England host Pakistan in the second Investec test match at Old Trafford, Manchester on 22 July (Friday). Pakistan lead the four-match series 1-0.
Where to watch live
Match starts at 11am BST. Live TV coverage is available on Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports 2 HD. Click here for the live streaming link.
The first Test of the four-match Investec series had everything you needed from a cricket match; it was exciting, tight and saw quality cricket being played over the four days. England and Pakistan put on a show that was a great advert for the longer format of the game.
The hosts come into the second Test match at Old Trafford with more problems than solutions. The lack of application shown by their batsmen, besides their lack of form, will be a cause of concern.
James Vince, Gary Ballance, Alex Hales and Joe Root all failed with the bat, falling to the wily leg-spin of Yasir Shah. There are question marks in particular over Vince and Ballance who struggled to get going; while the latter did show some glimpses of his talent in the second innings it was a case of too little too late.
Coach Trevor Bayliss will have tough decisions to make but with the Three Lions not adding a batsman to the squad for the second Test, the duo will get another chance to work on their failings. However, Chris Woakes was one man who stood out for the hosts, taking 11 wickets in the match — the first 10-wicket haul of his career. Woakes also impressed with the bat with scores of 35 and 23; while these are not big numbers, his application and willingness to stay at the crease was impressive.
England will be boosted by the return of pacer James Anderson and all-rounder Ben Stokes, while also calling leg-spinner Adil Rashid into the squad. The team management has been pondering on playing two spinners in the game, which makes the selection of the playing 11 a tough task. Anderson for sure will play replacing Jake Ball while Woakes may come in for the disappointing Steve Finn. Whether Rashid plays in place of Moeen Ali or with him as part of a two-man spin attack will go a long way in determining the result of the Test.
Their opponents, Pakistan, created history beating England by 75-runs at Lords to win their first Test at the venue in 20 years. Their last triumph came in 1996. Known as a mercurial side, the Men In Green put on a performance where everyone contributed — with the bat, ball and in the field.
Yasir Shah was the star of the show taking 10 wickets for 141 runs to spin Pakistan to victory; but that is not to overshadow the hundred made by skipper Misbah-ul-Haq in the first innings or the role played by Asad Shafiq or Wahab Riaz.
Left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir finally got redemption six years after he was involved in the spot-fixing controversy, picking up the final wicket of Jake Ball to send the nation into a frenzy. While not at his best, Amir will look to improve as the series plays on.
The visitors are expected to field the same 11 who played in their historic victory at Lords.
England to win
Betting Odds (betfair)
- England to win: 10/11
- Draw: 13/5
- Pakistan to win: 5/2
Possible XI: Alastair Cook (c), Alex Hales, Joe Root, Gary Ballance, James Vince, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.
Possible XI: Mohammad Hafeez, Shan Masood, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq (c), Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Yasir Shah, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Rahat Ali.