Test Match cricket returns to Edgbaston in just over two months as England take on Pakistan on Wednesday 3 – Sunday 7 August in this summer holiday. Alastair Cook will lead his men against Misbah-ul-Haq and his side who won the last Test Match series between these two sides. As we countdown to another thrilling encounter at Edgbaston, we take a look at previous matches at Edgbaston between these two heavyweights in International cricket.
England hold an impressive record at Edgbaston with only one Test Match loss in 14 years
Edgbaston has hosted seven Test Matches between England and Pakistan with the scores currently standing at four England wins, three draws, and Pakistan yet to register a win in Birmingham. England hold an impressive record at Edgbaston with only one Test Match loss in 14 years and will be looking to add another victory to their tally against Pakistan.
In this new edition, we look at the 1982 Test Match which England won by 113 runs against Imran Khan’s Pakistan.
England: Bob Willis, Bob Taylor, Geoff Miller, Derek Randall, Sir Ian Botham, Mike Gatting, David Gower, Chris Tavare, Allan Lamb, Ian Greig and Eddie Hemmings.
Pakistan: Wasim Bari, Wasim Raja, Imran Khan, Zaheer Abbas, Mohsin Khan, Mudassar Nazar, Sikander Bakht, Mansoor Athtar, Javed Miandad, Tahir Naqqash and Abdul Qadir.
England won the toss and elected to bat with Derek Randall and Chris Tavare opening the batting. Pakistan took early wickets with Randall being bowled by Imran Khan for 17 and Lamb falling for just 6 runs. It was England’s Chris Tavare (54), David Gower (74) and Geoff Miller (47) who were the best performers and guided England to a respected 272 all out. Imran Khan was Pakistan’s best bowler taking unbelievable figures of 7 wickets for just 52 runs.
Pakistan were eventually bowled out for 251 but were only 21 runs behind England
In response, Pakistan lost a wicket in only the second ball of the match with Mudassar Nazar being trapped lbw by Sir Ian Botham. The visitors looked to rebuild but kept losing wickets every time a player looked to settle in – Khan (26), Akhtar (58), Miandad (30), Abbas (40) and Raja (26) all started off brightly but none were able to convert this into a big score to give Pakistan a first innings lead. Pakistan were eventually bowled out for 251 but were only 21 runs behind England’s score going into the second innings. The match was in the balance and both teams would have fancied their chances!
In the second innings, Derek Randall was the stand out player who hit a magnificent century as he struck 11 fours on his way to scoring 105 runs who was then bowled by Imran Khan. It was only Bob Taylor who contributed heavily with a knock of 54 runs. Taylor and Willis added 79 runs which is the highest partnership for a 10th wicket between these nations at Edgbaston. England scored 291 runs and set Pakistan 313 runs to win.
Pakistan looked beaten as they lost early wickets – Nazar (0), Akhtar (0), Miandad (10) and Abbas (4) gave their wickets cheaply and with the score 66-5, England were on course for another victory at Edgbaston. Imran Khan scored 65 and Naqqash added 39 before Pakistan were bowled out for 199 to give England victory by 133 runs.
Man Of The Match
Pakistan’s captain Imran Khan was given Man of the Match after a superb performance both with bat and bowl. No doubt England would have won by a much bigger margin if it was not for Khan who took 9 wickets in the match and scored 87 runs. Imran Khan played 88 Test Matches for his country, taking 361 wickets and scoring 3,807 runs in the process – he established himself as one of Pakistan’s all-time best cricket players!
Tickets on sale for this summer’s Test
You can snap up tickets for this summer’s Edgbaston Test between England and Pakistan by calling our ticket hotline number on 0844 847 1902 or simply clicking here. Tickets are on sale and are priced at just £6 for Under 16’s and £31 for Adults for a full day of International cricket.
We hope to see you this summer when these two nations take to the field for the eighth time at Edgbaston.