When England and Pakistan meet at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, the weather conditions will once again form the centre of attention. It was the very reason why the two teams could not get a fair shot in the previous Test to push for a victory. Only 134.3 overs could happen over five days as Pakistan batted once after which England declared on the final day to settle for a draw.
Nevertheless, when taking Pakistan into account, they had plenty of positives out of it. Mohammad Rizwan’s fighting half-century and shepherding Pakistan along with the tail that earned him the man of the match award is a highly encouraging sign for Pakistan. The tourists also signed off by taking four wickets and remaining ahead by 126 runs in a drawn Test. It is indeed tempting to think what Pakistan might have accomplished if the match lasted five days.
England’s approach came under scrutiny for letting Pakistan score that extra bit of runs, especially letting Mohammad Rizwan off the leash. They might bench James Anderson, whose desire to play four out of six Tests this summer got fulfilled. There were positives to be seen in the form of Zak Crawley, who made a fifty; however, Rory Burns needs a substantial score under his belt, having not made one in the series so far.
England vs Pakistan: Weather forecast:
For the second time in a row, the weather forecast at the Ageas Bowl does not look that promising. While the temperatures will hover between 13-18 degrees Celcius, the showers might fall from the opening day itself. The final day has a 58% prediction of rainfall and 6.6 millimetres of it.