Pakistan vs England: After 17 years, England is going to Pakistan for a 3-match Test series, and the first match will be played at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium on 1st December 2022. With a settled batting line-up and a strong spin attack, Babar Azam led side is fully confident for the series. How England copes with the challenge in one of the best hunting grounds in Pakistan is exciting to watch.
Match: Pakistan vs England, Test 1 of 3
Date: 1st December 2022
Time: 10:30 AM IST
Venue: Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium.
Pitch Condition: The first Test match will be played at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium. The pitch here supports batsmen. Batting conditions will be the best on Days 1 and 2. Batsmen can score easily after the first session. Fast bowlers can see movement in the morning. Once the ball gets old, spinners can take advantage of it, because the dry surface will allow them to grip the ball and turn it sharply. 375 runs will be the first innings score. The side winning the toss may bat first.
Pakistan vs England – The Squad
Pakistan: Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (vc & wk), Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Abdullah Shafique, Abrar Ahmed, Faheem Ashraf, Azhar Ali, Haris Rauf, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Naseem Shah, Salman Ali Agha, Nauman Ali, Saud Shakeel, Shan Masood, Zahid Mahmood.
England: Ben Stokes (c), Harry Brook, Joe Root, Ollie Pope, Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Liam Livingstone, Ben Foakes, Will Jacks, Keaton Jennings, Jack Leach, James Anderson, Jamie Overton, Mark Wood, Ollie Robinson, Rehan Ahmed.
Pakistan vs England – Team Performance in the Past Matches
England cricket team has arrived in Pakistan after 17 years for a Test series and they will play the first match on Sunday at Rawalpindi. Earlier, England had played a t-match T20 series in Pakistan prior to the T20 World Cup and they won the series 4-3. Also, England beat Pakistan in the T20 World Cup final.
Even though, England lost the last series against West Indies. Pakistan also lost the last home series against Australia. For over 2 years, England has struggled in away tours. They never had a victory away from home in the last 10 games. The lack of a world-class spinner is their problem now.
On the other hand, Pakistan is settled with a batting lineup and a strong spin attack. The openers Abdullah Shafique and Imam-ul-Haq know how to cue the conditions well. Middle orders Babar Azam and Azhar Ali were in good form. Mohammad Wasim and Naseem Shah may make good use of the new ball. But they are playing without their key fast bowler Shaheen Afridi.
Ben Stokes’ team is expecting a good show from the players, with Zak Crawley and Keaton Jennings opening the game. the pair shall need to set up a good total in the beginning. An experienced middle order of Ollie Pope, Joe Root, and Ben Stokes may add runs. England also had injury concerns about their fast bowler Mark Wood. Stuart Broad is on his paternity leave now. England will now use their experienced fast bowler James Anderson to trouble the opponents.
Pakistan vs England – Face to Face
England and Pakistan faced each other in 85 Test matches. Out of these 85 matches, England has won 25 times whereas Pakistan has come out victorious on 21 occasions. 39 matches ended with a draw.
Here our experts at FCL are giving a prediction for the coming match. Hope you could find it helpful by any means.
Wicket-Keeper: Ben Foakes, Mohammad Rizwan.
Batsmen: Joe Root, Ollie Pope, Ben Duckett, Babar Azam, Azhar Ali.
All-Rounders: Ben Stokes.
Bowlers: James Anderson, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah.
Captain: Joe Root.
Vice-Captain: Babar Azam.
Wicket-Keeper: Mohammad Rizwan.
Batsmen: Joe Root, Zak Crawley, Babar Azam, Abdullah Shafique.
All-Rounders: Ben Stokes, Mohammad Nawaz.
Bowlers: Jack leach, James Anderson, Nauman Ali, Naseem Shah.
Captain: Ben Stokes.
Vice-Captain: Mohammad Rizwan.
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