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Hosts England will play the first Test against visitors Pakistan on July 14. Catch the live cricket streaming of ENG vs PAK first Test at the Home of cricket – Lord’s on StarSports.com. After all the talking and ‘trash talks’, now it is time when cricket takes centre stage and does what it does best entertain. Pakistan have had almost near-perfect preparations heading into the Test series. The two practice games against Somerset and Sussex in which they took part were draws, but gave them the much needed time to assess English conditions. England on the other hand, will have a real test on their hands against a strong bowling attack. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: England vs Pakistan , 1st Test match at Lord’s

England after a 2-0 Test series win against Sri Lanka won’t be made to feel so comfortable this time around. Captain Alastair Cook, Joe Root and Alex Hales will have to step up in England’s batting order. The in-form Jonny Bairstow who had a fantastic Test series against the Lankans might find it much difficult this time too. Gary Ballance has made a surprise return to the squad in place of Nick Compton, but he will have to prove his critics wrong as well. READ: Pakistan vs England 2016, 1st Test at Lord s Preview & Predictions: Spotlight on Mohammad Aamer as Pakistan begin toughest test

However, all the drama and debate has been about the return of Paksitan’s left-arm pacer Mohammad Aamer. Aamer who is returning at the same venue where he last played when he was caught in the infamous spot-fixing scandal. He has received support from his teammates but was promised about a hostile reception from the Lord’s crowd according to Cook. With all the time for mind games over, it is now time for the umpires to signal play and let the teams battle it out in the middle.