The tour began on 3rd July and will continue until early September. It includes a number of friendly matches against counties such as Sussex, Somerset and Worcester. The four test matches are the first serious games, and they will be followed by a number of ODI games in Ireland and England during August and September.
The Test Matches
The first Investec Test match between England and Pakistan will take place from the 14th to the 18th July at the Oval. Four days later, the second four-day test begins on 22nd July, this time taking place at Old Trafford in Manchester. The third Investec Test will take place at Edgbaston, Birmingham, from the 3rd to the 7th August, and the fourth and final test match of the tour will be played out back at the Oval from the 11th to the 15th August.
Key Players for England include Stuart Broad, who will have to play without his long-term partner James Anderson, who has suffered a shoulder injury. In Anderson’s absence, much of the England team is made up of younger, less experienced players.
In addition to worrying about losing his partner, Broad has also expressed concern over the hard and unforgiving surface found at Lords. The Pakistan team is being plagued by similar worries. Only two of their batsmen, Younis Khan and Azhar, have played a test series in England before. In fact, Pakistan hasn’t played any test innings in England since 2010 and has been largely Asia-based since then.
As cricket fever hits the UK this summer while we all take a break from football, grassroots cricket is continuing to gain in popularity. Now that you can buy equipment such as cricket balls online, it’s easier than ever to get a taste of the game yourself.
The first test at the Oval is just days away and will be broadcast live on Sky Sports 2.