|Hello and welcome to Sportstar‘s live coverage of the second England vs Pakistan Test at Rose Bowl, Southampton.|
-Jos Buttler’s wicketkeeper was under the scanner in the first Test, and he had been quiet with the bat for the last few games. But he shone through in the second innings, helping England chase down its target of 277. Here’s what Shane Warne had to say about Buttler.
– James Anderson has taken seven wickets in six innings since the start of the Test series against West Indies. He will hope to shine in this Test; the last time he took a five-wicket haul in a Test innings was in January, 2020, in Cape Town.
– England hasn’t played a Test without Ben Stokes since July, 2019, when it played Ireland in a two-Test series. Only time will tell whether the team performs well here without the special, in-form player. He’s assumed a talismanic role in recent years, has Stokes. Here’s an appreciation piece.
– This will be Pakistan’s first Test at Rose Bowl, Southampton. It’s played just five ODIs here, winning one and losing four. For England, this will be its fifth Test here; it’s won two and lost one. The loss was against West Indies in the recently-concluded Test series.
A possible exciting clash awaits us in the second England-Pakistan Test after the thriller last week. Yasir Shah and the rest of the Pakistan bowlers will be wiser after that first Test and may have a plan up their sleeve when faced with a counterattacking partnership.
Pakistan had England on the ropes on the fourth day, before Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes turned it around for England.
The wagon moves to Southampton now, after three back-to-back Tests at Old Trafford. What’s the weather going to be like? “Thundery showers and a gentle breeze,” says BBC, with a maximum of 26 degrees celcius and a minimum of 19 degrees.
Here’s the preview of the contest.
England: Dom Sibley, Rory Burns, Joe Root (c), Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Sam Curran, Dom Bess, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Jofra Archer, Ollie Robinson.
Pakistan: Abid Ali, Shan Masood, Azhar Ali (c), Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Fawad Alam, Kashif Bhatti, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Abbas, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Sohail Khan, Yasir Shah.
Where and when can you watch Pakistan vs England LIVE?
Pakistan vs England will be aired LIVE only on SONY SIX channels from 3.30 pm onwards. It will be available for live streaming on SONY LIV.