Toss England Toss the ball and bat first against Pakistan
Legspinner Abrar took 43 wickets for Sindh at 21.95 in this season’s Quaid-e-Azam Trophy. This was his first Test cap presented by Pakistan’s coach Saqlain Mushtaq. He will immediately be in action after England won again the toss and elected to bat first.
England’s first-day record score was 506 for 4. On the opening day of the series, Ben Stokes said that his team would strive to get back on track once again. However, he was cautious about the prospect of a similar performance on a slightly drier and cracked pitch that may offer more bowlers.
Stokes stated that “I don’t think it is possible to read into it too much, and see what it offers within the first hour. However, we’ll see how we can set the benchmark with some exciting, positive cricket.”
Babar Azam, Pakistan’s captain, admitted that it was once again a good toss for England. He said, “Definitely batting in the first.” “The pitch appears dry but we need good bowling.”
England have no of the problems that plagued them at the first Test stage, when a sickness bug almost forced a 24-hour delay to the start of play. On the eve, England named their XI, with Mark Wood returning to replace injured Liam Livingstone, and Ollie Pope keeping the gloves over Ben Foakes.
Despite pre-match concerns over smog in Multan the morning has been hazy, but with no significant visibility issues. Play is scheduled to start on time,
Pakistan 1 Imam-ul-Haq, 2 Abdullah Shafique, 3 Babar Azam (capt), 4 Saud Shakeel, 5 Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 6 Agha Salman, 7 Mohammad Nawaz, 8 Faheem Ashraf, 9 Zahid Mahmood, 10 Abrar Ahmed, 11 Mohammad Ali
England 1 Zak Crrawley, 2 Ben Duckett (3 Ollie Pope (wk), 3 Joe Root, 4 Joe Brook, 5 Harry Brook (6 Ben Stokes(capt), 7 Will Jacks (8 Ollie Robinson), 9 Jack Leach and 10 Mark Wood, 11 James Anderson
Andrew Miller is UK editor at ESPNcricinfo. @miller_cricket