Shan Masood scored his third century in as many Tests - a career-best 156 - before Pakistan reduced England to 92-4 at Old Trafford.
Only 49 overs were bowled on day one of the Test series at Old Trafford, with Babar Azam lighting up a gloomy day.
Ben Stokes will again play as a specialist batsman in the first Test against a Pakistan side that includes two leg-spinners.
Who is the best batsman in the world? Babar Azam deserves to be in the discussion, considering his numbers in recent years.
Azhar Ali expects Babar Azam to rocket up the Test rankings as Pakistan prepare to do battle with England.
England are favourites to beat Pakistan but Sohail Tanveer says the tourists are in with a chance if the batsmen can deliver.
Suresh Raina suggested Rohit Sharma "is the next MS Dhoni", but the India opener admitted he was uncomfortable with such a comparison.
Reece Topley finally made his England return on Saturday, but injury has ruled him out of the third ODI with Ireland.
A five-wicket haul against West Indies last time out does not mean Chris Woakes is guaranteed a place in the England team to face Pakistan.
Graeme Smith has revealed South Africa are unlikely to be back in action until November due to scheduling conflicts.