|Stokes eyes Wood’s tempo enhance for England in 2nd Pakistan Test|
England skipper Ben Stokes mentioned Thursday that the specific tempo of fit-again Mark Wood would assist counter dry and spin-friendly situations within the second Test towards Pakistan.
England is on a excessive after an exciting 74-run victory within the first Test and might be trying to take that momentum into the match in Multan, which begins Friday.
A assured Stokes mentioned the addition of Wood — who replaces the injured Liam Livingstone — will add some spice to the England bowling combine.
“Having somebody in your squad who can bowl at 150 kilometres per hour is a large bonus for any workforce world wide — particularly as Pakistan is a really arduous place to come back and win,” the England captain mentioned.
“Someone of his calibre will add to our skill to take 20 wickets.”
This can be Wood’s first Test since March. He missed the primary match in Rawalpindi with a hip harm.
Ollie Pope will proceed as wicketkeeper rather than Ben Foakes, who missed the Rawalpindi match after coming down with a thriller virus that swept by the visiting squad.
Jack Leach and Will Jacks — who shared 9 wickets on a dull Rawalpindi pitch — are England’s principal spin choices.
“The pitch is dry and it appears much more muggier right here than (Rawalpindi),” Stokes mentioned of the grassless high in Multan.
“You may see reverse swing coming right into a Test match so much earlier.”
The England skipper mentioned he anticipated Pakistan to come back again preventing to avoid wasting the three-Test collection, however added that his facet haven’t any plans to alter their ways.
“We could have the identical mindset over the subsequent 5 days and hopefully all the things we do can contribute to us leaving right here two-nil up,” he mentioned.
Pakistan skipper Babar Azam, in the meantime, mentioned he hoped for some assist from the Multan floor for his spinners.
“This one is dry and there might be spin and reverse swing — however it is advisable play at your finest to win,” he mentioned.
Pakistan has but to resolve if they may choose Faheem Ashraf or Mohammad Wasim Junior of their tempo assault for the second Test.