New Delhi: England captain Andrew Strauss won the toss and opted to bat in the first Test against Pakistan in Dubai on Tuesday.   

England, the number one Test side in the world, opted for three seamers and a lone spinner in Graeme Swann for the start of the three-Test series.   

Chris Tremlett was drafted in as the third seamer, alongside Stuart Broad and James Anderson.   

Pakistan, who are forced to play home matches in the Gulf region due to security problems in their country, included spinners Saeed Ajmal and Abdur Rehman in their side.    

The hosts bowling attack also featured quicks Umar Gul and Aizaz Cheema.   


Mohammad Hafeez, Taufeeq Umar, Azhar Ali, Younus Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Asad Shafiq, Adnan Akmal, Abdur Rehman, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Aizaz Cheema    

England: Andrew Strauss (captain), Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Eoin Morgan, Matt Prior, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Chris Tremlett.