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England decide to bat first in Multan test

England captain Ben Stokes won the toss and decided to bat first in the second test match of the series played in Multan.

Pakistan made three changes on Friday due to additional injuries, which are already without pace spearhead Shaheen Shah Afridi, who will miss the series after having appendicitis surgery.

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Along with top-order batsman Azhar Ali, fast bowlers Naseem Shah and Haris Rauf are out.

They have been replaced by spinner Abrar Ahmed, and all-rounders Mohammad Nawaz and Faheem Ashraf.

The three-test series is currently 1-0 in favor of England, who on Thursday confirmed their lineup, replacing injured all-rounder Liam Livingstone with fast bowler Mark Wood.

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England’s captain Ben Stokes after winning the toss and choosing to bat said, “Have to wait and see what it (the pitch) offers but hopefully we can go out and establish the same sort of benchmark with the bat.”

Babar Azam, his Pakistani counterpart, stated that he too would have chosen to bat first. “The pitch appears to be dry, so we must bowl where it counts.”

Third and final test match between the two teams is scheduled in Karachi from Dec 17.

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