ENG VS PAK: T20 Champs are ready to Charge on Pakistan
England is set to tour Pakistan for a three-match Test series, starting at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi, on December 1, with the remaining two matches to be played in Multan and Karachi.
The Englishmen will be playing red-ball cricket for the first time on Pakistan soil after 17 years. They last visited Pakistan for a Test series back in 2005, where they were handed a 2-0 defeat. Earlier England had toured Pakistan in September–October to play a seven-match T20I series in preparation for the ICC T20 World Cup. The Moeen Ali-led side bagged the series by winning four matches out of seven. Pakistan announced their 18-member squad for the much-anticipated three-match World Test Championship series against England. Shaheen Shah Afridi and Fawad Alam are the notable absentees from the squad.
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Meanwhile, Pakistan’s former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed has been recalled to the team. However, with Mohammad Rizwan being the first wicket-keeper batting choice, it is yet to be seen if he gets a chance in Pakistan’s starting XI. England, on the other hand, named a 15-member squad for the three-match Test series against Pakistan. Veteran fast bowler Stuart Broad hasn’t been considered for selection as he is on paternity leave. Meanwhile, Will Jacks earned his maiden call-up to the England Test. Jacks and Liam Livingstone are expected to make their Test debut for England in this series. Mark Wood has also been included in the team.
If Pakistan wins the series 2-0 they will jump to second from fifth in the World Test Championship, with a series at home against New Zealand left to play. The top two of the nine teams will contest the final year. England are seventh and out of contention for the final. Pakistan may prepare a more result-oriented pitch at the Rawalpindi stadium after it produced 1,187 runs the loss of just 14 wickets in a time draw against Australia earlier this year.
We can expect playing XI of ENG and PAK as follows :
Pakistan Squad: Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shan Masood, Saud Shakeel, Salman Agha, Naseem Shah, Nauman Ali, Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, Faheem Ashraf, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Abrar Ahmed, Zahid Mahmood, Mohammad Nawaz, Azhar Ali, Mohammad Ali.
England Squad: Ben Stokes (c), James Anderson, Harry Brook, Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Ben Foakes, Will Jacks, Keaton Jennings, Jack Leach, Liam Livingstone, Jamie Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Joe Root, Mark Wood