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Pakistan looks for win

Mohammad Asif has urged Pakistan's batsmen to follow the example of England's Eoin Morgan as the tourists look for a series-levelling win in the second Test here at Edgbaston.

Pakistan suffered a 354-run thrashing in last week's first of four Tests at Trent Bridge, in a match where no top four batsman on either side made a fifty in any of the four innings.

But former Ireland left-hander Morgan, batting at No. 6, defied the swing-friendly conditions that saw England fast bowler James Anderson take a career-best 11 for 71, with a maiden Test century of 130 in the first innings.

Just hours after that match — which ended with Pakistan dismissed for 80, its lowest total against England — the tourists ended Mohammad Yousuf's international exile following an indefinite ban imposed after he led the team on its winless tour of Australia earlier this year.

England has concerns regarding star batsman Kevin Pietersen, who has now gone 22 innings without a Test century.

The teams: England: Andrew Strauss (capt.), Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood, Eoin Morgan, Matt Prior (wk), Graeme Swann, Stuart Broad, James Anderson and Steven Finn.

Pakistan (from): Imran Farhat, Salman Butt (capt.), Azhar Ali, Mohammad Yousuf, Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal (wk), Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Aamer, Mohammad Asif and Umar Amin . — AFP

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