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2nd Test, Pakistan VS England at Leeds

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Pakistan target series win
Pakistan celebrates during day four of the 1st NatWest Test match at Lord’s Cricket Ground.

 

Pakistan’s Haris Sohail hits 4 runs off the bowling of England’s Dom Bess.

Quotes

"It was very clear where we needed to improve from last week. We've had some good preparation, the guys have really worked hard and now it's just doing it, going out and proving a point, putting a really strong performance in as a group and showing some pride in the badge.'"
Joe Root expects a response from his team after their humiliation at Lord's

 

"We have to forget Lord's and move on to this now. If we want to move ahead as a team we have to forget our wins. We did well, we enjoyed it for two days, but now we're here."
Sarfraz Ahmed on keep focus

Big Picture

On an overcast Tuesday afternoon just over two weeks ago in Malahide, Pakistan found themselves three wickets down for 14, still needing 146 more to prevent Ireland becoming the first team since 1877 to win their maiden Test match. With a worrying recent history of fourth-innings implosions, Pakistan looked set for a defeat so ignoble it would define their time on British shores this tour, and highlight the malaise of their Test team since, indeed, the last time they were in the UK just under two years ago.

Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam carried them through that ordeal, and since then, the post-mortems of sharp declines in Test fortunes are suddenly the opposition's problems. The series against England began with two Test teams that had, with varying degrees of rapidity, gone from being the best in the world to distinctly mediocre. Pakistan's - as you would expect - was a more expeditious, less explicable downturn, albeit one hastened by the retirement of two of their greatest batsmen, Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq, while England's arguably has reasons stretching back for a decade: from cricket no longer being on free-to-air TV, to the marginalisation of the County Championship, to their well-documented struggles in replacing Andrew Strauss and Graeme Swann, not to mention Kevin Pietersen and Andy Flower.

But the manner of England's decimation at Lord's - their fifth defeat in 12 Tests at that holiest of grounds, where previously they had not lost since 2005 - may be the jolt the home side need to assess how far they've fallen. In last week's Test, England were out-thought by a team that isn't exactly renowned for its meticulous planning, out-fielded by an outfit that has never been a torch-bearer in that regard, and out-batted by a group whose susceptibility to the moving ball is well-documented. After all that, it was hardly a surprise that Pakistan out-bowled them, too. The dismissiveness, almost derisive, with which Sarfraz Ahmed's young team put England away seems to have set alarm bells ringing at the ECB, with an urgency that wasn't in evidence even in the wake of a 4-0 drubbing in the Ashes earlier this year.

As a result, Pakistan find themselves in the unfamiliar position of being the steady clinical team from which no drama is expected, while England have faced all manner of uncertainty over the past few days. The only blot on a perfect Test at Lord's for Pakistan was the loss of Babar to a wrist fracture, while Joe Root's men have been left to contend with changes in strategy and personnel if they are to avoid a first home series loss to Pakistan in 22 years.

Form guide

England LDLLD
Pakistan WWLLW

 

Team news

As if England didn't have plenty to ponder already, Ben Stokes is a serious doubt with a hamstring injury, with a late decision expected before the toss. Teenage prodigy Sam Curran has been brought in as cover. Chris Woakes's chances of starting in Stokes' absence look good, particularly given his all-round credentials, and though Dom Bess had an indifferent debut, it is unlikely that England will risk starting the Test without a specialist spinner. As for the batting department, Stoneman has been left out, with Jennings returning to partner Alastair Cook at the top of the order.

 

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

It is much more straightforward for Pakistan. With Babar Azam out of the side, Usman Salahuddin is set to make his debut at Leeds tomorrow. No other changes are expected.

 

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

 

http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/18025/preview/1119536/england-vs-pakistan-2nd-test-pakistan-tour-of-ireland-2018/

 

 

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1 hour ago, KaushikfromDelhi said:

Two matches is not even a series, minimum 3 matches is a full series. 

You guys didn't even have chance to play at least one single test match in ENG,AUS,NZ and SA for last 2 years and just trolling about series wins about others and no1 spot :cantstop:

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43 minutes ago, Lala said:

You guys didn't even have chance to play at least one single test match in ENG,AUS,NZ and SA for last 2 years and just trolling about series wins about others and no1 spot :cantstop:

You guys are quite talkative after the win in the first test. You should be hoping that the empire doesnt strike back :biggrin:. How did you fare against the Aussies and Saffers in their homes.

