Birmingham: Pakistan Test captain Misbah ul Haq denied to reveal his final eleven for the most anticipated Test of the series starting tomorrow at Edgbaston, Birmingham.
Misbah, while addressing to the pre-match press conference, Misbah made it very clear that he was not going to break the news about his final squad for the third Test of four-match series, reported TheNewsGlobal.
“We are sure about who is playing but we don’t want the other team to know. They can keep guessing. We know our team and that is important.we are clear in our thinking,” Misbah said in response to a query about final xi.
However, source pry to the management have revealed that Pakistan is going to replace opener Shan Masood with young talent Sami Aslam, who has performed well with Pakistan A team.
ESPNcricinfo also backed our news by stating that “Sami Aslam, the 20-year-old batsman, is set to replace Shan Masood at the top of the order as Pakistan concede they can’t accommodate Anderson’s bunny any longer. There may also be a change in the pace attack, with consideration being given to Sohail Khan replacing Wahab Riaz.”
Pakistan (probable) –
1 Mohammad Hafeez, 2 Sami Aslam, 3 Azhar Ali, 4 Younis Khan, 5 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 6 Asad Shafiq, 7 Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), 8 Yasir Shah, Wahab Riaz/Sohail Khan, 10 Mohammad Amir, 11 Rahat Ali
On the other hand, England have already showed their cards by announcing that Steve Finn will replace injured Ben Stokes in the final eleven.
1 Alastair Cook (capt), 2 Alex Hales, 3 Joe Root, 4 James Vince, 5 Gary Ballance, 6 Jonny Bairstow (wk), 7 Moeen Ali, 8 Chris Woakes, 9 Stuart Broad, 10 Steven Finn, 11 James Anderson