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Akmal dropped by Pakistan

Wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal is the latest to be dropped from the Pakistan team as they seek a winning formula in their Test series against England - which concludes at Lord's.

Akmal's place in the team for the second Test, at Edgbaston, has gone to Test debutant Zulqarnain Haider.

This comes just days after experienced leg-spinner, Danish Kaneria, was dropped from the team. His place in the squad went to 18-year-old spinner Raza Hasan.

With that influx of youth Pakistan also moved to shore up their middle order, as well as adding experience to the side, by calling on Mohammad Yousuf.

Yousuf was coaxed out of retirement and his 'lifetime ban', after the troubled tour of Australia, put to one side.

However, Yousuf only arrived in the UK on Wednesday - too late to parachute directly into the side for Edgbaston. Therefore it looks likely to be an ever more inexperienced side which takes on England in the second Test.

Akmal endured a torrid time at Trent Bridge, dropping one seemingly easily chance and fumbling several other wicket-taking opportunities.

Having been thrashed by 354 runs in the first Test (at Trent Bridge) Pakistan will be looking for a markedly improved performance.

England, on the other hand, will no doubt look to target Pakistan's lack of Test experience as they press for another victory.

The England squad is unchanged from victory at Trent Bridge which means one of their own less experienced players, Ajmal Shahzad, misses out again.

Shahzad was replaced in the 12-man squad at Trent Bridge after injuring his ankle in training. His Yorkshire team-mate, Tim Bresnan, retains his place in the squad, though England are likely to keep the same eleven.


Tickets are still available for all of the first four days of England v Pakistan at Lord's. Day five tickets at Lord's are not sold in advance.

Prices start at just £5 for under-16s, rising to £100 for the best adult tickets available.

The Test at Lord's will be England's last before this winter's Ashes Series in Australia. Make sure you're here to cheer your team on to an important victory.

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