Pakistan aim to seal series against under pressure England

PESHAWAR: The second match of the two-match Test series between Pakistan and England will begin tomorrow (Friday).

The match will start at 3:00pm (PST) at Headingley. The Headingley pitch traditionally supports seamers. However, it has turned relatively batsmen-friendly in recent times.

Pakistan will be aiming to wrap up the series after their impressive show in the first Test which they won by nine wickets in a largely one-sided contest. However, Pakistan have made it clear that they will not take England lightly.

Batsman Usman Salahuddin may get chance to play tomorrow’s match as Babar Azam has returned to Pakistan after sustaining injury in the first match. Media reports said Usman Salahuddin did some indoor practice on Wednesday.

On the other hand, England will be under immense pressure to level the series after their dismal performance in the first match and the ensuing criticism from former players and British media.

England will drop to seventh place in case of a loss in Headingley. They may suffer another jolt as there was some injury concern for all-rounder Ben Stokes and he may miss the match. Sam Curran has been drafted into the team as replacement. Keaton Jennings has also been included in the team in place of Mark Stoneman.

Pakistan squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (c), Azhar Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Sami Aslam, Haris Sohail, Fakhar Zaman, Saad Ali, Asad Shafiq, Usman Salahuddin, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Abbas , Hasan Ali, Rahat Ali, Faheem Ashraf

England squad: Keaton Jennings, Alastair Cook, Joe Root(c), Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Dominic Bess, Mark Wood, Sam Curran.