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Your guide to tourists Pakistan’s squad ahead of their three-match Test series against England

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After coming from behind to beat West Indies in the Wisden Trophy, England face another three-match Test series, this time against Pakistan.

The first Test takes places at Old Trafford and starts on Wednesday, with Joe Root’s side having failed to beat the visitors in the longest format since 2010.

But what sort of threat will Misbah ul-Haq’s side bring with bat and ball? Sportsmail’s Richard Gibson runs you through the tourists’ squad. 

Misbah ul-Haq's Pakistan side will play England in a three Test-match series from Wednesday

Misbah ul-Haq's Pakistan side will play England in a three Test-match series from Wednesday

Misbah ul-Haq’s Pakistan side will play England in a three Test-match series from Wednesday

Batsmen 

Azhar Ali (captain, top-order batsman)

Stands fifth on Pakistan’s list of Test centurions with 16 and is a greatly respected cricketer, not least by those who have shared a Somerset dressing room with him. The rock of the tourists’ batting and its veteran at 35, he will be key to their chances of posting the kind of scores to put England under pressure.

Abid Ali (opening batsman)

Rewarded for plugging away in domestic cricket with a debut at the age of 32 last December. Struck hundreds in successive Tests versus Sri Lanka as Test cricket returned to Pakistan for the first time since 2009.

Imam-ul-Haq (opening batsman)

Pakistan’s Shai Hope. Seven one-day international hundreds and an average of 53.84 from the nephew of Inzamam is bettered by only three players in history, a record incongruous with his struggles in the Test arena where his numbers have hovered in the mid-20s. Here as back-up opener.

Azhar Ali is Pakistan's Test captain and has huge respect from within the dressing room

Azhar Ali is Pakistan's Test captain and has huge respect from within the dressing room

Azhar Ali is Pakistan’s Test captain and has huge respect from within the dressing room

Shan Masood (opening batsman)

In and out of the team for the past seven years but is making the most of his latest stint in the XI: of his three career hundreds, two came in his last two appearances. However, his nemesis awaits. James Anderson has dismissed the left-hander in all six of his Test innings against England.

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Babar Azam (middle-order batsman)

Abundantly talented stroke-player who appears to have shed his one-day specialist tag since Misbah assumed the reins. Averages in excess of 100 in his last five Tests, a period which includes an away series in Australia. Extremely easy on the eye.

Asad Shafiq (middle-order batsman)

Organised and compact batsman who has proved a thorn in England’s side in the past — this will be his fifth series against them. Places a high price on his wicket. Now approaching his mid-30s, he emerged from the Karachi tape-ball competition to forge a successful first-class and international career.

Fawad Alam (batsman)

Compared, unflatteringly, to Mark Ramprakash by former national selector Inzamam-ul-Haq for a failure to take his chance at international level, Fawad is in line for a recall at No 6 after 11 years away. Like Ramprakash, he has dominated domestically, averaging an eye-watering 56.78 in first-class cricket.

Babar Azam is extremely easy on the eye and has an abundance of talent with bat in hand

Babar Azam is extremely easy on the eye and has an abundance of talent with bat in hand

Babar Azam is extremely easy on the eye and has an abundance of talent with bat in hand

Wicketkeepers 

Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper-batsman)

Long-term understudy to Sarfaraz, he has come to prominence in the past 12 months following a sustained period of good form with Pakistan A. Technically-sound gloveman and a batsman with the versatility to play the situation at No 7.

Sarfaraz Ahmed (wicketkeeper)

Holds fond memories of cricket in the UK, having led Pakistan to Champions Trophy glory here three years ago. No longer a first-choice pick in the Test team, however, having been axed as captain and dropped from the squad on the eve of his 50th cap last autumn.

Sarfraz Ahmed led Pakistan to Champions Trophy victory against India at The Oval in 2017

Sarfraz Ahmed led Pakistan to Champions Trophy victory against India at The Oval in 2017

Sarfraz Ahmed led Pakistan to Champions Trophy victory against India at The Oval in 2017

Bowlers 

Naseem Shah (fast bowler)

Pakistan’s latest fast-bowling find, unearthed from a village in the foothills of the Himalayas. Aged just 16 when he was handed a Test debut in Brisbane last November, and just days after the death of his mother, he has since become the youngest bowler in Test history to take a hat-trick. Capable of 90mph spells and skilful to boot.

Shaheen Afridi (fast bowler)

No relation to Shahid Afridi, although his elder brother Riaz was a predecessor as an international bowler. An established member of the Pakistan squad across three formats despite being just 20. Standing at 6ft 6in, his stock delivery into the ribs of the right-hander from over the wicket will pose a different challenge for Dom Sibley.

