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England v Pakistan: Mark Wood comes in for second Test as replacement for Liam Livingstone

England bring in Mark Wood for second Test against Pakistan as a replacement for the injured Liam Livingstone – with captain Ben Stokes sticking with Ollie Pope behind the stumps as they look to seal series win

  • England have brought in fast bowler Mark Wood for second test against Pakistan 
  • He will come in for the injured Liam Livingstone as they look to seal a series win 
  • Ben Stokes has also kept Ollie Pope at wicketkeeper after his impressive display  

England have made only one change for Friday morning’s second Test against Pakistan at Multan, bringing in fast bowler Mark Wood for the injured Liam Livingstone. It means Ollie Pope keeps the gloves ahead of Ben Foakes after an impressive display behind the stumps at Rawalpindi.

The move weakens the batting, with Ollie Robinson due to come in as high as No 8, but gives Ben Stokes an extra option with the ball, after England at times felt a seamer light during the first Test.

And though Livingstone was unable to bowl his both-ways spin at all in Rawalpindi after picking up a tour-ending knee injury in the field, it means Jack Leach will only be backed up by the part-time off-breaks of Will Jacks – who took six wickets on his Test debut in Pakistan’s first innings – and Joe Root.

He replaces the injured Liam Livingstone

Fast bowler Mark Wood (L) has been drafted in for England ahead of their second Test against Pakistan – replacing the injured Liam Livingstone (R)

England are looking to seal a series win over Pakistan after a superb display in the first Test

England are looking to seal a series win over Pakistan after a superb display in the first Test

But Stokes insisted that the decision to stick with Pope, who made a century at Rawalpindi as well as holding six catches and completing a stumping, had no longer-term ramifications for Foakes, whom he has previously described as the best wicketkeeper in the world.

Foakes missed out in Rawalpindi after he was the only member of the playing squad not to recover from a bug that had swept through the tourists’ camp and threatened to delay the start of the game. Now, he’s paying the price.

‘The communication to Ben was that the real positive for him to take out of this selection is that it’s just for this Test match,’ said Stokes. ‘Foakesy still is the No 1 gloveman in England, and I’ll still keep saying it that he’s the best keeper in the world.

Ben Stokes is also keeping Ollie Pope at wicketkeeper after a top display behind the stumps

Ben Stokes is also keeping Ollie Pope at wicketkeeper after a top display behind the stumps

‘It must sound a bit silly to not be picking him, but you’ve got to look at the conditions we face out here. Pakistan is a very hard place to come and bowl. Adding Mark Wood into the side gives us the best opportunity to take 20 wickets.

‘That’s what we came here to do, we came here to try and win games of cricket, not be concerned, especially going into this game with a 1-0 lead. 

‘We want to keep continuing to press the way that we play and we felt bringing Woody into the team was the best opportunity for us to do that out here in this specific Test match.’

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