A mindless bowling attack, and a hackneyed opening batting partnership as well as useless spin options made the England cricket team very much worried and nothing worked for them. They will have to prove their mettle in seven home tests against Pakistan and India starting on Thursday.Joe Root will lead the side at Lord’s in the first of two matches against Pakistan and the team is desperate to shrug off a heavy Ashes defeat in Australia and a shameful loss against New Zealand which have left England in a pitiable condition and the team has come to the fifth position in the world test rankings.The only good news for the hosts is that they usually play much better on the home turf than other countries. The climatic conditions and the pitch generally favour seam bowlers but Root does not want to take any chances . Veteran James Anderson, 35, and experienced all-rounder 31-year-old Stuart Broad are still the main pillars of the pace attack to restrict the Australian top order. Although they have taken more than 900 test wickets both of them are on the verge of their retirement. The England team management wants Mark Wood, their quickest bowler, Chris Woakes and Ben Stokes to shoulder more responsibility.The spin bowling option is also a matter of serious cvoncernm for the team managemrent Moeen Ali has been axed after his dmal in Australia where, shorn of confidence and unable to generate much turn, he never looked like taking many wickets.
Jack Leach played against New Zealand and looked promising but he was ruled out with a broken thumb and England have called up uncapped 20-year-old Dominic Bess.
He has taken only 63 first-class wickets and although he is a useful batsman and fine fielder, England may not select Bess at Lord’s if they opt for an all-seam attack.
Alastair Cook will open the batting in his 155th test alongside Mark Stoneman, a partnership which failed to convince in Australia or New Zealand and has been retained largely due to a lack of viable alternatives.
Cook has endured a lean run for the past 12 months, two double centuries including a superb unbeaten 244 in Melbourne bolstering his average amidst a run of low scores.
His footwork looked all at sea in New Zealand and the obdurate 33-year-old left-hander needs early runs to extend his prolific career.
Pakistan, seventh in the test rankings, rarely enjoy English conditions and a young team captained by wicket keeper
Sarfraz Ahmed is likely to include only four players who took part in their last series in England two years ago.
Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq are their most accomplished batsmen and Mohammad Amir will lead the pace attack.
Amir bowled superbly in last year’s Champions Trophy in England, inspiring Pakistan to an emphatic victory over India in the final, but he lacks proven support and the absence through injury of energetic leg-spinner Yasir Shah will be keenly felt.
Root, promoted up to number three in the batting order, will look to take advantage of his opponents’ frailties and nothing less than a convincing victory will do for England ahead of a more demanding five-test series against top-ranked India.