England ~~A~~ win toss and bat against Pakistan

Published: Thursday, July 6, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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England:England 'A' captain Robert Key won the toss and elected to bat at the St Lawrence Ground here in a four-day match against Pakistan, the tourists' final encounter before next week's first Test with England at Lord's.

Pakistan made four changes to the team that beat Leicestershire by eight wickets in a three-day match at Grace Road concluded Monday.

Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq returned in place of vice-captain Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf took the place of fellow batsman Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq came in for fellow all-rounder Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Asif was given a pace spot ahead of seamer Shahid Nazir.

In the England 'A' side there were nine players with international experience - including current Test regulars Alastair Cook and Matthew Hoggard - in an XI led by former Test batsman Robert Key, appearing on his Kent home ground.

The first of a four-match Test series stars at Lord's a week on Thursday.

England A: Robert Key (Kent, capt), Alastair Cook (Essex), Ian Bell (Warwickshire), Owais Shah (Middlesex), Ravi Bopara (Essex), James Dalrymple (Middlesex), Alex Loudon (Warwickshire), Chris Read (Nottinghamshire, wkt), Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire), Matthew Hoggard (Yorkshire), Stuart Broad (Leicestershire)

Pakistan: Imran Farhat, Salman Butt, Faisal Iqbal, Mohammad Yousuf, Inzamam-ul-Haq (capt), Kamran Akmal (wkt), Abdul Razzaq, Mohammad Sami, Umar Gul, Mohammad Asif, Danish Kaneria

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