ENG vs PAK 1st Test Preview, Team News, Squads, Playing XI's, Weather
January 30, 2023
England vs Pakistan 1st Test Preview, Pakistan Tour of England 2020

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England vs Pakistan 1st Test Preview, Pakistan Tour of England 2020

ENG vs PAK 1st Test Preview

Pakistan Cricket Team all set to take on England for the 1st test match on 5th of the August at Old Trafford, Manchester. Three match test series is the part of the ICC World Test Championship so this series is equally important for both sides. In the ICC Test Championship points table, England is standing on 3rd place with 226 points. on the same side, the Pakistani team standing on the 5th position with the help of 140 points on the points table. Pakistani team will play a three-match test series and three T20I. This will be the Pakistani team’s first tour since the COVID-19 outbreak.

ENG vs PAK Test Squads:

Earlier this week, Pakistani cricket Board shortlisted 20 players squad to feature in the test series against England. PCB organized 2 intrasquad warm-up matches. PCB shortlisted the list of following players

Pakistani Squad For England Tour: Azhar Ali (c), Babar Azam (VC), Abid Ali, Asad Shafiq, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Imam ul Haq, Imran Khan, Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Rizwan, Naseem Shah, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, Sohail Khan, Usman Shinwari, Wahab Riaz, Yasir Shah.

While on the other hand, English Cricket Board (ECB) named an unchanged squad for the Test series against Pakistan. England cricket team looking very dangerous side after their series win (2-1) against West Indies. Despite their loss in the 1st test match in the absence of Captain Joe Root.

England Squad: Joe Root (c), James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Dominic Bess Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Sam Curran, Ollie Pope, Dom Sibley, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.

Who will win ENG vs PAK 1st Test: (Prediction)

If we put some light on squads of both teams, the English team completely looking more balanced side on papers. With the likes of Anderson, Archer, Broad, Woakes, and wood, the English pace attack has the ability to do whatever they can. On the other hand, the Pakistani cricket team yet to lose any test series in England since 2010. Seems like the Pakistani team is well-aware of conditions. However, their squad is well established with young players like Shaheen Shah, Naseem Shah, Haider Ali, and imam. The vast experience of leggie Yasir Shah, Fawad Alam, Wahab Riaz, and Sohail Khan can help Pakistan to prove their worth on this tour.

Pakistani Batting coach Younis Khan said:

PCB appointed batting coach 42 years old Younis Khan. While talking to media he said, “he’s hoping for fighting tail-enders if Pakistan wants to do some extraordinary”.

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