After completing comfortable home series victories over Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, Pakistan will be looking to kick-start their tour to England on a positive note. After drawing the two previous series in England, Azhar Ali-led unit will be looking to win the series in England. If they achieve this feat, it will be first Pakistani team after 1996 to win a series against England.
Since Covid-19 Pandemic across the globe, major cricketing events and bilateral series were indefinitely postponed. Abid Ali, Naseem Shah, Haider Ali and Kashif Bhatti are four promising players for the tour to England. On the other hand, experienced duo of Sohail Khan and Fawad Alam has been included as they have experience of playing in English conditions.
Given Pakistan’s tendency to spring a surprise on opposition, England will have to play at their best to maintain their proud record at home.
We will look at the three players that can score big runs for Pakistan in the upcoming three-match series vs England.
There is no doubt that Shan Masood struggled to score runs against Anderson and co. in the series played in Dubai in 2015. Since then he has worked hard on his game and turned out to be a much compact player.
Since Jan 2018, Masood has exceedingly well for the side at the top of the innings. He has been able to produce runs in tough conditions in South Africa and Australia. Left-hander has accumulated 624 runs in 14 innings at an average of 44.5 with two centuries to his name.
Shan Masood will be keen to make amends for his poor record against England. In four matches played, Masood has only scored 129 runs at an average of 16.12 with one half-century to his name.
He would be determined to make an impact for Pakistan in the upcoming three-match Test series against England.
He is certainly the premier batsman for Pakistan across all three formats. Despite his initial lean run in red-ball cricket, he has managed to overcome all the odds and plunder runs for Pakistan in all conditions.
The 25-year old will be looking to lead from the front with the bat and produce runs for Pakistan in the upcoming three-match series in England. Since Jan 2018, Babar Azam has topped the batting charts for Pakistan in Test cricket. Azam has accumulated 1375 runs in 26 innings at a spectacular average of 65.47 with five centuries to his name.
In two-match series played in 2018 in England, Babar accumulated 68 runs at an average of 68.00 with one half-centuries to his name.
Despite his noticeable struggles against short-ball, Azhar Ali has managed to produce decent scores in English conditions. He certainly played a huge role in helping Pakistan draw the four-match Test series against England in 2016.
Since Jan 2018, Azhar Ali has clearly struggled to produce big runs for the side. In 16 Test matches, Azhar has scored 790 runs at an average of 27.24. But the team management will be hopeful that Azhar can find form with the bat against England.
He certainly notched up a well-crafted century against Sri Lanka in the second innings of the second Test played at National Cricket Stadium in Karachi in 2019.
The 35-year old will know that this probably his last trip to UK and would be desperate to produce big runs for the side in this three-match series.