England v Pakistan 1st Test, Live: Visitors resume batting after lunch

Jul, 14 2016 IST

  • 17:38 (IST)

    LUNCH DAY ONE After 26 overs,Afghanistan 112/3 ( Mohammad Shahzad (W) 59 , Asghar Stanikzai (C) 25)

  • 15:46 (IST)

    Cricket fans across the world will have to wait to see Mohammad Amir in action as Paksiatn have won the toss and opted to bat first at Lord's

  • 15:45 (IST)

    Here is how the two teams have lined up for opening test. Big news is obviously Mohammad Amir's return to Lord's

    England XI: Cook (c), Hales, Root, Vince, Ballance, Bairstow (wk), Moeen, Woakes, Broad, Finn, Ball. (12th man: Roland-Jones)

    Pakistan XI: Hafeez, Mashood, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq (c), Shafiq, Ahmed (wk), Amir, Riaz, Shah, Rahat Ali.

  • 15:23 (IST)

    Hello and welcome to the LIVE coverage of the first test between England and Pakistan at the Lord's. Please stay tuned for Live score and updates of the game.

Preview:  With England taking on Pakistan and India locking horns with the West Indies, the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test rankings may be heading for some major changes in the near future.

England are presently just a rung below Pakistan in the rankings with 111 points. This means that margins of 2-1 or 1-0 win will be enough for the Three Lions to jump over Pakistan. The results would also mean Pakistan slipping down to 107 points while England will be at 110.

Mohammad Amir returns to Lord's as England take on Pakistan. AFP

Mohammad Amir returns to Lord's as England take on Pakistan. AFP

If England grab a 2-0 or 3-1 series win, it will tie second-placed India at 112 points. In case Alastair Cook's men are able to capitalise on the home advantage even better, they can propel themselves to second position with a 3-0 or 4-0 win.

Pakistan also have a chance of piping India and take the second spot if they win the series by a 2-1 or 3-1 margin.

The Misbah-ul-Haq-led side have only once reached the No.2 place since the official rankings were launched in 2003. That was in November last year when Pakistan beat England 2-0 in the United Arab Emirates.

Pakistan also have an opportunity to knock off Australia from the top spot if they win 3-0. However, their best performance till date in England has been a 2-0 win in a three-Test series in 1996.

England and Pakistan lock horns in a four-Test series, starting with the first match at Lord's on Thursday.

Published Date: Jul 14, 2016 06:10 pm | Updated Date: Jul 14, 2016 06:15 pm

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