England v Pakistan: Who did BBC Sport users pick in the team for the first Test?

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England play a two-Test series against Pakistan before hosting India later this summer
England v Pakistan, first Test
Date: 24-28 May Time: 11:00 BST Venue: Lord's, London
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Stick or twist? That's the dilemma facing England's new national selector Ed Smith before the first Test of the summer against Pakistan.

England endured a difficult winter - they were winless in seven Test matches against Australia and then New Zealand - and there is still debate over what the side's best batting line-up is.

The squad is set to be announced on Tuesday at 15:00 BST and, with that in mind, we asked you to select your England XI for the first Test, which begins on 24 May at Lord's.

More than 50,000 of you chose your team. The 11 most-selected players make up the team and they are listed here in batting order.

1. Alastair Cook - picked by 85% of users

Despite his struggles in New Zealand - he finished the series with a 23 runs from four innings - an overwhelming 85% of people still want Cook to open the batting.

2. Mark Stoneman - 43%

Stoneman faces competition from Middlesex's Nick Gubbins and Surrey's Rory Burns when it comes to opening, but 47% of those who selected him saw him batting in the top two.

3. Joe Root - 98%

Whereas before the Ashes, people favoured a move up the order for Root, now 53% of those who picked him see his place at four, compared to 43% wanting him at three. In this final team, however, he is the most likely candidate for the number three spot.

4. Dawid Malan - 80%

Users were split on where Malan should bat: 35% of those who selected him saw his place at five, 23% wanted him at four and 18% placed him at three.

5. Jonny Bairstow - 99%

The first name on the team sheet! Wicketkeeper Bairstow is a popular choice in the middle order after making two centuries during England's miserable Test winter.

6. Moeen Ali - 45%

It was a difficult winter for Moeen, and he lost his place for the final Test in New Zealand to Somerset's Jack Leach. But he narrowly edges out the left-arm spinner here, after Leach was placed in 39% of users' teams.

7. Ben Stokes - 96%

Stokes is your most popular choice to bat at seven, with 57% of users placing him there, hence why he is below Moeen in the order here. His highest Test score - a superb 258 against South Africa - came at that position.

8. Chris Woakes - 70%

Woakes took 10 wickets in five Tests during a testing winter, but he comfortably makes the cut - and 37% of users want the all-rounder at number eight.

9. Stuart Broad - 93%

A slight change of action benefitted Broad massively in New Zealand - he took 11 wickets in two Tests at an average of 18.54, including 6-54 in the first innings at Christchurch. There is no doubt over his place in the BBC Sport readers' team.

10. Mark Wood - 40%

Pace bowler Wood returned home early from the Indian Premier League to stake his Test claim, and he just takes the final spot after his return to red-ball cricket in New Zealand.

11. James Anderson - 95%

England's leading Test wicket-taker is, unsurprisingly, the favourite to lead the side's bowling attack. Just don't mention the hair dye.

Who missed out?

Leach, who made his Test debut against New Zealand, only narrowly missed out on a place in the XI. He has, however, since been ruled out by a broken thumb.

James Vince, the most recent incumbent at three, was picked in 25% of user's teams, while Rory Burns, who made 193 against Worcestershire last week, was in 20%.

Lancashire's Keaton Jennings, who has six Test caps, was named in 15% of user XI's and Middlesex's Nick Gubbins 10%.

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