Pakistan think-tank’s pre-Test decisions are starting to pay off handsomely

Team changes from Old Trafford have both worked rather well and the decision to insert England after winning the toss looks to have been an inspired one

It was not a good day for Joe Root to spill a catch at second slip, the sort that he was plucking out of the air without blinking at Old Trafford. Azhar Ali, who was on 38 at the time, was not exactly quick to capitalise, rather he was assiduously slow to do so except when Moeen Ali was bowling at him.

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