The four-match Test series between England and Pakistan gets underway on Thursday with the first game at Lord's. This is the first time England are hosting Pakistan since 2010. Ahead of the much awaited first Test, let us have a look into some of the key statistics.
England batsman Gary Ballance, who has been recalled to the Test side for the first match against Pakistan at Lord’s, dismissed concerns over his groin injury and said that he is fit to play on Thursday.
The chief executive of Bangladesh Cricket Board Nizamuddin Chowdhury has ruled out hosting England at a neutral venue in October amid concerns over security in the country following a terrorist attack.
Lauren Winfield and Tammy Beaumont continued their excellent form at the top of the order as England Women set a target of 171 runs and went on to secure a 57-run victory against Pakistan Women to complete a 3-0 clean sweep in the third Twenty20 International in Chelmsford.
Defending a total of 138 runs, England Women bowled Pakistan Women out for 103 runs in 19.4 overs to secure a 35-run victory in the second Twenty20 International in Southampton and took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
Jos Butler scored a 49-ball 73 and shared a 114-run unbeaten stand with Eoin Morgan as England chased down a target of 141 runs in 17.3 overs to complete a comprehensive eight wicket win over Sri Lanka in the only Twenty20 International in Southampton.
Lauren Winfield and Tammy Beaumont shared a massive 147-run opening stand to set up a target of 188 runs following which England Women restricted Pakistan Women to 119 for seven and sealed a comfortable 68-run victory in the first Twenty20 International in Bristol.
The England and Wales Cricket Board stated that it will continue to monitor the security situation and follow the advice of the government for the tour of Bangladesh later this year after the terrorist attack on Friday night.