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Edgbaston Test: Misbah sends England in to bat after winning toss

BIRMINGHAM: Misbah-ul-Haq on Wednesday elected to bowl first against Alastair Cook-led England in the third of the four-Test series here.

Coming into the match after a 330-run drubbing at Old Trafford, the Pakistan Test skipper has made two changes in the line-up.

Twenty-year-old opener Sami Aslam replaces Shan Masood and Wahab Riaz makes way for right-arm fast-bowler Sohail Khan.

England were forced to make a change as Ben Stokes, who pulled his hamstring during the Old Trafford Test, was replaced by Steven Finn.

Pitch and Weather: The picturesque Edgbaston ground has been under a heavy cloud cover over the past few days, with reports of irregular showers coming in a day ago.

The last time the two Test nations contested in the longer format here, Pakistan were bowled out for a paltry 72 in the first innings that inspired Andrew Strauss-led England to a nine-wicket victory.

Teams

England: Alastair Cook (captain), Alex Hales, Joe Root, James Vince, Gary Ballance, Jonny Bairstow (wicketkeeper), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, Steven Finn, James Anderson

Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez, Sami Aslam, Azhar Ali, Younus Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed (wicketkeeper), Yasir Shah, Mohammad Amir, Sohail Khan, Rahat Ali

England’s home Test record

This will be England’s 500th home Test. Here’s England’s overall home Test record, a sequence of matches dating back to 1880:

  • Played: 499
  • Won: 206
  • Lost: 115
  • Drawn: 178
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