LONDON: The first match in a two-Test series between Pakistan and England started here at Lords on Thursday. Till our going to press, England were 72 for three wickets after winning the toss at lunch on the first day of the first Test against.
Alastair Cook, in a record-equalling 153rd consecutive Test appearance, was 46 not out and Jonny Bairstow unbeaten on 10. Hasan Ali, the only change to the Pakistan side that beat Test debutants Ireland in Dublin last week, led the tourists´ attack with two wickets for 18 runs in seven overs.
Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes are in the playing XI. Dominic Bess makes his debut.
England (Playing XI): Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman, Joe Root(c), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow(w), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Stuart Broad, Mark Wood, Dominic Bess, James Anderson
Pakistan are playing the same side they fielded against Ireland. Pakistan (Playing XI): Azhar Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Haris Sohail, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed(w/c), Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Abbas