England Tour of Pakistan 2022: Pakistan vs England – 1st Test Preview and Updates

England returns to Pakistan after a 17-year absence to play the first of three historic Test series matches at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium. Pakistan lost their last home series against Australia, and they will look to rebound here with home advantage. England lost their last series against the West Indies, and they will be looking for a win in this game.

Over the last two years, the English team has struggled on away tours. In the last ten games, they have not won a single game away from home. The absence of a world-class spinner detracts from the side’s balance. Pakistan will make life difficult for the visitors, and it will be interesting to see how the English players respond.

The 1st Test between Pakistan vs England will take place on December 1st, 2022 at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi.

Match Details to Note

Match: Pakistan vs England, 1st Test, England Tour of Pakistan 2022

Date: December 01, 2022 (Thursday)                                        

Time: 10:00 AM IST

Venue: Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi

Pakistan vs England

Pakistan vs England

Pakistan (Match Odds – 2.20):


Babar Azam would be confident going into this competition. They play at home, and Rawalpindi has proven to be an excellent hunting ground for the team. Pakistan has a stable batting lineup and a potent spin attack. It will boost the team’s confidence going into the competition.

The team would like to get off to a good start in this game, and opener Abdullah Shafique Imam-ul-Haq is familiar with the conditions. The team’s middle order is formidable, and they have Babar Azam and Azhar Ali in good form. Mohammad Rizwan, Saud Shakeel, and Faheem Ashraf round out the lineup and will bat in the lower middle order.

Their bowling attack world must make good use of the conditions. Mohammad Wasim and Naseem Shah will make the most of the new ball. Haris Rauf is an experienced bowler who will look to put pressure on the English batsmen. Mohammad Nawaz, Saud Shakeel, and Nauman Ali must keep the opposition guessing with their versatility.

Full Squad:

Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (vc & wk), Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Abdullah Shafique, Abrar Ahmed, Azhar Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Haris Rauf, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Naseem Shah, Nauman Ali, Salman Ali Agha, Saud Shakeel, Shan Masood, Zahid Mahmood

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Possible Playing XI:

Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Abdullah Shafique, Azhar Ali, Iman-ul-Haq, Faheem Ashraf, Nauman Ali, Naseem Shah, Mohammad Waseem, Saud Shakeel, Mohammad Nawaz

England (Match Odds – 3.20):


Ben Stokes’ team would return to Pakistan after a 17-year absence, and the England captain would expect a strong performance from his players. Pakistan will be a difficult opponent to beat in its own backyard, and the visitors must rise to the occasion. They haven’t won in their last ten away games. Stokes would try to end his dreadful run.

In this game, openers Zak Crawley and Keaton Jennings will face a significant challenge. In this game, the pair will need to form a strong partnership. The middle order has had success, and the team anticipates runs from Ollie Pope, Joe Root, and Ben Stokes. Ben Foakes and Jamie Overton must perform well down the order, as the Pakistani spinners will put them to the test.

James Anderson will bring his experience to the game, looking to take early wickets while sharing the new ball with Oliver Robinson. Rehan Ahmed is expected to make his debut here, and he must bowl good spells with Jack Leach and make good use of the conditions. The team is hoping for a strong performance from Jamie Overton in this game.

Full Squad:

Ben Stokes (c), Ben Foakes (wk), Joe Root, James Anderson, Harry Brook, Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Will Jacks, Keaton Jennings, Jack Leach, Liam Livingstone, Jamie Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Mark Wood, Rehan Ahmed

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Possible Playing XI:

Ben Stokes (c), Zak Crawley, Ben Foakes (wk), Joe Root, Ollie Pope, James Anderson, Jack Leach, Oliver Robinson, Rehan Ahmed, Keaton Jennings, Jamie Overton

Pakistan vs England Head to Head

England and Pakistan have played 85 Test matches against each other. England has won 25 of the 85 games it has played, while Pakistan has won 21. 39 matches ended in a tie.

Pakistan vs England Head to Head Stats in Tests

  Matches Played PAK Won ENG Won Draw NR
Overall 86 21 26 39 0
Last 5 5 1 2 2 0

Pakistan vs England Toss Prediction

On the first two days, we anticipate a good batting surface, with the wicket becoming more conducive to spin bowling as the game progresses. Chasing a 4th innings total has never been easy on this surface. The team that wins the toss should bat first to capitalise on the conditions.

Pakistan vs England Pitch Report

Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium’s surface is typical of the subcontinent. The wicket is flat, and we’ve seen big scores here before. Because the surface does not help fast bowlers, they must rely on their skills and variations. Spinners enjoy bowling here because the dry surface allows them to grip and turn the ball sharply.

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Throughout the game, the skies over Rawalpindi will be clear. The best batting conditions will be on Days 1 and 2. After the first session, batsmen can easily score runs. The fast bowlers will be active in the morning session. Spinners would love it once the ball got tired. The team batting first will be thinking about 375 runs.

Pakistan vs England Prediction

England comes into this game with a poor record away from home. The team’s top order is uncertain and will most likely present a significant challenge. To challenge the hosts, they must master the spin attack. Pakistanis are a difficult team to defeat at home. They have three spinners, which will put them ahead of England. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!

Pakistan is the favourite to beat England at the odds of 2.20.

Pakistan vs England Most Recommended Player for Bet:

Pakistan captain Babar Azam has performed admirably in the longer format of the game recently. Babar Azam has scored over 3100 runs in 42 Tests, with an average of 47.3. Hence, we are picking him to be the highest run scorer for Pakistan in this Test.

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