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Something always happens!? Eng v Pak

Joe Root has confirmed the team for the first Test Match vs Pakistan that starts tomorrow at Lords, with Dom Bess making his debut and Jos Buttler being recalled. England: Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman, Dawid Malan, Joe Root (c), Jonny Bairstow (w), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Dom Bess.          

Then the Pakistan squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (c, w), Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Amir, Rahat Ali, Saad Ali, Sami Aslam, Shadab Khan, Usman Salahuddin.

Something always happens when these two meet and there has been plenty of highlists over the years, whether it be controversies like match fixing, ball tampering, scuffing the pitch to outstanding matches and individual performances. Like England captain Joe Root's score of 254 back in 2016 at Old Trafford, which remains his highest test score.

Anyway, after a bad winter for England there is a few changes in their team, although under fire ex-captain Alastair Cook remains in the side to play in his 153rd consecutive match, which means he now equals Allan Border's record. Both Dawid Malan and Mark Stoneman also remain in the side and they will bat alongside Root, Bairstow and Stokes.

Somerset off break spinner Dom Bess comes in for his test debut to play alongside the pace bowlers of either Woakes, Wood, Broad and Anderson. Jos Buttler comes back into the side as a batsmen only to win his nineteenth cap after seventeen months of not being selected for the test side.

As well as the England vs Pakistan test series in the next month, there is also a test between the West Indies and Sri Lanka, as well as India playing Afghanistan in their inaugural test match.

MAY 2018

24 THU England v Pakistan at Lord's, 1st Test - day 1

25 FRI England v Pakistan at Lord's, 1st Test - day 2

26 SAT England v Pakistan at Lord's, 1st Test - day 3

27 SUN England v Pakistan at Lord's, 1st Test - day 4

28 MON England v Pakistan at Lord's, 1st Test - day 5

31 THU ICC World XI v West Indies T20I Match at Lord's, (night)

JUNE 2018

1 FRI England v Pakistan at Leeds, 2nd Test - day 1

2 SAT England v Pakistan at Leeds, 2nd Test - day 2

3 SUN England v Pakistan at Leeds, 2nd Test - day 3
Afghanistan v Bangladesh at Dehradun, 1st T20I (night)

4 MON England v Pakistan at Leeds, 2nd Test - day 4

5 TUE England v Pakistan at Leeds, 2nd Test - day 5
Afghanistan v Bangladesh at Dehradun, 2nd T20I (night)

6 WED West Indies v Sri Lanka at Port of Spain, 1st Test - day 1

7 THU West Indies v Sri Lanka at Port of Spain, 1st Test - day 2
Afghanistan v Bangladesh at Dehradun, 3rd T20I (night)

8 FRI West Indies v Sri Lanka at Port of Spain, 1st Test - day 3

9 SAT West Indies v Sri Lanka at Port of Spain, 1st Test - day 4

10 SUN West Indies v Sri Lanka at Port of Spain, 1st Test - day 5
Scotland v England at Edinburgh, Only ODI

12 TUE Scotland v Pakistan at Edinburgh, 1st T20I
Netherlands v Ireland at Rotterdam, 1st T20I Match

13 WED Scotland v Pakistan at Edinburgh, 2nd T20I
England v Australia at The Oval, 1st ODI (day/night)
Netherlands v Ireland at Rotterdam, 2nd Match

14 THU India v Afghanistan at Bengaluru, Only Test - day 1
West Indies v Sri Lanka at Gros Islet, 2nd Test - day 1

15 FRI India v Afghanistan at Bengaluru, Only Test - day 2
West Indies v Sri Lanka at Gros Islet, 2nd Test - day 2

16 SAT India v Afghanistan at Bengaluru, Only Test - day 3
West Indies v Sri Lanka at Gros Islet, 2nd Test - day 3
England v Australia at Cardiff, 2nd ODI
Ireland v Scotland at Deventer, 3rd T20I Match

17 SUN India v Afghanistan at Bengaluru, Only Test - day 4
West Indies v Sri Lanka at Gros Islet, 2nd Test - day 4
Ireland v Scotland at Deventer, 4th T20I Match

18 MON India v Afghanistan at Bengaluru, Only Test - day 5
West Indies v Sri Lanka at Gros Islet, 2nd Test - day 5

19 TUE England v Australia at Nottingham, 3rd ODI (day/night)
Netherlands v Scotland at Amstelveen, 5th T20I Match

20 WED Netherlands v Scotland at Amstelveen, 6th T20I Match

21 THU England v Australia at Chester-le-Street, 4th ODI (day/night)

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