After suffering defeat in the opening test of the series against Pakistan thanks to a fourth day batting collapse, England will welcome back Jimmy Anderson, Ben Stokes and Adil Rashid into their squad for the second test starting this week. England will quickly have turned their attention to events at Old Trafford, as they look to level the four match series ahead of the final two matches at Edgbaston and The Oval. England were dismissed for just 207 on their way to defeat at Lords, as the controversial Mohammad Amir let his cricket do the talking in taking the crucial final wicket. Anderson could well take the place of Lords debutant Jake Ball, with the Nottinghamshire man picking up a slight injury during the first test.
Although the tourists gained a narrow opening victory, England are still the 11/10 favourites with bookmakers Coral, with Pakistan at 7/4 in the cricket at Coral odds. Pakistan were overjoyed with their surprise victory at Lords, with their now notorious post-match celebration having gained much publicity. The team dropped to the Lords turf to show off their press up ability, in reference to a pre-tour army style training camp, perhaps offering England further motivation for the rest of the tour. With much to play for in the rest of the series, England are 2/5 on with Coral to hold a first innings lead at Old Trafford.
Having failed to deliver during England’s second innings, Joe Root will be looking to find his form once more at Old Trafford as the home side go in search of victory. Root is 11/4 with Coral to be his sides leading runs scorer in the test match, with Captain Alastair Cook at 3/1 following his first innings score of 81 at Lords last time around. On his likely return to action, Anderson is 5/2 with Coral to be England’s leading wicket taker at Old Trafford, with the Lancashire man currently third in the ICC test bowler rankings behind India’s Ravichandran Ashwin and Pakistan’s Yasir Shah.
Elsewhere for England, Andrew Strauss is set sack England’s selectors at the end of the season after Anderson’s controversial omission at Lord’s. Cook and coach Trevor Bayliss were both keen for Anderson to play, however selectors overruled the bowler’s belief that he had fully recovered from a shoulder injury.