Pakistan batsman Fawad Alam returned to Pakistan’s Check enjoying XI after lacking 88 matches within the span of 10 years and eight months. Fawad was picked within the enjoying XI of the second Check match towards England in Southampton within the place of Shadab Khan. He final performed for Pakistan in Check was in November 2009 towards New Zealand.
The 88 Assessments hole is the seventh longest between two matches within the red-ball cricket. Whereas it’s the second-longest hole for a Pakistan cricketer as Younis Ahmed tops the record with 104 Assessments hole between 1969-1987.
Fawad, who has been scoring persistently effectively within the home cricket for Pakistan, has performed solely three matches earlier than the Southampton Check. He has scored 250 runs at a mean of 41.66. He additionally scored a century on debut towards Sri Lanka in Colombo.
Pakistan skipper Azhar Ali gained the toss and elected to bat within the second Check of the continued three-match sequence towards England beginning Thursday on the Ageas Bowl.
“The climate is kind of sizzling and we want to make full use of it and put runs on the board. There will probably be some freshness within the pitch for the primary couple of hours however we are going to look to negate that,” stated Ali after profitable the toss.
“We wished to elongate our batting, Sam’s carried out brilliantly down the order for us previously,” stated England captain Joe Root. As for James Anderson’s retention, he added: “It is fairly muggy, feels prefer it may swing, very a lot seeking to see him get into his work this morning.”
England maintain a 1-Zero lead within the sequence, having gained the primary Check by three wickets in a dramatic style on the Outdated Trafford in Manchester.
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