England vs Pakistan 1st Test Day 1 Highlights – May 24, 2018

England vs Pakistan 1st Test Day 1 Highlights – May 24, 2018, Pak v Eng highlights today – First test day one from Lord’s, London (England) Thursday 24th May 2018. Six days ago Pakistan played a two-day warm-up match against Leicestershire. In that match, Pakistan scored 321 runs 9d in 89.5 overs. Azhar Ali scored 73 runs and Fakhar Zaman scored 71, Usman Salahuddin scored 69 runs off 154 balls. Leicestershire team faced 75 Overs and lost six wickets with 226 runs and then Match drawn. Now Muhammad Amir is fit to play against England, which is good news for Pakistan team.

Toss: England won and chose to bat first.

Pakistan team/playing XI
1 Azhar Ali, 2 Imam-ul-Haq, 3 Haris Sohail, 4 Asad Shafiq, 5 Babar Azam, 6 Sarfraz Ahmed (capt & wk), 7 Shadab Khan, 8 Faheem Ashraf, 9 Mohammad Amir, 10 Rahat Ali/Hasan Ali, 11 Mohammad Abbas.
England team/playing XI
1 Alastair Cook, 2 Mark Stoneman, 3 Joe Root (capt), 4 Dawid Malan, 5 Jonny Bairstow (wk), 6 Ben Stokes, 7 Jos Buttler, 8 Mark Wood/Chris Woakes, 9 Dom Bess, 10 Stuart Broad, 11 James Anderson.

1st Test, Pakistan tour of Ireland, England Highlights

The pitch had a distinct tinge of green the day before the Test, but a fair amount of that grass was likely to be removed before play starts. Last year, the surface for the South Africa Test took considerable turn although that was in July. In September there was plenty of help for the quicks when West Indies visited. The forecast for this match is for a warm few days with the chance of showers – some thundery – at various stages but also plenty of dry weather.

Pakistan also have just a single spot to decide on: whether Rahat Ali retains his place after a wicketless outing against Ireland or he’s replaced by the skiddy pace – and extra batting ability – of Hasan Ali. Judging by nets on Wednesday, Hasan was favourite to play. Babar Azam took a blow on the finger on Tuesday but was expected to be okay. England’s one decision is between Chris Woakes and Mark Wood for the final pace-bowling slot. Wood was recalled in Christchurch at the end of March and provides extra pace. Woakes provides more with the bat. There will be a debut for 20-year-old offspinner Dom Bess.

Umpires – Bruce Oxenford, Rod Tucker
TV Umpires – Paul Reiffel
Match Referee – Jeff Crowe
Reserve Umpire – Michael Gough
Match number – Test no. 2304

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