Pakistan 326 & 169
England (82.1 ov, target 277) 219 & 277/7
England won by 3 wickets
Pakistan won the toss and bat
Chris Woakes named Man of the Match
With Ben Stokes, James Anderson and Stuart Broad performing back to their exceedingly high levels, an opening batsman as sharp as Strauss in Dom Sibley and a very competitive three-test series against a decent West Indies side England should take this test quite easily. Pakistan will be rusty having last played one test against a very poor Bangladesh side way back in February.
England 1 Dom Sibley, 2 Rory Burns, 3 Joe Root (capt), 4 Ben Stokes, 5 Ollie Pope, 6 Jos Buttler (wk), 7 Chris Woakes, 8 Dom Bess, 9 Stuart Broad, 10 Jofra Archer, 11 James Anderson
Pakistan 1 Shan Masood, 2 Abid Ali, 3 Azhar Ali (capt), 4 Babar Azam, 5 Asad Shafiq, 6 Shadab Khan, 7 Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 8 Yasir Shah, 9 Shaheen Afridi, 10 Mohammad Abbas, 11 Naseem Shah
|England vs Pakistan||England||England won by an innings and 55 runs||Leeds||01-Jun-18|
|England vs Pakistan||Pakistan||Pakistan won by 9 wickets||Lord’s||24-May-18|
|England vs Pakistan||Pakistan||Pakistan won by 10 wickets||The Oval||11-Aug-16|
|England vs Pakistan||England||England won by 141 runs||Birmingham||03-Aug-16|
|England vs Pakistan||England||England won by 330 runs||Manchester||22-Jul-16|
|v West Indies||WON||269 runs||Manchester||24-Jul-20|
|v West Indies||WON||113 runs||Manchester||16-Jul-20|
|v West Indies||LOST||4 wickets||Southampton||08-Jul-20|
|v Sri Lanka||canc||–||Colombo (SSC)||27-Mar-20|
|v Sri Lanka||canc||–||Galle||19-Mar-20|
|v South Africa||WON||191 runs||Johannesburg||24-Jan-20|
|v South Africa||WON||inns & 53 runs||Port Elizabeth||16-Jan-20|
|v South Africa||WON||189 runs||Cape Town||03-Jan-20|
|v South Africa||LOST||107 runs||Centurion||26-Dec-19|
|v New Zealand||draw||–||Hamilton||29-Nov-19|
|v New Zealand||LOST||inns & 65 runs||Mount Maunganui||21-Nov-19|
|v Australia||WON||135 runs||The Oval||12-Sep-19|
|v Australia||LOST||185 runs||Manchester||04-Sep-19|
|v Australia||WON||1 wickets||Leeds||22-Aug-19|
|v Australia||LOST||251 runs||Birmingham||01-Aug-19|
|v Bangladesh||WON||inns & 44 runs||Rawalpindi||07-Feb-20|
|v Sri Lanka||WON||263 runs||Karachi||19-Dec-19|
|v Sri Lanka||draw||–||Rawalpindi||11-Dec-19|
|v Australia||LOST||inns & 48 runs||Adelaide||29-Nov-19|
|v Australia||LOST||inns & 5 runs||Brisbane||21-Nov-19|
|v South Africa||LOST||107 runs||Johannesburg||11-Jan-19|
|v South Africa||LOST||9 wickets||Cape Town||03-Jan-19|
|v South Africa||LOST||6 wickets||Centurion||26-Dec-18|
|v New Zealand||LOST||123 runs||Abu Dhabi||03-Dec-18|
|v New Zealand||WON||inns & 16 runs||Dubai (DSC)||24-Nov-18|
|v New Zealand||LOST||4 runs||Abu Dhabi||16-Nov-18|
|v Australia||WON||373 runs||Abu Dhabi||16-Oct-18|
|v Australia||draw||–||Dubai (DSC)||07-Oct-18|
|v England||LOST||inns & 55 runs||Leeds||01-Jun-18|
|v England||WON||9 wickets||Lord’s||24-May-18|
|v Ireland||WON||5 wickets||Dublin (Malahide)||11-May-18|
England has the significant advantage of a three-test series and a bunch of limited-overs games coming into this three-test series against Pakistan. The English players are finding form at the right time with Sibly, Stokes, Broad and Anderson all looking shape.
England has found a genuine opening batsman in Dom Sibley. Incidentally, Sibley is the first English opener to face at least 250 balls in their first innings not named Cook or Strauss since 2002 – impressive company!
Ben Stokes is currently on fire, scoring 681 runs at 62 in the last seven matches to go along with his 19 wickets. Unsurprisingly Stokes is the top-ranked allrounder.
Amazingly Stuart Broad was left out of the first test but is now firmly back to being top dog with an innings 6 for 31 and match figures of 10 for 67 in the final test. He looked incredibly sharp!
Pakistan, on the other hand, last played in February and as such aren’t carrying any recent and meaningful form into this match. The Pakistan team does include some matching winning players though, and as is usual with any Pakistan side they can beat any side. Its the typical question – which Pakistan side will turn up? The one who beat South Africa at Centurion in 2018 by six wickets or the one who lost to England by an innings and 55 runs against England at Leeds only six months early. The Pakistan players to watch are Babar Azam and the fast-bowling trio of Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Abbas and Naseem Shah.
The forecast is scattered showers on Day 1 and Day 2 with a top temperature of 21 degrees but clearing up the remaining three days. Day 3 on Friday will be a barmy 28 degrees.
The fast bowlers in the recent England and West Indies series found a lot of swing at Old Trafford. The pitch and conditions will suit selecting medium to fast bowlers.
Pakistan win the toss and bat
*Our top betting tips are only available pre match. You will not be able to place bets on any of these outcomes once the match starts.
Best Player Of The Match: Ben Stokes@6.75
Why? He is great form and was MoM against West Indies in the 2nd Test.
Why? Try an acca!
Why? The last 3 innings scores are 1, 0 and 29 and batting may be difficult on Day 1 and Day 2.
Why? Recent scores of 43, 176 and 20.