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After victory in the first test, the Pakistan cricket team got a lot of confidence and the England cricket team decided to become more conscious and that’s why they are making different plans. Now England’s eyes on Adil Usman Rashid who is a brilliant cricketer so far from youngsters in England cricket team.
If leg spinner is much or more important then other bowling attacks in England then Adil Usman Rashid will be included in England’s playing XI. After the historic performance of Yasir Shah (Legbreak googly) and the team captain Misbah-ul-Haq 1st innings century (114 runs), Pakistan team feel much stronger and after the victory in the first test, Pakistan team become much popular in the news in these days.
Hopes from Mohammad Amir had not been completed after his normal performance but according to Pakistani fielding coach now in the second test at Manchester, Pakistani team bowling attack will be more dangerous than then Lord’s.
No overt hints from Misbah as to the make-up of his XI, but there seems little reason for Pakistan to change a winning formula. Their batsmen produced enough runs over the course of two innings – and will be better acquainted with the conditions having done so – while the trio of left-arm seamers all came good on the final day to take the pressure off Yasir. There was a minor scare in the build-up to the match when Yasir was struck on the left shoulder in the nets, but he’s good to go.
A good pitch is in prospect, expected to have typical Old Trafford qualities – bounce which helps both pace and spinners, plus increasing turn as the match progresses. The outfield is patchy due to recent concerts (Beyoncé and Rihanna, no less…) which may play a role in scuffing up the ball for reverse swing. There’s a chance of a few showers on the first day, but in general, the forecast is good.
After the failings of the batsmen at Lord’s, it is the bowlers who pay the price, with both Jake Ball and Steven Finn chopped from the 14-man squad on the eve of the game, to ensure the prompt returns of Anderson and Stokes. The whittling implies it could be a straight shootout between Moeen and Rashid for the spin-bowling slot, in which case Bairstow would slide back down to No. 7 to accommodate Stokes in his favoured No. 6 position.
But, given the surfeit of genuine allrounders in England’s squad, there is a strong case to experiment with two spinners in a six-man attack. Chris Woakes was one of England’s most solid batsmen at Lord’s and is arguably wasted as low as No. 9.
England won the toss and elected to bat
Mohammad Hafeez, Shan Masood, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq*, Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed†, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Rahat Ali, Yasir Shah.
AN Cook*, AD Hales, JE Root, JM Vince, GS Ballance, BA Stokes, JM Bairstow†, MM Ali, CR Woakes, SCJ Broad, JM Anderson.
Watch Online Pakistan tour of England and Ireland 2016 2nd Investec Test Day 1 Highlights Today Between Eng v Pak at Manchester, Friday, July 22nd, 2016.
Match Timings: 11:00 local time (10:00 GMT)
Test no. 2208 | 2016 season
Played at Old Trafford, Manchester
22,23,24,25,26 July 2016 (5-day match)
Umpires – HDPK Dharmasena and RJ Tucker
TV umpire – JS Wilson
Match referee – RB Richardson
Reserve umpire – NA Mallender