Upcoming Test Series between England & Pakistan to Grab Eyeballs

October 09 03:50 2015

eng vs. pakNew Delhi, Friday, October 9 – England and Pakistan are soon set to contest in 3-match Test series, 4-match ODI series and 3-match T20 International series. The tournament between these two countries is slated to take place in United Arab Emirates. Most of the matches will be hosted at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai and Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah.

The first spot mentioned here will be hosting the 1st Test match, which starts October 13. According to latest available reports, the 33-year-old Shoaib Malik, an all-rounder from Pakistan, has been comprised as the 16th member of the Test team. If given chance to play, he could be a threat for the rivals.

England’s recent win over Australia in the Ashes must be fresh in the minds of Pakistani cricketers. Despite the fact that Pakistan lately came home post ending Zimbabwe tour on a winning note, sealing both T20 and ODI series, things change vastly in the longest format. Test cricket is considered real cricket for the reason that a team undergoes a lot of ups and downs in 5-day time. England gained confidence by defeating the Aussies in 5-match Test series held between July 8 and August 24.

England won 1st Test at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff but lost 2nd Test at Lord’s, London by a massive 405 runs. They bounced back in the next game at at Edgbaston, Birmingham and won it to take the lead. The good show continued at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham, winning it by an innings and 78 runs. Despite the fact that they lost the final one by an innings and 46 runs in the 5th Test at Kennington Oval in London, the series win boosted confidence of Alastair Cook as a player and, of course, as a captain.

He is likely to open England’s innings with Moeen Ali against Pak.  Openers play pivotal role in setting the base for upcoming batsmen. A robust partnership takes away pressure from the middle and lower batting order. However, vice versa happens when wickets start to fall within a short span of time. Quick batting collapse make a team come under stress. This would be something what both England and Pakistan would like to avoid.

The key challenge for English cricketers will be Pakistan’s bowling attack, which is sharp. Regardless of the fact that the team is under some phase of transformation, with a few replacing teammates on the basis of performance, bowling is strength of the men in green shirts.  England are not a step back. They have the potential to set the bars high. Stuart Broad and Steven Finn have the skills to crush batting lineup of the opponents. Who can forget Broad’s eight-wicket haul a couple of months ago against Australia? Cricket fans expect great show from him in the ‘soon to start’ Test series, which will be pivotal to remain strong in the future contests.