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1st Test at Lords - PAKISTAN TOUR OF ENGLAND

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Pakistan face England at Lord’s 

 
196649_9309106_updates.jpg Lord´s, London, May 23, 2018: England´s Joe Root and Pakistan´s Sarfraz Ahmed pose with England vs Pakistan Test series trophy. Photo: Action Images via Reuters

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The teams were jostling for the No. 1 Test ranking. Now they are battling mid-table mediocrity. Alastair Cook and Misbah-ul-Haq were the captains. Now it's Joe Root and Sarfraz Ahmed. Younis Khan was jumping around the crease (and scoring a double century). Now Pakistan are trying to build a new middle order.

It's been less than two years since England and Pakistan last met for a Test series and much has changed. The latest series, which starts at Lord's before continuing to Headingley, is a meeting of teams in various states of flux. England are still trying to find solutions to a number of familiar problem areas while Pakistan have lost three of their five series since taking the No. 1 spot shortly after the 2016 contest concluded with their series-levelling victory at The Oval.

Pakistan are missing three men who were vital to that 2-2 scoreline - Misbah, Younis and the injured Yasir Shah - and another, Wahab Riaz, who could have added experience if not always direction with the ball. Their batting looks on the callow side and they almost came a cropper against Ireland, with much resting on Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq finding their touch quickly in a short series.

With the ball, however, they will, as so often, remain a threat. Quite how much Test cricket Mohammad Amir will play remains to be seen but he bowled beautifully in Ireland and if his team-mates can catch he could run through a line-up. Mohammad Abbas will be a handful if there is any nibble on offer while Shadab Khan has immense promise and also the advantage of being new to England.

For England there are subplots aplenty at the beginning of a second season in charge for Root. His own position (in the batting order, not the captaincy) is one talking point - can he settle at No. 3? - which is part of a larger reshuffle of the order. Will the punt on Jos Buttler at No. 7 pay dividends or just muddy the water more? Can Dom Bess take the most of an unexpected chance? Is Mark Stoneman facing his last chance? Can Alastair Cook go again as a Test batsman? Is there life beyond James Anderson and Stuart Broad?

That's a lot of questions. Of late, England's Test side haven't provided a whole lot of new answers. This season needs to change that.

 

Team news

England's one decision is between Chris Woakes and Mark Wood for the final pace-bowling slot. Wood was recalled in Christchurch at the end of March and provides extra pace. Woakes provides more with the bat. There will be a debut for 20-year-old offspinner Dom Bess.

 

Pakistan 1 Azhar Ali, 2 Imam-ul-Haq, 3 Haris Sohail, 4 Asad Shafiq, 5 Babar Azam, 6 Sarfraz Ahmed (capt & wk), 7 Shadab Khan, 8 Faheem Ashraf, 9 Mohammad Amir, 10 Rahat Ali/Hasan Ali, 11 Mohammad Abbas

 

England 1 Alastair Cook, 2 Mark Stoneman, 3 Joe Root (capt), 4 Dawid Malan, 5 Jonny Bairstow (wk), 6 Ben Stokes, 7 Jos Buttler, 8 Mark Wood/Chris Woakes, 9 Dom Bess, 10 Stuart Broad, 11 James Anderson

 

http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/23581673/england-pakistan-looking-forge-new-test-identity-mid-table-battle

 

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Its overcast...Eng should have bowled first. Pak wouldn't have scored 150 here

 

Edit - Cricinfo agrees with me too

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10.55am Azhar: "Strangest decision by Root to bat first! Bowling conditions are great and Pakistan's brittle batting line-up!!!" Appearances can be deceptive at Lord's, but yes, I would have backed Anderson to do damage this morning.

 

Edited by Austin 3:!6

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Feel like england are playing in UAE, they are so nerves. :cantstop: Never seen england are fear of fast bowling this much on their home soil. We dominated the game so far.

 

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1 minute ago, Iconoclast said:

Not having Yasir will hurt Pakistan. He won the match last time here and again this pitch is dry underneath some grass and will be good for spin.

Don't worry Shadab will do for us. Yasir is now obsolete and he bowled poorly in last few series.

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1st day of test match and Amir has already started trundling. Test matches too tiring for the ATG spot fixer. 


He’s heart is not in Test cricket. Should not have been selected.

Bowls a lot quicker in the shorter format.

