England will take on Pakistan in the first Test at Lord's beginning 24th May
As the Twenty20 season nears its end, the first Test match of the new English season is just a week away as England is scheduled to take on Pakistan in the first Test at Lord’s.
England begins their summer with a Test series against Pakistan who had a memorable Test series last time they toured the United Kingdom (UK). Pakistan drew the four-match series 2-2 under the leadership of now-retired Misbah Ul-Haq.
Pakistan is coming on the back of a lone Test victory against the newbies Ireland in the longest format.
However, Ireland gave them a scare in the second innings but the Asian giant avoided any major upset.
England, on the other hand, will return to Test match cricket after facing a drubbing at the hands of their arch-rivals, Australia in the Ashes.
The Three Lions lost the Ashes series 4-0 and their batting was heavily criticized for failing to perform on important occasions.
However, the England management have thought of a rectification in their batting line up and have decided to bring their captain Joe Root up to the number three position in the batting order.
Since, taking up captaincy from Alastair Cook, Root had moved down to the number four position but the captain now believes it is time for him to take more responsibility in the national fold.
“I think it’s an opportunity for me to take on a bit more responsibility at the top of the order,” Root said at the launch of England’s 2018 kit. I’ve had a year in the captaincy now and I feel I’ve gained enough experience to feel comfortable doing that,” Telegraph quotes Root.
“For me it was getting used to the captaincy and making sure I could separate the two; that my full focus was on my batting when it came around,” Root asserted.
Root’s Test best of 254 also came at the number three position against Pakistan in 2016.
“I did it (number three) for one game in New Zealand and it didn’t work out there but this is a great opportunity to do it at home and it’s a great opportunity moving forward. Ultimately nothing will change about the way I go about my batting. I will look to have that hunger and desire to make really big runs,” Root statted.
England recently picked up both Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler in their squad with Joe Root aiming big for the home series.
Bairstow will bat number five position while Buttler has been picked up as a specialist batsman at number seven.
“He has done some very special things in one-day and T20 cricket and won games when he has been under pressure. Now there is an opportunity for him to do that in Test cricket. I can see him putting a lot of bums on seats. That is very exciting for me. He can change a game in half an hour with the bat,” he concluded.