England win the toss and decide to bat first
Manchester: In the second Test match at Old Trafford in Manchester England have won the toss and decided to bat first. The pitch is hard and dry and the team winning the toss would have opted to bat first rather than bowling.
Pakistan won the first Test match at Lord’s by 75 runs to go one up in the four match series. England were below par in the first Test but they would be looking to prove a point here and level the series. They also welcome their star fast bowler James Anderson and allrounder Ben Stokes back in the team after the duo missed the first match.
Pakistan have gone in with an unchanged side as they do not want to tinker with the winning combination. Although Yasir Shah suffered an injury scare but he has fully recovered and will play the match.
Cook says they are only playing one spinner after “many sleepless nights” thinking about whether to play Rashid as well as Moeen Ali.
Unsurprisingly, Misbah says he would have opted to bat if he had won the toss.
The pitch looks hard and dry and looks good for batting. England would be looking to put up a good total in the first innings to bring the Pakistani batsmen under pressure but they will have to tackle the likes of Yasir Shah and Mohammad Amir.
PAKISTAN XI: Hafeez, Masood, Azhar, Younis, Misbah (c), Shafiq, Sarfraz, Wahab, Amir, Yasir, Rahat.
ENGLAND XI: Cook (c), Hales, Root, Vince, Ballance, Stokes, Bairstow, Moeen, Broad, Woakes, Anderson.