FACTBOX - England v Pakistan third Test

Last Updated: Aug 17, 2010, 08:49 AM IST

London: Pakistan return to south London on Wednesday for their first Test at the Oval since they became the only international team to forfeit a match four years ago.

Captain Inzamam-ul-Haq and his side refused to take the field after tea on the fourth day of the fourth and final Test after umpires Darrell Hair and Billy Doctrove awarded five penalty runs to England because they believed Pakistan had tampered with the ball.

The International Cricket Council sacked Hair from their elite umpires` panel and declared the match a draw even though the laws decreed that England had won. The decision was later rescinded and England were awarded the victory.

Pakistan, who must play all their fixtures abroad because of security concerns at home, trail 2-0 in the current four-match series after drawing 1-1 with Australia.

Key players:

England - Off-spinner Graeme Swann took six wickets in a Test innings for the first time in the second Test at Edgbaston after previously playing a bit part while the England pacemen destroyed the frail Pakistan batting.

Pakistan - Mohammad Yousuf, one of Pakistan`s myriad former captains, returns to the team after a brief international retirement following the spectacularly unsuccessful tour of Australia this year. He scored 128 in Pakistan`s only innings at the Oval in 2006.


A mixture of sunshine and clouds is forecast for the first two days with rain arriving on Friday.


England - Andrew Strauss (captain), Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood, Eoin Morgan, Matt Prior, Graeme Swann, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Steven Finn.

Salman Butt (captain), Imran Farhat, Azhar Ali, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Yousuf, Yasir Hameed, Umar Akmal, Umar Amin, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Amir, Danish Kaneria, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Asif, Tanvir Ahmed, Wahab Riaz.

Umpires: Steve Davis (Australia) and Tony Hill (New Zealand).

Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (Sri Lanka).

Match starts 1000GMT.

Bureau Report