An emphatic Old Trafford victory put England back on track following their Lord's aberration and it may be a case of déjà vu for the tourists in Birmingham this week.

A trip to a partisan Edgbaston - a ground which has served England well in the past - is often a culture shock for visiting sides, but Pakistan are sure to have their own exuberant support on Wednesday.

However, that may not be enough for Misbah-ul-haq's side who continue to struggle for consistency with the bat, a scenario which may reoccur on a track likely to again suit England's in-form seamers. Although the hosts' attack is without the injured Ben Stokes, Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad are superbly complimented by a rampant Chris Woakes who should relish playing on his home ground given his brilliant summer to date.

A majestic double hundred from Joe Root at Manchester helped to breed confidence throughout a battling line-up which admittedly still remains brittle in places and yet to fully bed in as a unit. However, Yasir Shah was played with purpose and positivity - match figures of 1-266 are ample evidence of that - while the left armers were worn down to such an extent that Misbah tried manfully to protect main strike bowler Mohammed Amir towards the end of England's mammoth first innings.

The toss will again be a crucial factor with England keen to bat first and impart further scoreboard pressure on the likes of Younis Khan who looks as relaxed at the crease as Maria Sharapova opening her emails.

A weight of expectation continues to burden Misbah who has performed brilliantly in the main to absorb everything thrown in his direction. However, the fact remains Pakistan's batting yields a series of cameo knocks at best when he doesn't fire and breezy 30s and 40s aren't enough to form a match-winning total if the Misbah glue fails to hold the innings together.

Pakistan's openers have repeatedly failed to provide their side with any stability or establish a base at the top of the order and there looked likeely to be a change there until Jimmy Anderson’s bunny Shan Masood scored confidence boosting runs at Worcester last week.

The only let up for the visiting batters appears to be when Moeen Ali enters the attack, but some second innings wickets in Manchester should have boosted his confidence and Pakistan were arguably guilty of playing him recklessly in their desperation to dominate his off spin. England can call on a number of options for Stokes' replacement with the impressive Jake Ball appearing set for a recall, but it is a confident Woakes who is fancied to edge out Anderson for the bowling honours.

Alastair Cook, who along with Root contributed 526 of England’s 762 runs at Old Trafford, was in such good form in Manchester that he was seen employing the lesser-spotted straight drive so could be in line for another big score.

I thought Amir was unlucky not to land our treble in the last Test as he was by far and away the most threatening Pakistan bowler so he could gain his just rewards in the second city this week.

England to win the Test - 2pts @ 8/13
Alistair Cook top England batsman - 1pt @ 3/1
Chris Woakes top England bowler - 1pt @ 3/1
Mohammed Amir top Pakistan bowler - 1pt @ 5/2