England Vs Pakistan ODI series preview and prediction

As the thrilling England Vs Pakistan test series reaches its conclusion, attention will soon turn to the ODI series, starting at the Ageas Bowl on 24 August.

England skipper Eoin Morgan could use some runs in the England Vs Pakistan ODI series

England skipper Eoin Morgan could use some runs in the England Vs Pakistan ODI series

Fixtures:

  • Wednesday 24 August – 1st Royal London ODI D/N – Ageas Bowl
  • Saturday 27 August – 2nd Royal London ODI – Lord’s
  • Tuesday 30 August – 3rd Royal London ODI D/N – Trent Bridge
  • Thursday 1 September – 4th Royal London ODI D/N – Headingley
  • Sunday 4 September – 5th Royal London ODI – SWALEC, Cardiff

Tickets for some of these matches are still available via the ECB website. Tickets are competitively priced for children for many of the fixtures, with the hope of inspiring the next generation. However, if they’re so inspired they want the equipment, be careful: it’s easy to buy the wrong size. Take a look at this Talent Cricket chart for some guidance.

England’s batting

Coming off the back of a career best 250 at Old Trafford in the second Test, Joe Root has reaffirmed his reputation as the most important player in the England team. However, the ODI team’s form batsman is currently Jason Roy, who is bludgeoning the ball to all parts for Surrey and starting to really look at home in an England shirt.

After this, it will be interesting to see where England turn, as there are a number of promising young batsmen knocking on the door. For example, Daniel Bell-Drummond has scored stacks of runs for the England Lions, while Ben Duckett is one of the form players on the county scene, having also cashed in on a recent Lions tour. It will be interesting to see whether either of these two are called up to bolster England’s firepower.

Battle of the captains

On recent tours, the form of Eoin Morgan has been much criticised. His captaincy has been excellent, but he’s certainly in need of some runs in an England shirt. His opposite number, Azhar Ali, has had a good Test series, averaging 36 with the bat, but will be looking to push on. With the pressure on both captains, who will respond the best?

Shah and Amir’s Time to shine?/

Although England may be a strike bowler short, Pakistan’s attack looks to have the firepower to take plenty of wickets and potentially tear through England’s top order.

With the white ball in hand, Mohammad Amir looks set to be lethal at the start of the innings, and his spearing yorkers at the close could also end any late impetus and acceleration. Outside the powerplays, Yasir Shah will look to build on his excellent Test series performance, stifling England in the middle overs and taking wickets to prevent a late charge. Factor in Wahab Riaz, who’s proven his ability in ODI cricket, and Pakistan have a lethal attack..

The series could be won and lost depending on how successfully England’s destructive batting line up can handle the raw pace of Amir, Riaz and the spin of Shah.

Predictions

Pakistan have always been a good one day unit but, for the first time in a long time, the statistics say that England have become a very good one day side. In home conditions, it’s hard to see past England. Final prediction: 3-1.

By Tushar Parmar

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One comment on “England Vs Pakistan ODI series preview and prediction

  1. SO finally a thrilling finish of the test series, now its time to move towards a short form of 5 matches ODI series, 1st match of this series is going to take place at the Ageas Bowl on 24th of August. Tickets of most of the matches are available at ECBs website on a competitive price for children to promote cricket in our next generation.
    Now its time to discuss about the dependency of both team on their players according to their current performance. Joe Root is the only player who is performing consistently in all formats for the british, form of the other players are not upto the par, mainly English captain’s performance as a batsman is criticizing badly but as a leader he has been performing remarkably & recently led England in ODI format very nicely and on the other hand pakistan’s recent captain Azhar Ali is very much new with his responsibilities and has a 50% winning record in 13 matches and also had a good recent test series with a bat. Pak’s batting unit looks bit shaky, it will rely on the experience of Shoaib Malik & Mohammad Hafeez but their bowling department looks solid in compare to the England’s not so experienced bowlers, in the presence of Mohammad Amir, Yasir Shah & experience of Umar Gul.
    Prediction for this series, seeing the weather conditions in England. It seems like England’s pitches will suit Pakistani bowlers. So a final prediction is Pakistan 4 and England 1.

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