to support batting line-up, Pakistan team scored well in first inning but their batting collapsed in the second innings of the first test match at Old Trafford, If they take the latter option, Fawad Alam could be in line for a first Test appearance in 11 years. The tourists also have to weigh up changes to their fast-bowling line-up. Sohail Khan took two five-wicket hauls in the warm-up matches ahead of the series and Faheem Ashraf is also in the extended squad and could come into contention. Chances are, however, that they will retain the three quicks who played in Manchester.
Possible XI: Rory Burns, Dom Sibley, Zak Crawley, Joe Root, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Dom Bess, Mark Wood, Stuart Broad, James Anderson
Possible XI: Shan Mahsood, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Naseem Shah
Pakistan Squad: Shan Masood, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali(c), Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Mohammad Rizwan(w), Shadab Khan, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, Fawad Alam, Imam-ul-Haq, Kashif Bhatti, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Sohail Khan
England Squad: Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Joe Root(c), Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler(w), Chris Woakes, Dominic Bess, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Ollie Robinson, Sam Curran, Mark Wood, Zak Crawley
Mohammad Hafeez has been isolated from the Pakistan squad for breaching biosecurity protocols after he posed for a photo with a member of the public, states a Pakistan Cricket Board release. The Pakistan all-rounder had tweeted a photo that was clicked on a golf course, adjacent to the team hotel at the Ageas Bowl on Wednesday. The all-rounder has undertaken a Covid-19 test and the result of the test is expected on Thursday. The all-rounder isn’t a part of Pakistan’s Test squad but is expected to play in the T20I series.