While it’s hard to draw anything from the last test, considering we didn’t even make it through the first two innings, Pakistan recovered well from 120-5 to post a competitive 236 in what was a very stop-start innings.
We saw some very positive stuff from the bowling attack in the first five overs too before close of play on day four, and you could argue England were extremely lucky to only be 7-1.
Dom Sibley and Zak Crawley recovered well from that early onslaught as England posted 110-4, though it was all a bit of a moot point with the draw effectively confirmed, so it’s hard to judge the batting or bowling with any kind of credibility.
Pakistan To Win The Third Test
Though if those innings are anything to go by, Chris Silverwood’s men could have a real fight on their hands to win this series, and we’re inclined to stick with our same pick for the second test and that’s a win for the visitors.
Baba Azam led well and stuck in well for a grinding 47, though will be looking for a bigger score in this test to guide his side to victory and not have to rely on Mohammad Rizwan to lead a recovery again.
Ben Stokes will again be missing, and Pakistan will be relishing the opportunity to pick at England’s batting line-up with Zak Crawley coming in for who is arguably England’s best batsman at the moment.
Shaheen Afridi and Mohammad Abbas found their rhythm early and were making the new ball move, causing the English top order a host of problems, and we can’t see this match being any different.
The hosts may choose to bring back either Jofra Archer or Chris Wood into the side, which would add more firepower to their bowling attack without the option of Stokes, though at almost as long a price as last week, we can’t help but feel the visitors can level this series and draw their third successive tour of England.