Duckett and Livingstone step up as England bring Bazball to Pakistan | Ali Martin

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First Test series hosted by Pakistan against England for 17 years has generated goodwill over tourists’ bold approach

Ben Stokes is an England captain keen to do things differently. It includes showing his hand early and in the case of the historic series opener against Pakistan, starting on Thursday in bustling Rawalpindi, this means a debut for Liam Livingstone and what may well feel similar for Ben Duckett after a six-year absence.

But then everything feels very new for England right now as they shuttle between hotel and ground in a convoy of armoured vehicles. The 17-year absence from Pakistan means even Jimmy Anderson is light on knowledge. The 40‑year‑old father of the house admitted he was “racking his brains” for any memories of being 12th man in 2005 that could help England to win only a third series in these parts.

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Written by Ali Martin in Rawalpindi
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2022/nov/29/cricket-england-pakistan-preview-duckett-livingstone-stokes under the title “Duckett and Livingstone step up as England bring Bazball to Pakistan | Ali Martin”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.