Usman Shinwari (fast bowler)

Another left-armer whose route to the Test team came through long-term recognition as a limited-overs specialist. Back injuries have dogged the 26-year-old in the past. British television audiences will recognise him from a couple of seasons at Australia’s Big Bash League.

Naseem Shah has become the youngest bowler in Test match history to take a hat-trick

Naseem Shah has become the youngest bowler in Test match history to take a hat-trick

Naseem Shah has become the youngest bowler in Test match history to take a hat-trick

Sohail Khan (swing bowler)

Something of an English conditions specialist, who will sit in reserve to Abbas. Claimed two five-wicket hauls in the drawn series here four years ago and at the age of 36 is coming to the end of an international career of just nine matches.

Mohammad Abbas (seamer)

Highly-skilled seam bowler with an old-fashioned principle of making the batsman play. Ransacked England’s batting at Lord’s two years ago to lead the Pakistanis to a stunning first-Test win. Plenty of experience in English conditions courtesy of one and a half seasons with Leicestershire.

Yasir Shah (leg-spinner)

Pakistan hope the British air will reinvigorate Yasir, whose performances here on his last tour were integral to the tourists’ twin wins in the capital. He took 10 wickets at Lord’s and another five at the Kia Oval but has struggled for breakthroughs on recent overseas assignments, taking five in four matches versus South Africa and Australia.

Shadab Khan (leg-spinner)

A fine all-round cricketer and arguably Pakistan’s best fielder. However, he is primarily with this squad as deputy to fellow leggie Yasir Shah and may have to settle for a place on the bench until the Twenty20 series begins later this month.

Yasir Shah's performances on his last tour were integral to the tourists' wins in London

Yasir Shah's performances on his last tour were integral to the tourists' wins in London

Yasir Shah’s performances on his last tour were integral to the tourists’ wins in London

Misbah-ul-Haq (coach)

Oversaw a 3-0 clean sweep of England back in 2012 and won many admirers for the way he led Pakistan during the 2-2 draw here in 2016. Now orchestrates things from off the field after signing a three-year deal for the dual role of head coach and national selector 10 months ago. 

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Gonzalo Higuain completes free transfer to David Beckham’s Inter Miami MLS franchise

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Inter Miami have completed the signing of Gonzalo Higuain on a free transfer after he left Serie A champions Juventus.

The 32-year-old striker will join the MLS side, owned by David Beckham, as a designated player – after he agreed a £2.3m payoff with Juventus to terminate his contract a year early.

Higuain will join Argentine compatriot Matias Pellegrini and the Mexican midfielder Rodolfo Pizarro as the team’s highest-paid squad members.

Gonzalo Higuain has started training at Inter Miami after agreeing his move to the club

Gonzalo Higuain has started training at Inter Miami after agreeing his move to the club

Gonzalo Higuain has started training at Inter Miami after agreeing his move to the club

David Beckham has spoken about attracting Europe's biggest players to his MLS franchise

David Beckham has spoken about attracting Europe's biggest players to his MLS franchise

David Beckham has spoken about attracting Europe’s biggest players to his MLS franchise

Nicknamed the ‘Beckham Rule’, the designated player option allows team in the MLS to sign up to three players outside of their salary cap.

Higuain joined training for the club on Friday and in a statement thanked Inter Miami for the effort made to sign him. 

He said: ‘I think it will be a beautiful experience in my life. It’s what I was looking for – a new experience, a new league and a beautiful city.

‘I’m really happy to be here and that it’s official. My goal is to try to transmit all the experience I acquired in Europe and to help the team grow.’

Former Real Madrid and Chelsea striker Higuain, joined Juventus in 2016, where he scored 66 goals in 149 games in all competitions.  

‘There were many battles together, many goals scored, with many often decisive. Now the paths of Higuain and Juventus go their separate ways,’ Juventus said in a statement announcing they had terminated the 32-year-old’s contract one year early. 

The Miami Herald previously claimed the striker will earn a base salary of £5.45m ($7m) at Inter and has signed a contract that will take him to the summer of 2022. 

Higuain follows former Juventus team mate Blaise Matuidi in Miami, and he will also be playing in the same league as his older brother, Federico Higuain, who plays for D.C. United.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was the highest-paid MLS player in 2019 but has now re-joined AC Milan after leaving LA Galaxy last year.

Higuain joins Inter Miami after his contracted with Juventus was terminated one-year early

Higuain joins Inter Miami after his contracted with Juventus was terminated one-year early

Higuain joins Inter Miami after his contracted with Juventus was terminated one-year early

Figures released by the MLS Player Association suggest the Swedish striker, 38, earned a base salary of £5.6m ($7.2m) in 2019.

