Pakistan won its last test series by 2-0 against England in 1996 under the leadership of Wasim Akram. By then, Michael Atherton led the English team. In the current situation, both the teams are playing second and final test match at Headingley in the bilateral series. Both the teams have a very poor record at Headingley. The hosts won only two out of ten test matches and Pakistan won only one test match in the recent past.
Apart from Alastair Cook’s performance in the first innings and Jos Buttler-Dom Bess’s one hundred run stand on the third day, there are no considerable performances from England’s side in the previous test at the Lords.
On the other hand, Keaton was called as the replacement to Mark Stoneman after his poor performance in the past eleven tests. Keaton Jennings was out of the team after the series against South Africa last summer. The discipline exhibited by the Pakistan team in the Lords Test was outstanding. The defeat of England in the home test was disappointing for them but they have to improve on many grounds to prevent another defeat at Headingley.
The issue with the Pakistan team is their poor record in the recent past. They won only two out of nine tests. The pace bowlers are the asset for them. Mohammed Abbas, Hasan Ali, and Mohammed Amir are the weapons in their bowling arsenal. Mohammed Abbas took 40 test wickets from 16 games. It is a hard task for the hosts to get out of the bitter experience at the Lords if they cannot attack the opponents with all their might.
The Headingley stadium is known as a favorable ground for seamers. Sam Curran can enter the team and Mark Wood may be replaced by Chris Woakes. On the other hand, Ben Stokes may miss out the match due to a left hamstring injury.
From the visitors’ side, Babar Azam will miss out this test due to an injury and Usman Salahuddin will replace him. Sarfaraz Ahmed, the Pakistani Skipper made the above confirmation.
Sarfraz Ahmed(captain), Azhar Ali, Imam Ul Haq, Sami Aslam, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Saad Ali, Shadaab Khan, Usman Salahuddin, Mohammed Amir, Asad Shafiq, Mohammed Abbas, Rahat Ali, Faheem Ashraf, and Hasan Ali
Chris Woakes, Joe Root (captain), Jos Buttler, Mark Wood, Keaton Jennings, Alastair Cook, Dawid Malan, Keaton Jennings, Stuart Board, James Anderson, Sam Curran, Ben Stokes, Dominic Bess, and Jonny Bairstow