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ENG VS PAK: 2nd Test | Preview, Team News & Top Funtasy11 Picks

ENG VS PAK – This article brings to you the preview, team news and top Funtasy picks for the 2nd Test between England and Pakistan.

After sealing a historic win against England in the Lord’s Test, the Sarfraz-led side will be looking for a clean sweep in the upcoming second Test at Leeds.

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England Team News

In the latest update, Keaton Jennings has replaced Mark Stoneman who scored 13 in two innings as England lost the Test by 9 wickets, in the 12-member squad.

Former England Test skipper Michael Vaughan had urged the selectors to get rid of either James Anderson or Stuart Broad following a mediocre performance in the first Test. However, Skipper Joe Root would like to bolster the duo in order to avoid a fourth straight defeat in the longest format.

In a reverse scenario, Root could also bring in Chris Woakes to add more depth into the batting segment.

Squad: Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Dawid Malan, Joe Root (C), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Dom Bess

Pakistan Team News

The Pakistan camp will be all smiles, having registered their second victory against England at Lord’s after the high of 2016.

The only area of concern would be the void of Babar Azam who has been ruled out of the remainder of the series due to a fracture sustained during the first Test. Either Saad Ali or Fakhar Zaman are likely to replace him for the second Test.

Squad: Imam-ul-Haq, Azhar Ali, Haris Sohail, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Sarfaraz Ahmed (C & WK), Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Abbas, Rahat Ali, Hassan Ali

Top Funtasy Picks  

England: Ben Stokes / Jos Buttler – Ben Stokes was the only batsman besides Alastair Cook to have looked comfortable against Pakistan bowling attack in the first innings. Wicket-keeper Jos Buttler carried his IPL form in the Test series, making a 138-ball-67 in the second innings and should be picked according to his credentials of late. 

Pakistan: Shadab Khan / Mohammad Abbas – All-rounder Shadab Khan was substantial with both bat and ball in the 1st Test, while Mohammad Abbas scalped as many as 8 wickets for 64 runs.

Punt Pick: Chris Woakes / Fakhar Zaman – The all-rounder after missing the first Test might be induced in the squad in place of Stuart Broad. Fakhar Zaman could come as a replacement for injured Babar Azam in the Leeds Test.

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