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Cricket news - Live Cricket Score: England vs Pakistan, 2nd Test, Day 1, Southampton
Both team will be slightly worried about the form of their captains
Rain forces players off the field:
A drizzle has forced the groundsmen to rush in with the covers as the players go off the field with 10 minutes to go before the Lunch break. It's early Lunch in Southampton, with Pakistan at 62 for 1, recovering well after losing Shan Masood early.
The England bowlers continue to test the Pakistan batsmen with bounce and swing, but Abid and Azhar are up to the task. Azhar even plays a punch square of the wicket on the offside off Anderson for a four that brings up the half-century stand.
Abid and Azhar keep England at bay:
A good partnership between Abid and Azhar, who despite playing and missing a few times, have displayed good application and patience to deny England another wicket in the first hour. Abid, meanwhile, gets another lucky break - put down by Burns off Woakes. He's also managed a couple of boundaries off Woakes to take Pakistan to 41 for 1.
Lucky break for Abid Ali:
Broad finds the outside edge of Abid's bat but Sibley failed to hold on to the ball to his left. Meanwhile, the England bowlers are making the ball move both ways, with swing on offer.
A wicket in third over as Masood departs for 1. Anderson got the ball to swing in a touch to the left-hander who appeared to be playing for the away delivery and was trapped in front. Pakistan are 6 for 1.
Toss and teams:
Azhar Ali wins the toss and Pakistan opt to bat. One change for the visitors as Fawad Alam (playing his first Test in 11 years) replaces Shadab Khan. England make two changes - Zak Crawley comes in for Ben Stokes while Sam Curran replaces Jofra Archer.
Pakistan (Playing XI): Shan Masood, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali(c), Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan(w), Yasir Shah, Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah
England(Playing XI): Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Joe Root(c), Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler(w), Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, James Anderson
Bharat Sundaresan @beastieboy07 With Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Sam Curran & Dom Bess, this is the most baby-faced, boys-next-door, looking England Test team I’ve ever seen #ENGvPAK 09:43 AM  Aug 08, 2020
Stats by Deepu:
Most Tests missed between two appearances for PAK:104 - Younis Ahmed (1969-87); 88 - Fawad Alam (2009-20); 65 - Shahid Nazir (1999-06); 54 - Manzoor Elahi (1987-95)
Hello and welcome to the Live Blog for the second Test between England and Pakistan at The Rose Bowl. It was a case of so close, yet so far for Pakistan in the opening Test in Manchester as a superb partnership between Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes took the game away from them, helping England end their streak of losing the opening games of series. Moving on to Southampton, Pakistan will be looking to come back hard at England, banking on their pacemen for an improved performance.
Meanwhile, the form of the captains of both teams has been under scrutiny leading into the second Test, dictating the narrative for the Southampton clash. Joe Root has averaged 37.20 in the summer, while Azhar Ali's average is 26.06 since the start of 2018, with his average dipping to 11.77 with one half-century in 18 overseas knocks.
"It's been a strange summer and I'm behind where I'd like to be as regards runs by this point ... and two run outs in that period is not great either," Root said ahead of the second Test. "But this last innings was the best I have felt and I don't feel I'm far away from a big contribution. You just have to trust you are good enough to make big runs. I need to be in the right frame of mind."
As far as team news is concerned, England will Ben Stokes for the remainder of the series, with Zak Crawley expected to come into the side. England may also rest James Anderson and Jofra Archer, and bring in Mark Wood and one of Sam Curran and the uncapped Ollie Robinson. Pakistan will have to decide if they need two spinners for the second Test, with Fawad Alam being an option if they look to strengthen their batting.
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