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England win the toss and elect to bat first against Pakistan

Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed called incorrectly at Lord’s.

England will kick off their Test summer by batting first against Pakistan at Lord’s.

Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed called incorrectly at the toss and England counterpart Joe Root decided to post a score first in the opening NatWest Test.

Openers Alastair Cook and Mark Stoneman, who both struggled over the winter, will get an early chance to bat under grey skies in London.

In England’s remaining selection issue, paceman Mark Wood was preferred to all-rounder Chris Woakes in England’s team for the first of the two-Test series.

Spinner Dom Bess had already been assured of his England debut while Jos Buttler returned to the Test arena for the first time since 2016.

The visitors picked seamer Hasan Ali ahead of left-armer Rahat Ali in their team.

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