England win toss, bat in Lord's Test

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 24, 2018

The fans will be hoping that the Joe Root-led side will bounce back in the home conditions. The third wicket also fell to Hasan Ali when David Malan was caught behind for six runs.

Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed called incorrectly at the toss and England counterpart Joe Root made a decision to post a score first in the opening NatWest Test.

With their batting having the potential to be on the flaky side, bowling is undoubtedly Pakistan's stronger suit and while the fitness of Mohammad Amir remains a concern, he is a potent threat nevertheless and with the support of Mohammad Abbas and an Ali, be it Rahat or Hasan, the tourists have a triumvirate to fear, with Faheem a useful D'Artagnan backing up those three musketeers.

Pakistan arrive with one Test match already under their belts, their topsy-turvy clash with new boys Ireland that nearly got away from them but did ultimately end in their success.

The loss of Yasir is a blow, but it does at least give them a chance to properly blood Shadab in unfamiliar conditions and it will be intriguing to see how he gets on.

Pakistan's cricket team players laugh during a training session at Lord's cricket ground in London Wednesday
England bat first against Pakistan in Test

James Anderson, 35, and 31-year-old Stuart Broad are still the mainstays of a pace attack which struggled to make inroads in the Australian top order.

One of those new players was Test debutant Imam-ul-Haq.

Spinner Dom Bess had already been assured of his England debut while Jos Buttler returned to the Test arena for the first time since 2016.

Although they have taken over 900 Test wickets between them, Anderson and Broad are nearing the end of their stellar careers and England need Mark Wood, their quickest bowler, Chris Woakes and Ben Stokes to shoulder more responsibility.

"If you see England's last four months they are not good for them", said Sarfraz.

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