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England v Pakistan - 2nd Test Match - Match Prediction and Cricket Betting Odds

Pakistan players preparing for England v Pakistan - 2nd Test Match
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With England heading to the 2nd Test in some disarray, Pakistan, on the other hand, will be there brimming with confidence, following their win in the first Test at Lord’s.

2nd Test England v Pakistan

Start Time: 11:00

Venue: Emerald Headingley, Leeds

Weather: A mixture of rain, sunshine and cloudy periods

 Teams

Pakistan from: Sarfraz Ahmed(c), Azhar Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Sami Aslam, Haris Sohail, , Fakhar Zaman, Saad Ali, Asad Shafiq, Usman Salahuddin, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Abbas , Hasan Ali, Rahat Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Usman Salahuddin or Sami Aslam

 

England from: Joe Root (captain), Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow (wkt), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Dom Bess, Mark Wood, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Chris Woakes, Sam Curran

 Our Pakistan match correspondent Salim Parvez says history maybe against Pakistan in this Test match. He comments:

“Historically, Headingley has not been a happy hunting ground for Pakistan, growing up in the 1970s, one recalls, it was nigh impossible for players from the sub-continent to play their natural attacking game and excel in the conditions. The English bowlers, on a typical seaming wicket and overcast conditions, would simply strangle the Pakistan batting ‘stars’, regardless of their county cricket reputation.”

He continues: “There are a number of defeats and near misses, at Headingley that continue to haunt, both the players and its supporters. The 25-run loss in 1971, falling short by 14 runs in the 1979 World Cup and a narrow three-wicket defeat in 1982, are prime examples of nerves taking over for the Pakistan team, still in its evolutionary phase in terms of learning ‘the art of winning’.”

On more recent matches, he comments: “In 2010, arriving to play on a neutral venue, its pace attack bowled out Australia for mere 88 runs on the opening day and went on to record a three-wicket win, amidst a great deal of anxiety. Now much older and wiser, Mohammed Amir, one of only two survivors of the game alongside batsman Azhar Ali, can draw inspiration from his 7 wickets in the match and a joint Man of the Match award, he shared with Shane Watson. The present Pakistan squad will not have been burdened by the sheer weight of history for their current form and their adaptability in English conditions is what counts for this contest.”

Match Prediction

The weather may be the most important factor in determining the result of this Test. England are in some disarray and Pakistan are in a good place (playing at home from home, as well!) If the weather stays favourable, then I see Pakistan winning again, otherwise a draw is probably inevitable.

Cricket Betting Odds

The bookies that have the best cricket betting odds, have Pakistan favourites to win this Test match, with Mohammed Amir the top bowler for Pakistan and Jimmy Anderson for England; top batsman for Pakistan, Azar Ali and top batsman for England, Joe Root.

 

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