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Preview: Pakistan Vs England - 1st ODI

  • Preview: Pakistan Vs England - 1st ODI

The Test series was something of a clobbering, perhaps a huge disappointment that poured cold water onto the hopes of those who hoped for England to take that big stride forward by achieving a test series win away from home, and in the subcontinent. It was never to happen, and Alastair Cook's side were well beaten.

Not taking anything away from Pakistan, you have to agree they were excellent. Following a narrow escape in the first test, the home side could have easily let the series be England's, but instead, they showed some spirit, and turned it around emphatically. 

Nonetheless, it's time to switch vestitures for the One-Day Internationals - four of them to be accurate. The last time England were here, they won all four courtesy of Alastair Cook, Kevin Pietersen and Steven Finn who were quite amazing that series. Fortunately (or unfortunately?) for Pakistan, neither one of them are a part of the current England squad. 

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But there is enough arsenal in this side, surely. There's an explosive opening pair in Alex Hales and Jason Roy, and then the dynamism of Eoin Morgan, Joe Root and James Taylor which is followed up with yet more aggression down the order (all the way down!).

You look at the bowling as well, and there's a lot of variety there which is just what you need in subcontinental conditions where wicket-taking can get a bit tough at times. However, it's more about sticking to the basics with the odd adjusment, and not experimenting too much as bowlers often tend to do. Mind, variations aren't the only way to take wickets. 

England mustn't Shy Away from being Aggressive with the Bat

Eoin Morgan's England are best served when they let themselves be stamped upon the opponent with a ruthless and aggressive intent. Sitting back and waiting for "your moment" isn't necessarily this team's strength so they shouldn't bother trying that. 

Though, England must avoid letting their aggression haunt them, by applying it to their game with sensibility attached to it. Everyone saw how England, almost madly threw wickets away especially in the first two ODIs against Australia at home few months back. 

Taking Full Advantage of the New Ball

When in the sub-continent, it's very important to use the new ball and whatever there is in the pitch early on to be used in as better a manner as it potentially can be. As stated before, it can be excruciatingly difficult at times to get wickets on Asian pitches unless and until you have a really top-class spin attack, and England don't have one. 

Not Complicating things

Teams from outside the sub-continent do have a habit of making matters look complicated, even though they aren't. Conditions here are different - yes - but it doesn't mean you start being too fancy. 

England need to ensure there's no unnecesary complication of things in the dressing room. The ball may turn, the pitch may not reward your shots, but being composed and just focusing on the simplest aspects of the game is more often than not the answer.

Line-up

Alex Hales, Jason Roy, Joe Root, James Taylor, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Reece Topley. 

Quotes

"I think it will be a huge learning curve,”  Eoin Morgan said.

"That's one thing we've gained over the last six months - we've created an atmosphere in which learning becomes very easy for our young guys coming in.

"Probably no-one would have given us a hope in hell against Australia and New Zealand. But they were two very competitive series, and we managed to turn over New Zealand.

"It was a very productive summer for us, in which we've seen a lot of our youngsters [came up with] some unbelievable performances.

This, again, will be different, but I think the culture and the platform the summer gave us will hold us in good stead.”

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