England bring Bazball to the subcontinent in an interesting test of the abilities of Ben Stokes and company.
Pakistan suffered embarrassment when Australia visited last and they will want to put this batch of English tourists to the sword.
Pakistan vs England | 1 December – 5 December 2022 | Pindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi
To Win Match
Pakistan 5/4 | Draw 5/2 | England 2/1
Pakistan have plenty of pace firepower but might be hoping the Pindi Stadium pitch is a little bit more spin-friendly to halt England’s charge.
The hosts will deploy a far more patient batting lineup than their opponents but it remains to be seen if they get rattled by England’s attack.
Abrar Ahmed and Zahid Mahmood appear to be competing for a single space in the XI with Shadab Khan not selected for this series as a leg-spin option.
Brendon McCullum wants England to keep the hammer down and play their ultra-positive game against Pakistan on their own patch.
England know that Pakistan wickets typically have a little more ‘juice’ in them but they will be without speed merchant Mark Wood for the first Test.
Call-ups for Ben Duckett and Will Jacks also suggest England are looking to attack when they have the willow in hand.
England skipper Ben Stokes has committed to donating his match fee to the victims of the devastating floods in Pakistan.
Verdict: Pakistan 5/4
Pakistan are tipped to get the job done in front of an expectant Rawalpindi crowd.