Recent Match Report – Pakistan vs England 3rd Test 2022/23
Pakistan won the toss and chose to bat first vs England
Wasim, 21, has previously played eight ODIs and 26 T20Is and was handed his Test cap by Azhar. He has taken 20 wickets at 24.85 in his seven first-class matches to date and is one of two seamers in the Pakistan side along with Faheen Ashraf.
Babar explained his decision to bat first by saying that the pitch looked dry on the first morning, and said that Imam-ul-Haq had not been fit enough to play after injuring his hamstring in the second Test in Multan. Mohammad Nawaz, Zahid Mahmood and Mohammad Ali were the three players left out.
Ahmed breaks the record set by Brian Close in 1949 and the Karachi Test will be only the fourth first-class match of his career, after three appearances in the County Championship this summer. He is carded to bat at No. 8 and is a straight swap for Will Jacks, while Ben Foakes returns to keep wicket with James Anderson rested.
England’s change in balance will mean Ben Stokes, who did not bowl a ball in their win in Multan, will have a bigger role with the ball. “I guess I’m going to have to [bowl more] with three seamers this week,” he said at the toss.
“We would have batted,” Stokes admitted. “[But] looking at the wicket, I wasn’t too fussed if I won or lost [the toss]. We’d love to win this game and love to leave here [having won] 3-0, but the biggest and most important thing is the process and how we want to play.”
Pakistan: 1 Abdullah Shafique, 2 Shan Masood, 3 Azhar Ali, 4 Babar Azam (capt), 5 Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 6 Salman Ali Agha, 7 Saud Shakeel, 8 Faheem Ashraf, 9 Nauman Ali, 10 Mohammad Wasim Jnr., 11 Abrar Ahmed
England: 1 Zak Crawley, 2 Ben Duckett, 3 Ollie Pope, 4 Joe Root (capt), 5 Harry Brook, 6 Ben Stokes, 7 Ben Foakes (wk), 8 Rehan Ahmed, 9 Ollie Robinson, 10 Jack Leach, 11 Mark Wood