It was an exciting start to the three-match series between England and Pakistan at Old Trafford, Manchester. England came from behind to register a memorable win by three wickets against the visitors. The hosts were down and out at one stage but partnership between Chris Woakes and Jos Buttler helped them in turning the corner.
We take a look at three contenders who can be the Man of the match for the second Test between England and Pakistan, which will take place at Ageas Bowl, Southampton from August 13.
Babar Azam – Pakistan Test vice-captain Babar Azam looked in fine touch in the first innings of the first Test match at Old Trafford, Manchester. Azam took some time in the initial stage of his knock but soon found the impetus. He played some glorious shots in his innings of 69 runs, which helped Pakistan dominate England on the first day.
Azam has been averaging more than 65 in the last 18 months in the Test fold and former England captains MIchael Vaughan and Nasser Hussain reckon that he has done enough to find a place in the ‘fab four’.
Ollie Pope – Ollie Pope has looked in fine form in the recent past. The right-hander is always looking to score his runs at an impressive strike rate. The flamboyant batsman scored a stylish 62 runs knock in the first innings of the first Test.
Pope had also scored a fine knock of 91 runs in the final Test match against the West Indies at Old Trafford, Manchester. The right-hander has a first-class average of more than 57 and he is ticking the right boxes at the top level.
Chris Woakes – Chris Woakes was at his best in the first Test match against Pakistan. The right-hander wasn’t in the best of the batting forms coming into this Test match but he was able to turn the tables when England needed him the most.
Woakes scored a blistering unbeaten knock of 84 runs to help England get over the line against Pakistan by three wickets. Furthermore, the swing fast bowler has bowled in the right areas in the recent past. He also scalped four wickets in the previous match and was awarded the Man of the match.