Leeds - Ben Stokes was ruled out as Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed
won the toss and elected to bat against England in the second Test at
Headingley on Friday.
England all-rounder Stokes had been struggling with a torn
left hamstring and was ruled out on the morning of the match.
He was replaced by 19-year-old debutant left-arm seamer Sam
Curran as England made three changes in total to the side that suffered a
nine-wicket thrashing by Pakistan inside four days in the first Test of this
two-match series at Lord's.
Keaton Jennings replaced struggling opening batsman Mark
Stoneman and pace bowling all-rounder Chris Woakes came in for dropped fast
bowler Mark Wood.
Pakistan were forced into making one change, with
middle-order batsman Usman Salahuddin given a Test debut after Babar Azam
suffered a broken arm while facing Stokes at Lord's.
Sarfraz explained his decision to bat first by saying:
"It looks like a good pitch, a dry pitch, so hopefully we can post a good
England captain Joe Root, playing on his Yorkshire home
ground, added: "It's humid today so we might get swing and we have to use
what we get with a fresh pitch.
"We were below par in the last Test and the fact the
game has come around so quickly has helped us."
Curran was presented with his Test cap by Graham Thorpe,
England's one-day international batting coach.
"It was nice to give Sam his cap," Thorpe, a
former Surrey and England batsman, told BBC Radio's Test Match Special.
"To present it to a Surrey player, at his age, was
"He's a talented player. England's search for a
left-arm seamer is well documented and it's a great opportunity for Sam,"
If Pakistan avoid defeat, they will win their first Test
series in England since 1996.
England, who have lost six of their last eight Tests, are
looking to avoid a third straight series loss after reverses in Australia and
Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Joe Root (captain), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow (wkt), Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Dominic Bess, Sam Curran, Stuart Broad, James Anderson
Azhar Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Haris Sohail, Asad Shafiq, Usman Salahuddin, Sarfraz Ahmed (captain/wkt), Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Abbas
Umpires: Rod Tucker (AUS), Bruce Oxenford (AUS)
TV umpire: Paul Reiffel (AUS)
Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL)