Live Updates

  • 3:28 PM IST

    England skipper, Joe Root, starts by telling that Sam Curran comes in for Jofra Archer while Zak Crawley has replaced Ben Stokes. Tells that they wanted to strengthen their batting. Also mentions that Curran has done really well batting down the order since his debut. Feels that they need to be sure that there will be times when Stokes might be injured and as a side, they need to be doing really well without him as well. Adds that Anderson might get some swing because of the overhead conditions. Finishes by saying he is very much looking forward to bowl first on this wicket.

  • 3:24 PM IST

    Azhar Ali, the Pakistan skipper, says that we will bat first. Adds that they are very clear with the decision and they want to put runs on the board. Mentions the surface is dry and there is grass underneath. Informs they have made one change as Fawad Alam comes in for Shadab Khan. Azhar also says that they were very hurt with the loss in the last Test but they will look to bounce back strongly.

  • 3:12 PM IST

    Pakistan (Playing XI) – Shan Masood, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali (C), Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Fawad Alam (In for Shadab Khan), Mohammad Rizwan (WK), Yasir Shah, Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah.

  • 3:11 PM IST

    England (Playing XI) – Rory Burns, Dom Sibley, Zak Crawley (In for Ben Stokes), Joe Root (C), Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler (WK), Chris Woakes, Sam Curran (In for Jofra Archer), Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.

  • 3:11 PM IST

    TOSS – Pakistan win the toss and elect to bat first.

England vs Pakistan 2020, Live Cricket Score And Updates, 2nd Test, Day 1, Southampton

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of Day 1 of the second Test between England and Pakistan at The Rose Bowl, Southampton.

PREVIEW 

Pakistan will look to take advantage of Ben Stokes’ absence to level the series against England, in the second Test at The Rose Bowl, Southampton.

Pakistan were the better team for the majority of the first Test at Old Trafford, Manchester before England made a dramatic turnaround on Day 5 to go 1-0 up.

One bad day cost the visitors the game and they’ll be wary of the mistakes they made in Manchester.

“There are very small margins between victory and defeat and it’s easy to curse yourself when you’ve lost,” said Pakistan’s head coach Misbah-ul-Haq.

“We should remember that we were right on top until pretty much the last session of the game and we played very good cricket. Sure, we need to improve 10 to 15 per cent and deal with pressure situations a little better but we shouldn’t be mentally down.

“There is disappointment, of course, but we must not keep that feeling in our minds otherwise it will be difficult to come back but the team believes we can fight back,” he added.

England will be without Stokes, who will miss the remaining two Tests due to personal reasons, and will have to rejig their team accordingly. Zak Crawley, who played against West Indies, could come back into the starting XI.

“We now have to complete the job without Ben Stokes. He is someone we would miss even if he was unable to bowl or hit a ball. He has such an impact in the changing room beyond what he does in the middle,” England pacer Jofra Archer wrote in his column for Daily Mail.

“If you are going into battle, Stokes is the person you want right next to you. He would never run away from a challenge, but family is so important and he has to be in New Zealand right now.”

Pakistan, meanwhile, are likely to remain unchanged.

This will be the first time England and Pakistan will be facing each other in Southampton.

(With IANS Inputs)