That put him slightly ahead of Toronto duo Michael Bradley on £4.7m ($6m base) and Jozy Altidore on £3.8m ($4.9m base). 

Inter Miami are in desperate need of a goalscorer for their debut MLS season, with all seven of their losses so far coming via a single-goal margin.

They currently sit bottom of the Eastern Conference after just two wins in 11 games.

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Konta splits with coach Hogstedt following third-round loss to Muguruza at the Italian Open

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Johanna Konta has split from coach Thomas Hogstedt and is out of the Italian Open after a third-round loss to Garbine Muguruza.

The British No 1, who reached the final in Rome last year in a breakthrough performance on clay, has had a number of close battles with Muguruza in the past but this was much more straightforward for the Spaniard, who came through 6-4, 6-1

Swede Hogstedt is one of the most experienced coaches on the WTA Tour, having previously worked with illustrious names like Maria Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki.

Johanna Konta went down 6-4, 6-1 against Spaniard Garbine Muguruza in Rome on Friday

Johanna Konta went down 6-4, 6-1 against Spaniard Garbine Muguruza in Rome on Friday

Johanna Konta went down 6-4, 6-1 against Spaniard Garbine Muguruza in Rome on Friday

The partnership raised a few eyebrows, with former British No 1 Laura Robson describing it as a ‘very weird choice’ because of their respective personalities.

Konta batted that away but appears to have concluded that they are not the right fit after all.

A spokesman for Konta said: ‘They were only working on a trial basis and they agreed to work together for the US swing and then assess going forward.’

The British No 1 revealed she has split from top coach Thomas Hogstedt (right)

The British No 1 revealed she has split from top coach Thomas Hogstedt (right)

The British No 1 revealed she has split from top coach Thomas Hogstedt (right)

Under Hogstedt, the British No 1 reached the semi-finals of the Western & Southern Open before losing in the second round of the US Open.

She will now begin preparations for the French Open, which begins on September 27.

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Jose Mourinho rages at Premier League and EFL with Tottenham facing possible NINE games in 22 days

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Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has fired a broadside at the Premier League and EFL as his team prepare to play three times in a week on multiple fronts.

Spurs are having to negotiate the Europa League qualifying rounds by winning three matches to get into the group stage, with Premier League and League Cup matches also in the mix.

After returning from Bulgaria where they beat Lokomotiv Plovdiv on Thursday, Tottenham visit Southampton in the Premier League on Sunday and Leyton Orient in the League Cup on Tuesday before a trip to Macedonia to play Shkendija on Thursday.

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Jose Mourinho has hit out at the Premier League and the EFL over Tottenham’s fixture pile-up

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Tottenham could play nine games in 22 days with all of their domestic and European exploits

‘The people who make these decisions, they forgot that one English team… could be Spurs, could be Wolves or Sheffield United or another one. They forgot this situation is not possible,’ Mourinho told reporters.

‘This is a joke… a total joke, but here we go. We were very, very lucky that Leyton Orient beat Plymouth because Plymouth would be very, very far for us.

‘Saturday we will be in Southampton, Wednesday we will be flying again to Macedonia and so on and so on. It’s quite dramatic but I would prefer to be in this competition (Europa League) so let’s fight until we can.’

Mourinho also grumbled at the fact that Sunday’s Premier League match would be kicking off at 12 pm, giving the squad less time to rest after returning to London early on Friday.

‘We are going to try to recover the best we can,’ Mourinho added. ‘The game could be 5 pm or 6 pm to give us more time. But no, it’s 12 pm and that’s another great decision – so it has to be, it has to be.’

Spurs played in Bulgaria on Thursday and now have games on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday

Spurs played in Bulgaria on Thursday and now have games on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday

Spurs played in Bulgaria on Thursday and now have games on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday

The congested schedule of matches will be a concern for Mourinho after already lamenting his players’ lack of fitness and ‘lazy press’ in their Premier League opening day defeat against Everton last Sunday after a shorter-than-usual pre-season.

Paul Balsom, who is head of sports science and performance innovation at Leicester and also works with the Sweden national team, previously told Sportsmail he believes that the congested calendar – brought about by the suspension of football last spring due to the coronavirus pandemic – is unsustainable over the long term.

‘Nine games in 26-27 days – that’s too much. We know that players won’t able to recover sufficiently. Maybe a centre-back could cope but for an explosive forward, a player like Jamie Vardy, it’s too much given the pace of the modern game’, said Balsom on the congested schedule.

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