Pakistan is all set to face the ICC 5th test ranking team England on the grounds of Lord’s on 24th May, 2018 Thursday. The match will begin live from 03:30pm IST. Pakistan will be playing their British opponents with seven new players who have never played in the birthplace of the sport. The Pak Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed stated that it will be their responsibility to take the pressure off of the new players by setting up a strong platform for the new players.
Ranking 7th in the ICC test rankings Pakistan had already defeated Ireland earlier in May with the same lineup and a five-wicket win earlier on their tour of Ireland. In the match they were met with conditions like seam offering pitch and overcast skies which they expect again on their match against England.
Set as two match test series, the teams will be playing their first match on Lord’s today while the second will be held in Headingley, Leeds on 1st June 2018.
Skipper Joe Root will be leading the England’s team. The 20-years old off-spinner Dom Bess will be making his debut in today’s test. Bess has played for England Lions, he had scored a century for MCC against the county champions Essex in March. Dom’s inclusion in the team means that England will have to choose between pace bowlers Mark Wood and Chris Woakes for the final place in their playing eleven. Dom Bess has played 16 matches in his career and had taken 63 wickets, Root is confident that Bess will make their bowling line up stronger.
Pakistan have not won a Test series in England since 1996, but they did draw a match with 2-2 on their last visit in 2016. Similarly England lost a number of consecutive matches against Australia in the Ashes series with 4-0, and were defeated by New Zealand with a 1-0 in the past. It will be not wrong to say that both the teams will be fighting tooth and nail against each other to bag the match in their favor.