The hectic summer of international cricket continues on Wednesday when England face Pakistan in a three match test series.
After England completed a comeback series victory against the West Indies recently its time now to welcome Pakistan to England.
Expect fast bowling to dominate the series
Fast bowlers dominated England’s series with West Indies and things are unlikely to change much in the tests to come.
Pakistan’s strength will undoubtably be in their pace attack. Led by 30-year-old Mohammad Abbas- who spent two years at Leicestershire- he has already taken 75 test wickets.
New kid on the block Shah the one to watch
From the old to the new kid on the block. The sensational 17-year-old Naseem Shah has immense talent for somebody so young. Has only played in four tests, but already has picked up 13 wickets. In the touring squads two warm up matches in Derby he picked up ten wickets at 16.50 apiece.
He has already taken a hat-trick in his short career and is definitely one to look out for. The four wickets he has taken so far have come against Australia in a series he wasn’t going to play in.
Within days of arriving in Australia tragedy struck when he learnt his mother had died. He wanted to return home, but his brothers persuaded him to stay. Certainly, a strong case of taking notice of what your family are telling you to do.
Tourists pace attack trump card for the visitors
Pakistan’s lively pace attack also has Shaheen Shah Afridi, a 6ft 6in left-armer. He has already been compared to the great Mitchell Starc and has 30 test wickets to his name.
Faheem Ashraf is a fine all-rounder who took six wickets in his most recent test against South Africa. Has picked up 11 wickets in four tests this far.
The tourist possess in their ranks a fine leg spinner Yasir Shah who is likely to trouble England.
Although the tourists pace attack is inexperienced compared to England’s- 268 wickets in 80 tests, they must be feared.
England’s potential pace attack has an average age of 30 with 1,476 wickets in 437 tests. The senior names of Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad, Mark Wood and Chris Woakes can boast 1,246 wickets between them.
Pakistan will go into the series with four uncapped batsman in their squad including Imam-Ul-Haq.
Babar Azam is a quality batsman for the tourists who already has compiled 1,850 runs in just 26 tests.
This fascinating upcoming series looks to be the battle of both sides pace attack. Either side has the bowlers to take 20 wickets to win a test. The series might just be decided on who can put a big first innings total on the board.
England Test Squad: Joe Root (captain), 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
Pakistan Squad: 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.
Three match test series:
1st test 5th August- 9th August Old Trafford
2nd test 13th August- 17th August Ageas Bowl
3rd Test 21st August- 25th August Ageas Bowl