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55 minutes ago, Mosher said:

 Bumrah is a lot quicker than that. 

Hahaha In your dreams :cantstop:. Moreover when bumrah is bowling we all know how fast bowl goes to the boundary line when it hits the bat :cantstop:. useless IPL performances does not count to international cricket :cantstop:

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4 minutes ago, LORD_analyst said:

proper test match trundler...only bowls quick in t20's for 4 overs...

Players have off days :cantstop: Same theory then apply to your buveneshvar the fast spinner who can bowl in shorter formats only.:cantstop:

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3 minutes ago, Lala said:

Hahaha In your dreams :cantstop:. Moreover when bumrah is bowling we all know how fast bowl goes to the boundary line when it hits the bat :cantstop:. useless IPL performances does not count to international cricket :cantstop:

chewtiye bumrah was 2nd highest wicket taker in tests in saf.....madrassa chaap

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Just now, Lala said:

Players have off days :cantstop: Same theory then apply to your buveneshvar the fast spinner who can bowl in shorter formats only.:cantstop:

has sr 0f 90....worst for any fast bowler in 2017..hahah  *off days* for whole 1 year.....lmao  that's why Pakistani get made fun of coz of their delusional thinking.

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Indian posters should appreciate our performance rather trolling. We did really well so far for in an alien conditions. Imagine what if Indian phasst bowlers bowled in first couple of hours :cantstop: could have been 100/0. Anyway we will never laugh at you in your coming series vs England, because there is no point to laugh at underdogs rather encouraging them. :cantstop:

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1 minute ago, Lala said:

Indian posters should appreciate our performance rather trolling. We did really well so far for in an alien conditions. Imagine what if Indian phasst bowlers bowled in first couple of hours :cantstop: could have been 100/0. Anyway we will never laugh at you in your coming series vs England, because there is no point to laugh at underdogs rather encouraging them. :cantstop:

yup appreciate hassan ali and abbas bowling.....but clearly exposes amir superstar status.

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5 minutes ago, LORD_analyst said:

has sr 0f 90....worst for any fast bowler in 2017..hahah  *off days* for whole 1 year.....lmao  that's why Pakistani get made fun of coz of their delusional thinking.

Abey chewt*** You need to understand we are bowling power house. You are batting power house. We never come to compare our batsmen with your batsmen even though couple of our batsmen in the rankings. Same way you should not compare your mediocre bowlers with our talent. NEVER :nono: BTW one away performance against a depleted side does not count at all. :cantstop:

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20 minutes ago, Lala said:

Hahaha In your dreams :cantstop:. Moreover when bumrah is bowling we all know how fast bowl goes to the boundary line when it hits the bat :cantstop:. useless IPL performances does not count to international cricket :cantstop:

Bumrah's quickest in India SA tests was 148k's and was consistently around 142-143k's. Keep trolling.

 

 

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1 hour ago, Lala said:

Your no ball bumrah needs to learn from hasan ali how to bowl quick and accurate :cantstop:

If it's just about bowling quick then Ali should learn from Pandya and skill wise Bumrah got nothing to learn from Hasan Ali although if Bumrah wants a over the top celebration of his own then he can acquire it from wannabe chotu undertaker.

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25 minutes ago, LORD_analyst said:

that no-ball bumrah picked up 14 wickets in 3 test matches in saf...loolz  :phehe:...envy of greenbros is excruciating

That means 14 wickets in 6 innings :cantstop: . Two wickets per inning :cantstop:. He should  be embarrassed to get two wickets in pace friendly conditions in SA.:cantstop:

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8 minutes ago, Lala said:

Indian posters should appreciate our performance rather trolling. We did really well so far for in an alien conditions. Imagine what if Indian phasst bowlers bowled in first couple of hours :cantstop: could have been 100/0. Anyway we will never laugh at you in your coming series vs England, because there is no point to laugh at underdogs rather encouraging them. :cantstop:

Keep it quiet please. You haven't batted yet :phehe:. This is how the English season starts. May is cold and damp and batsmen struggle. You hvae to not be all out before you reach 100 first before you can troll us and our bowling. Apart from Amir, I dont think any other bowler is that great. And no I don't think Bumrah is that great either. Anyone who doesn't use their non-bowling arm and doesn't lift his bowling arm before bowling cannot survive in test cricket.

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