England vs Pakistan – 2nd Test Match Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is England vs Pakistan taking place? Thursday 13th August, 2020 – 11:00 (UK)

Where is England vs Pakistan taking place? The Rose Bowl, Southampton

What is the expected weather for England vs Pakistan? 23-24c with a chance of rain on three of the five days but unlikely to affect play for long spells

What channel is England vs Pakistan on? The match will be televised live on Sky Sports Cricket

Where can I stream England vs Pakistan? The match can be streamed live using the SkyGo app

Where can I get tickets for England vs Pakistan? This match will be played without spectators

LAST MEETING
England beat Pakistan by 3 wickets

THE TEAM NEWS

ENGLAND

  • Despite being on the back foot for long spells of the first Test against Pakistan, England produced a superb fightback in their fourth-day run chase as Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes performed heroics with the bat to lead them to an unlikely three-wicket victory at Old Trafford.
  • Following that match, news broke that star all-rounder Ben Stokes was heading to New Zealand for personal reasons and would be unavailable for the remaining two matches in this series so that forces them into a change here with Zak Crawley the man likely to come into the line-up and that should solidify their middle order.
  • Similar to the West Indies series, there is a chance that they will rotate their bowling attack which could see Mark Wood and Sam Curran come into the reckoning if they do decide to give Jimmy Anderson or Jofra Archer a rest but otherwise no other changes are anticipated.

PAKISTAN

  • Pakistan will be wondering how they came away from that opening Test empty-handed after they had the upper hand in so many of the sessions over the four days, but they paid the price for failing to react appropriately when Buttler and Woakes to the game to them.
  • Pakistan skipper Azhar Ali came under pressure for some of his decision making towards the end of that Test and his poor performance with the bat so he will be desperate to raise his game here.
  • After going with two leg-spinners in Yasir Shah and Shadab Khan, they may revert to just one as Shadab’s impact with the ball was fairly minimal despite his vital half century with the bat in the first innings and the calls for Fawad Alam to get a chance in the middle order to strengthen the batting are growing.

THE PREDICTION

The first Test between these two sides was an enthralling encounter and one which England were outplayed for long spells, but some superb hitting by Buttler and Woakes just took the game away from the tourists. They will not be too disheartened from that as the series moves to Southampton. The West Indies beat England at The Rose Bowl so that will give Pakistan and their pace bowlers some confidence. With another game under their belts, Pakistan could be even more dangerous here and with England missing Ben Stokes, the visitors could well even things up here and take it to a decider.

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