Pakistan win toss and bat against England

Published: Thursday, July 27, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Manchester:Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq won the toss and elected to bat in the second Test against England here.

England made one change to the team that drew the first Test at Lord's with fast bowler Sajid Mahmood, on his Lancashire home ground, recalled in place of injured Durham quick Liam Plunkett (side strain) after Gloucestershire seamer Jon Lewis was omitted from England's squad.

Pakistan welcomed back vice-captain Younis Khan after a knee injury saw the top-order batsman miss the series opener at Lord's.

He came in for dropped opener Salman Butt with wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal promoted to opener. As Younis was batting in his usual number three role, Faisal Iqbal, who batted first wicket-down at Lord's, was now at number six on the card.

This match was the second of a four-Test series.


England: Marcus Trescothick, Andrew Strauss (capt), Alastair Cook, Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood, Ian Bell, Geraint Jones (wkt), Sajid Mahmood, Matthew Hoggard, Stephen Harmison, Monty Panesar

Pakistan: Kamran Akmal (wkt), Imran Farhat, Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf, Inzamam-ul-Haq (capt), Faisal Iqbal, Abdul Razzaq, Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Sami, Umar Gul, Danish Kaneria

Umpires: Steve Bucknor (WIS), Simon Taufel (AUS), TV umpire: Ian Gould (ENG)

Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI)

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