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.
- 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.
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.
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