England vs Pakistan: England will take on Pakistan in the second Test which starts in Southampton on Thursday after winning the opening match of a series for the first time in six.
Another victory will clinch a first Test series against Pakistan in 10 years — and the second series of this pandemic-affected summer, having already beaten the West Indies — but Root’s team has issues to address.
For starters, Stokes, the world’s No. 1 allrounder, will be missing because he has returned to New Zealand for family reasons. It deprives England of a player who often digs the team out of trouble — with ball or bat — and will lead to a more specialist batsman, likely Zak Crawley, being added to the lineup.
So it will be intriguing to see what pace attack England goes with — and the same applies to Pakistan as the tourists seek a way back into the series after letting the advantage slip at Old Trafford.
Pakistan cricket team, on the other hand, would expect a better batting performance, the sole reason behind the defeat in the first Test. After taking a lead of 107 in the first innings, the visitors were bundled out for 169 in the second innings. Azhar Ali will be under scrutiny for his captaincy and his batting after underwhelming with both in the first Test.
Southampton is set for overcast conditions throughout all five days of the second Test which will excite the bowlers but heavy rain is expected in all the five days which may play spoilsport in England vs Pakistan series.