England vs Pakistan Test- Photo-AFP
England vs Pakistan Test- Photo-AFP

Last Update on: December 16th, 2022 at 03:41 pm

PAK vs ENG Head To Head Records In Test, 3rd Test. Hosts Pakistan will be looking to salvage some pride when they face England in the third and final game played at National Cricket Stadium in Karachi on Saturday, 17th December.  Currently, England are 2-0 up in the three-match Test series after victories in Rawalpindi and Multan.

After losing the series, the home side might make one or two changes to their playing XI for the final Test. Pakistan Skipper Babar Azam will be looking to lead from the front with the bat and hoping that the side can earn a consolation win over England in this dead rubber. On the other hand, England captain Ben Stokes will be hoping that the side can guard against complacency and play to their potential in the final Test.

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Pakistan vs England (Getty Images)
Pakistan vs England (Getty Images)

On a pitch that yielded 1768 runs for the match, the third-highest aggregate in history, the visitors’ bold declaration at tea on a penultimate day gave them four sessions in which to claim 10 wickets with Pakistan needing 343 to win.

Centuries to newcomer Harry Brook, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, and Ben Duckett – returning after six years outside the Tests fold – in England’s record first innings of 657 were brought into context on the flattest of tracks as Pakistan produced three of their own in containing the tourists’ advantage to 78 runs, Will Jacks claiming six wickets on debut.

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Then came another Harry Brook star turn, his rapid-fire 87 off 65 balls the highlight of England’s second innings, upstaged only by Ben Stokes’ surprise decision to declare. Pacers Ollie Robinson and James Anderson picked 4 wickets apiece to restrict Pakistan to 268.

1st Test:- England 657 (Brook 153, Crawley 122, Pope 108, Duckett 107) and 264 for 7 dec (Brook 87, Root 73, Crawley 50) beat Pakistan 579 (Babar 136, Imam 121, Shafique 114, Jacks 6-161) and 268 (Shakeel 76, Anderson 4-36, Robinson 4-50) by 74 runs

Chasing 355 for victory, Pakistan looked in the hunt before being all out for 328 in the second session on day four of the contest. On a nerve-shredding fourth and final day in Multan, Mark Wood was that man, as Pakistan’s gutsy pursuit of 355 was thwarted with just 26 runs left to defend. Saud Shakeel top-scored for the hosts with a valiant 94, while Imam-ul-Haq made 60, but it was not enough in the end. Mark Wood was the pick of the England bowlers, claiming 4-65 as England registered their first series win in Pakistan since 2000-01.

2nd Test:- England 281 (Duckett 63, Pope 60, Abrar 7-114) and 275 (Brook 108, Duckett 79, Abrar 4-120) beat Pakistan 202 (Babar 75, Shakeel 63, Leach 4-98) and 328 (Shakeel 94, Imam 60, Wood 4-65) by 26 runs

For Karachi Test, the home side might include Mohammad Wasim Jnr, and Shan Masood in place of Mohammad Ali and Salman Agha. In the batting department, the side will be relying on the top order of Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, and Babar Azam to deliver the bulk of the runs.

2nd Test: Saud Shakeel Courtesy: AP
2nd Test: Saud Shakeel Courtesy: AP

In the middle order, rookie Saud Shakeel has shown excellent temperament and technique for Pakistan in this Test series. The left-hander batter is currently leading the batting charts for Pakistan. In four outings, Saud Shakeel has accumulated 270 runs at an average of 67.50 with three half-centuries to his name.

Pakistan spinner Abrar Ahmed.
Pakistan spinner Abrar Ahmed.- File picture

In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Abrar Ahmed, Zahid Mehmood, and Faheem Ashraf to deliver crucial breakthroughs. In his Test debut for Pakistan, rookie leg-spinner Abrar Ahmed was the outstanding bowler and claimed 11 wickets in the match.

Pakistan Predicted Playing XI:

Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Shan Masood, Saud Shakeel, Imam-ul-Haq, Abdullah Shafique, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Abrar Ahmad, Hasan Ali, Zahid Mehmood.

The visitors might make one or two changes to their playing XI for this dead rubber. Veteran pacer James Anderson might be rested as Jamie Overton or uncapped spinner Rehan Ahmed could come in the final XI. In the batting department, the side will be depending on the likes of Ben Duckett, Zak Crawley, captain Ben Stokes, Joe Root and rookie Harry Brook to deliver the bulk of the runs.

Harry Brook
Harry Brook. Pic Credits: Twitter.

Surprisingly, Harry Brook is leading the batting charts for England after two centuries in the Test series. He will be keen to continue her merry ways with the bat in this dead rubber. On the bowling department, the side will be depending on the likes of Jack Leach, Jamie Overton, Ollie Robinson, and Mark Wood to deliver crucial breakthroughs.

England Predicted Playing XI:

Ben Stokes (c), Joe Root, Harry Brook, Ben Duckett, Zak Crawley, Will Jacks, Ollie Pope (wk), Jack Leach, Mark Wood, Jamie Overton, Ollie Robinson.

PAK vs ENG Head To Head Records In Test, 3rd Test

PAK vs ENG head-to-head Test stats are in favor of the latter. They played their first Test against each other in 1954. Since then, they have met each other a total of 88 times in the longest format of the game and the England cricket team has won on 28 occasions whereas the Pakistani side has bagged 21 victories.

Matches Played88
Pakistan Won21
England Won28
First PlayedJune 1954
Last PlayedDecember 2022

England’s Alastair Cook has scored the most runs – 1719 runs in 20 Tests averaging 49.11. Inzamum-ul-Haq leads the batting charts for Pakistan with 1584 runs in 19 Tests averaging 54.62.  Among active players, England’s Joe Root has scored 1135-run in 14 Tests averaging 51.59. None from Pakistan has scored above 500 runs in bilateral Tests between the two countries.

Joe Root and Alastair Cook. (Credits: Twitter)
Joe Root and Alastair Cook. (Credits: Twitter)

England pacer James Anderson has picked the most scalps -82 in 20 Tests averaging 19.23 besides former Pakistan spinner Abdul Qadir who has picked 82 scalps in 16 Tests averaging 24.98. England’s Stuart Broad has picked 67 scalps while no Pakistan bowler among active players have picked more than 18 scalps.

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