Misbah says Pakistan must move on from Old Trafford defeat

Sarfaraz Ahmed tells Azhar Ali to ‘stay strong

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Pakistan had the upper hand for the majority of the game, only to surrender it spectacularly in the final session, losing by three wickets and going down 1-0 in the three-match series.

Former Pakistan global Bazid Khan told The Cricket Debate last week that the best-balanced Test attack is not necessarily one that contains a frontline spinner but one that can take 20 wickets and an-all pace arsenal of bowlers could be tempting for England.

The Daily Telegraph newspaper reported that Stokes - the hero of England's extra-over win 2019 Cricket World Cup final win over New Zealand - was returning to be with his unwell father, former Kiwis rugby league prop Ged Stokes, in Christchurch. "It's easy to curse yourself when you've lost".

The consensus back then was that Shan's place in the team owed something to the fact that he was from a wealthy family - one of Pakistan cricket's less appealing traditions, it has to be said.

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The 23-year-old Essex batsman has scored 3804 runs and captured nine wickets in 70 first class matches.

He will subsequently miss the remaining two encounters with Pakistan in Southampton, which gets under way on Thursday and Friday at the Ageas Bowl.

"Sure, we need to improve 10 to 15 percent and deal with pressure situations a little better but we shouldn't be mentally down", said Misbah. It was a fight down to the wire, with England having to chase 277 for victory, and with loads of time in which to do it, they appeared quite vulnerable at 117/5.

Pakistan captain Azhar Ali has an opportunity to become the fifth player from the nation with 6,000 Test runs.

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"They are a very good attack - they have got a bit of everything", Sibley told reporters on Tuesday. "We still need to improve, of course, but overall we fought really well against a top team in our first worldwide fixture for six months".

Pakistan quicks Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Afridi and teenage rising star Naseem Shah all bowled well in Manchester.

"But at the same time I do feel that I've got a lot more to give". "But let's see how everybody is feeling just before the match, how the conditions are and we will decide accordingly".

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