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Champions Trophy 2017, England vs Pakistan: Eoin Morgan Wary of Mercurial Opponents

AFP |June 14, 2017, 12:34 PM IST
Champions Trophy 2017, England vs Pakistan: Eoin Morgan Wary of Mercurial Opponents

Cardiff: Going into the semi-final against Pakistan in the Champions Trophy, England captain Eoin Morgan has played down the importance of last year's result by saying on Tuesday: "I think the impact of that series was 4-1.

"Obviously, on their day, they (Pakistan) can beat any team in the world...They're very dangerous."

But Arthur was in no doubt of England's quality, saying: "They're a really good one-day unit with no apparent weaknesses."

England, however, are set to drop opener Jason Roy, whose latest low score in the victory over Australia last time out means he has now managed just 51 runs in eight ODI innings this season, and replace him with Jonny Bairstow.

Morgan, whose 87 together with Ben Stokes's 102 not out saw England recover from a top-order collapse against Australia, would not confirm England's XI on Tuesday.

But he signalled a change by saying: "We're getting to the business end of the tournament and we need to produce results."

Roy apart, England appear to have all bases covered as they go in search of their first major ODI title, with a long batting order and a balanced attack led by fast bowler Mark Wood.

"I think we've started brilliantly," said Morgan. "I hope we've not played our best cricket yet."

SQUADS: England Team: Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(wk), Moeen Ali, Steven Finn, Liam Plunkett, Mark Wood, Jake Ball, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings, Adil Rashid, David Willey

Pakistan Team: Sarfraz Khan (c and wk), Ahmed Shehzad, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Junaid Khan, Mohammed Amir, Mohammed Hafeez, Shadab Khan and Shoaib Malik.

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3778 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6745 125
2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 India 8099 261
5 Australia 5471 261
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