How do these two sides shape up?
Overall Record: Played 71, Pak won 13, lost 22, drawn 36
Last time England played Pakistan AWAY= 2005 Pakistan won 2-0 with victories in Multan and Lahore with a draw in Faisalabad.
Last time they played: 3-1 in 2010. Pakistan winning by 4 wickets at the Oval to keep the series alive. Losing convincingly in the other 3 games.
Cook vs Taufiq = Cook
Strauss vs Hafeez= Strauss
Trott vs Azhar= Trott
KP vs YK=YK
Morgan vs Misbah=Misbah
Bell vs Shafiq=Bell on experience
Prior vs Adnan=Prior
Bresnan/2nd spinner vs Rehman=Rehman on utility
Broad vs Wahab= Wahab
Swann vs Ajmal=Ajmal
Anderson vs Cheema=Anderson on experience
Overall, narrowly 6/5 to England. Not bad ! Really looking forward to this series. Two tests will be held in Abu Dhabi with the one in between being held in Dubai. Gets under way on the 17th of January. England arrives in the UAE on the 3rd and have two 3 day warm up games beforehand. England goes into this series having won 6 consecutive test series. Pakistan on the other hand have not lost a single test series since they last played in the ‘spot fixing’ affected series in 2010. In that time they have played 4 (3 away from home and one neutrally). However, first they take on Sri Lanka who are currently trailing to Australia 1-0 and on the backfoot in the 2nd test in Pallekele. The 3 match series gets under way on the 18th from Abu Dhabi as well. Earlier in the year Sri Lanka managed a respectable 1-0 loss against England in chilly early summer conditions. Had it not been for the Cardiff batting collapse nightmare they would have gone away with a 0-0 score line. Dilshan has found the job tough going by the looks of things. England’s next opponents in the 5 day game will be Pakistan. They only have a 5 match away ODI series in India before that which starts in October.