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Preview of PAK vs ENG, Pakistan Tour of England 2022, 2nd Test

Pakistan take on England in the second test which begins in Multan from December 9-13. This is the second in the series of three test matches. The third will be played in Karachi from December 17. England won the first Test by 74 runs and Pakistan need to win this one to keep the series alive.

England scored 657 runs in the first innings of the first Test. Four batsmen scored centuries to lead England to a mammoth total. Pakistan scored 579 in reply and three of their batsmen scored a century.

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England made a bold statement in the second innings calling on Pakistan to score 343 runs to win the first Test in a day and a half. As it turned out, Pakistan came up short and England’s ‘bazball’ approach once again came to the fore as they played with the intent to win. They scored 264/7 in under 36 overs before announcing the declaration. James Anderson and Ollie Robinson each took four wickets to help the visitors take the lead in the series.

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England won a T20I series against Pakistan 4-3 in September ahead of the Test series. Both teams played in the T20 World Cup and also met in the final. Jos Buttler’s England beat Babar Azam’s Pakistan to lift their first title.

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Preview of PAK vs ENG, Pakistan Tour of England 2022, 2nd Test

Pakistan

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Haris Rauf. Image credits: Twitter.

Pakistan took a heavy blow before the second Test. Leading pacemaker Haris Rauf has been ruled out of the remainder of the series due to a quadriceps injury in his right leg which he sustained due to a mishap on the field in the first test. The pacer bowled 13 overs in the first innings picking up just one wicket. He is the second pacer to be injured after Shaheen Shah Afridi is already ruled out with injury. One between Muhammad Abbas and Hasan Ali will replace Rauf for the second test.

There are no injury concerns for the rest of the players in the Pakistan camp. However, the win was a bitter pill to swallow for the Men in Green as their batsmen didn’t call for a draw. All eyes will once again be on Babar Azam after his first innings century.

Squad of Pakistan

Babar Azam (Captain), Abdullah Shafique, Azhar Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Shan Masood, Agha Salma, Saud Shakeel, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim, Nauman Ali, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Abrar Ahmed, Naseem Shah , Zahid Mahmood, Mohammad Ali, Muhammad Abbas, Hasan Ali

England

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England captain Ben Stokes said neither he nor his teammates have any interest in playing for a draw when asked about the bold statement after the first Test. Having won the first Test convincingly, Stokes and his boys will play with the same approach in the second Test at Multan. They are looking at an elusive Test win in Pakistan for this new batch of players. The likes of Joe Root and James Anderson have been stalwarts of the team and a Test series victory in Pakistan would be the perfect capping off their decorative runs.

England will also be without Liam Livingstone, who made his debut in the first Test but injured his knee while playing on the second day of the Test match. They forced him to fly home after he was deemed unfit to play for the remainder of the series. The Side has enough strength in its side to replace the all-rounder. He may just be forced to change in the XI.

Squad of England

Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Ollie Pope (c), Joe Root, Harry Brook, Ben Stokes (c), Will Jacks, Ollie Robinson, Jack Leach, James Anderson, Keaton Jennings, Rehan Ahmed, Ben Foakes, Mark Wood, Jamie Overton

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