England with much to prove in home Tests

England vs Pakistan Live Score 1st Test Day 1

England vs Pakistan Live Score 1st Test Day 1 Joe Root and Sarfraz Ahmed pose together with the trophy

England has won the toss and chosen to bat first in the first test against Pakistan at Lord's.

The last time these sides met at cricket's spiritual home it was Pakistan who ran out winners, a victory extravagantly and amusingly celebrated with a team display of press ups on the Lord's outfield.

Pakistan arrive with one Test match already under their belts, their topsy-turvy clash with new boys Ireland that nearly got away from them but did ultimately end in their success.

In an inexperienced side much of the responsibility for runs will fall on the shoulders of Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq, while an upturn in form from captain Sarfraz Ahmed would also be timely.

Rahat Ali has been replaced by the Hasan Ali from the playing XI that beat Ireland in the one-off Test by five wickets.

A toothless bowling attack, brittle opening batting partnership and callow spin options leave England with much to prove in the home Tests against Pakistan.

England vs Pakistan Live Score 1st Test Day 1
England vs Pakistan Live Score 1st Test Day 1 England players in training before first Test

Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Muhammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Muhammad Abbas.

England meanwhile appear once again to be at the start of a new era - for those of you struggling to keep score this seems to happen pretty much at the start of every season - this time the fresh start comes via the introduction of Ed Smith as the new national selector. This series promises to be make or break for his global ambitions.

One of those new players was Test debutant Imam-ul-Haq.

The England line-up includes: Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman, Joe Root (c), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Mark Wood, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.

Jack Leach played against New Zealand and looked promising but he was ruled out with a broken thumb and England have called up uncapped 20-year-old Dominic Bess.

"If you see England's last four months they are not good for them", said Sarfraz.

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