The First Test Match for the Jazz Cup 2012 between Pakistan and the World No.1 Team England begins today at the beautiful Dubai International Cricket Stadium. This will be England’s first Test assignment ever since their 4-0 drubbing over India back home to clinch the World No.1 Test ranking.
England will begin as the favourites against Pakistan with a well settled team that is full of confidence. The tourists are well prepared after playing two 3-day matches at Dubai which they won apart from getting acclimatized to the oppressive heat conditions in this part of the world.
Pakistan are used to these conditions as the UAE has become their second home. Misbah-ul-Haq’s team is fresh from a Series victory in Bangladesh against a team that really doesn’t know how to win. So it shall be a tough contest against England – a team that is full of confidence in all the three departments of the game.
Following are the two squads for the First Jazz Cup Test at Dubai :
Pakistan :Misbah-ul-Haq (Captain), Abdur Rehman, Adnan Akmal (WK), Aizaz Cheema, Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Imran Farhat, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Talha, Saeed Ajmal, Taufeeq Umar, Umar Akmal, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz, Younis Khan
England :AJ Strauss (Captain), JM Anderson, IR Bell, RS Bopara, SCJ Broad, AN Cook, SM Davies (Wicket Keeper), ST Finn, EJG Morgan, G Onions, MS Panesar, KP Pietersen, MJ Prior (Wicket Keeper), GP Swann, CT Tremlett, IJL Trott