- Sanjay Sanapoori | November 30, 2022 | 1:51 am
England are back in Pakistan for a Test Match after over a decade. Nobody in their side has played a Test in Pakistan, while Brendon McCullum, their coach has played cricket their very early in his career. Visiting Asia normally means a trial by spin for overseas sides. Pakistan though will not pose such a challenge in most cases. Compared to other subcontinent nations, the tracks are easier to play on and spin less, allowing England a better chance to go about their aggressive style of play.
Barring Jack Leach they do not have too many frontline spin options for that reason. Pakistan too do not play with too much spin, and are coming in with some changes overall to their squad. They have let go of Fawad Alam who was poor in the Australia series earlier in this year.
PAK vs ENG Head-to-Head
Played- 86 | Pakistan -21 | England – 26 | Draw- 39 | Tie- 0
PAK vs ENG Match Details
Date: November 30th 2022
Time: 10:30 AM IST
Venue: Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium
PAK vs ENG Weather Report
The Weather at Rawalpindi is pretty good for the upcoming game.
PAK vs ENG Pitch Report
The Rawalpindi track is normally known to be dry, fast, and take turn as the game progresses. Batting is easier with the ball unlikely to move around much early on, while reverse swing will play a crucial role as the innings progresses. Batting first is a better option though with wear likely.
PAK vs ENG Predicted Playing XI
England Playing XI
Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Harry Brook/ Liam Livingstone, Ben Stokes, Ben Foakes, Ollie Robinson, Rehan Ahmed, James Anderson, Jack Leach
Pakistan Playing XI
Abdullah Shahfique, Imam Ul Haq, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Shan Masood, Mohammad Rizwan, Abrar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah, Mohammad Ali
PAK vs ENG Key Players
Ollie Pope is rising amongst the ranks and is starting to embrace his postion in the side. As a batter he still has work to do, but is growing in confidence and is getting starts consistently for his side. With batting likely to be easy in the first innings, his technique will be crucial as Pope digs in to produce a big innings supporting the likes of Joe Root, especially in the absence of Jonny Bairstow.
Haris Rauf finally gets a look into Test Cricket. With Shaheen Shah Afridi out, Rauf is likely to make his debut and his experience in the Pakistan team will be very important despite him not having played Test Cricket up until now. Rawalpindi generally assists bowlers with a lot of pace and when it gets to that stage, Rauf will be very important if he manages to extract some reverse swing.
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PAK vs ENG Match Tips
Pakistan are favorites despite losing their last series at home against Australia. While England are playing a new brand of cricket, their ability in the subcontinent will be tested. They still have a chance of toppling Pakistan with their style, but with quality bowling and spin likely to play a role BazBall will have a new test to face.