England vs Pakistan: 5 players from Pakistan to look out for in the 2nd Test
A closer look at the 5 Pakistani cricketers who will be closely followed by cricket fans during the 2nd Test at Headingley.
In the first Test at Lord’s, Pakistan were clinical as they dismantled England in just 3 and a half days of cricket.
The bowlers put on a masterclass in both innings, while the top order and the lower-order did enough to pretty much bat England out of the game.
They need to avoid defeat in the 2nd and the last Test at Headingley to walk away with a well-earned series victory. However, it remains to be seen if they actually play for the draw since such an approach can often backfire.
After all, 2-0 is better than 1-0 and perhaps they will go for the win again. There is no reason for them not to go for it considering their brilliant show in the 1st Test and it could make for a gripping Test match.
Pakistan almost always have excellent cricketers who can light up a game of cricket and the Test match at Headingley will be no exception. Here is a look at the 5 players from Pakistan who will be closely watched by cricket fans.
#5 Faheem Ashraf
The seam bowling all-rounder is a vital member of the Pakistani eleven and in the first Test match, Faheem Ashraf performed decently as the visitors recorded a famous win.
He is a steady bowler, who can fill in for the other fast bowlers during different passages of play and such attributes are extremely necessary for teams when they are playing away from home.
Although he took the vital wicket of Jonny Bairstow in the 1st innings, he would definitely like to add a few more wickets to his name in the 2nd Test.
As a batsman, Ashraf was crucial to the Pakistan batting effort in the 1st innings. He came in to bat at number 8 with Pakistan at 246 for 5 and then made an enterprising 37 to help them reach the eventual total of 363.
He is a very important player and in the 2nd Test, he would definitely like to make a bigger contribution to the team’s cause.