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Pakistan Bat Against England In First Test At Old Trafford

Pakistan batting underway against England in the first test of three-match series at Old Trafford.

PTV Sports is telecasting the match live.

Both teams observed a one-minute silence before the start of the first test as mark of respect for all those affected due to the covid-19 pandemic.

Earlier, Pakistan captain Azhar Ali won the toss and elected to bat.

Although the Manchester skies were overcast, Azhar Ali said, obviously the overhead conditions will help the bowlers but we were very clear in our heads that we want to bat first.

England were unchanged from the side that won the third test against the west indies by 269 runs to complete a 2-1 series victory in a campaign that marked international cricket's return from the coronavirus lockdown.

By sticking with the same side England again opted to play four specialist seamers with fitness doubts over Ben Stokes, who didn't bowl in the West Indies finale because of a quad injury, again effectively playing as a specialist batsman.

Pakistan opted for a balance of three seamers and two spinners in their attack with leg-break bowlers Shadab Khan and Yasir Shah both included in a match that marks their first test since february when a series against Bangladesh was cut short by covid-19.

A talented Pakistan pace line-up featured the accurate Mohammad Abbas, teenage rising star Naseem Shah and left-armer Shaheen Afridi.

Pakistan have not lost a test series against England since 2010, and have drawn their last two in England.