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52 minutes ago, Austin 3:!6 said:

England always calls some lower rank team at spring for practice ibefore the main event in summer. These 2 tests are nothing but a glorified warm ups for India series.

Austin Bhai, Your logic is absolutely correct, India have traveled to Zimbabwe and Bangladesh a quite a lot for single or 2 match test series in order to give them a good practice before they face major series. :cantstop:

 

Series results
Series/Tournament Season   Winner Margin
India in England Test Match 1932   England 1-0 (1)
         
India in Pakistan Test Series 1984/85   drawn 0-0 (2)
         
India in Zimbabwe Test Match 1992/93   drawn 0-0 (1)
         
India in New Zealand Test Match 1993/94   drawn 0-0 (1)
         
India in Sri Lanka Test Series 1997   drawn 0-0 (2)
         
India in Zimbabwe Test Match 1998/99   Zimbabwe 1-0 (1)
India in New Zealand Test Series 1998/99   New Zealand 1-0 (2)
Pakistan in India Test Series 1998/99   drawn 1-1 (2)
         
India in Zimbabwe Test Series 2001   drawn 1-1 (2)
         
India in South Africa Test Series 2001/02   South Africa 1-0 (2)
         
India in New Zealand Test Series 2002/03   New Zealand 2-0 (2)
         
India in Bangladesh Test Series 2004/05   India 2-0 (2)
         
India in Zimbabwe Test Series 2005   India 2-0 (2)
         
India in Bangladesh Test Series 2007   India 1-0 (2)
         
India in Bangladesh Test Series 2009/10   India 2-0 (2)
         
India in South Africa Test Series 2013/14   South Africa 1-0 (2)
India in New Zealand Test Series 2013/14   New Zealand 1-0 (2)
         
India in Bangladesh Test Match 2015   drawn 0-0 (1)
         

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We should have batted first. Should have maximize the value of first session under swing conditions. Anyway now should be watchdull and not thinking about run rate and just hang till session is over. Good 60-70 runs in first session would be more than enough for 2 wickets.

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17 minutes ago, putrevus said:

Can England crush Pakistan in this match, again losing toss is blessing in disguise.

you can say teams trying to show fake bravado by batting first in those conditions. England paid for it last game, Can Pak avoid the same fate!

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Just now, rkt.india said:

you can say teams trying to show fake bravado by batting first in those conditions. England paid for it last game, Can Pak avoid the same fate!

Dhoni did it also and ended the match on first session itself on last tour.In England I would always bowl if it is  50-50 call.First day collapses leave you with no margin for coming back in match especially in England.

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3 hours ago, Lala said:

Same way you guys face :cantstop:. But at least we play England better than you. :cantstop: 

Just winning one extra test does make your team better, Pakistan got pitches which were so suited last time that's why they did well otherwise they would not not doing well.

 

Pakistani showing their true colors.

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Its a shame what happened to our batsmen today :((. Sharfraz is not a Test player at all and should resign from test cricket. That moron could have choosen to field first on a difficult pitch. Dont know whether we can reach 150 :nervous:

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2 minutes ago, Lala said:

Its a shame what happened to our batsmen today :((. Sharfraz is not a Test player at all and should resign from test cricket. That moron could have choosen to field first on a difficult pitch. Dont know whether we can reach 150 :nervous:

Lala aaj Friday ko phainty kha rahe ho? Kya hua? Dua nahi ki aaj?

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22 minutes ago, Lala said:

Its a shame what happened to our batsmen today :((. Sharfraz is not a Test player at all and should resign from test cricket. That moron could have choosen to field first on a difficult pitch. Dont know whether we can reach 150 :nervous:

Wrist slitting happens after half a day's play :phehe:. Sarfaraz made the right choice. Usually the decision is done by the captain, coach and vice captain. Then the clouds came in :biggrin:. England would have done the same thing.

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Just now, gambhirfan said:

He is seen as a prospective future England all-rounder

God save England if this guy is an allrounder and a test cricketer.I have not seen his batting but going by his FC stats they are not that great to accommodate his rubbish bowling.

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England simply are not having new talented bowlers.this is worst crop of young talent I have seen from England.There is no wonder Broad and Anderson are still the top dogs.

 

Mark wood has no skill and he is not that pacy either. England wants everyone to believe he is express.

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