The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Wednesday named 14-man squad for the second Test against Pakistan, starting on Thursday. As Ben Stokes made himself unavailable for the remainder of the series due to family reasons, England have replaced the all-rounder with fast bowler Ollie Robinson.
Expect the second Test between England and Pakistan to be a close contest as well when the two sides lock horns at The Rise Bowl stadium in Southampton on Thursday. In the first Test, while chasing the target, many hopes were shattered when Stokes departed. It looked like Pakistan are running away with the win. But a 139-run partnership between Buttler and Chris Woakes won the match for the home team.
Jos Buttler departed with 21 runs still to win by Yasir Shah, prompting the promotion of Stuart Broad. Broad too departed with four runs remaining but the lucky Woakes got a thick edge as the ball rushed towards the gap to see the English side burst with joy.
England showed resilience in the second innings, which proved that they can bat deep down the order. It also should be understood that their second innings batting performance came against a Pakistan side, who were top-notch with their bowling performance, and thus they were the better team and deserved to win.
Pakistan will be hot on their heels and challenging England. There would be pressure on captain Azhar Ali after his failed performances which has landed him in scrutiny. It could be expected that Fawad Alam find and it that case their is also a bit of possibility that Ali loses his spot in the eleven.
England squad: Joe Root (Yorkshire) Captain, James Anderson (Lancashire), Jofra Archer (Sussex), Dominic Bess (Somerset), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Rory Burns (Surrey), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Zak Crawley (Kent), Sam Curran (Surrey), Ollie Pope (Surrey), Ollie Robinson (Sussex), Dom Sibley (Warwickshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Mark Wood (Durham).