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ICC World Cup 2019 | England Prepare Pacy Welcome for Pakistan

Cricketnext Staff |June 2, 2019, 4:34 PM IST
ICC World Cup 2019 | England Prepare Pacy Welcome for Pakistan

The ICC World Cup 2019 had begun with the promise that 500-run total will soon be toppled in this tournament. Big totals have been few and far-between since hosts England breached the 300-run mark in their opening game against South Africa.

The focus has shifted to pace and more specifically bouncers with the template laid down by the likes of West Indies and New Zealand as well as to some extent by Australia against three Asian sides — Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.

England’s next fixture is against Pakistan and the two sides have seen a lot of each other over the last month especially. The hosts dominated the five-match ODI series, winning it 4-0 regularly chasing down totals in excess of 350.

The Englishmen have now possibly identified a chink in Pakistan batsmen’s armour — short and quick delivery —  exploited perfectly by the West Indies, who bundled out the 1992 champions for 105 at Trent Bridge.

Apart from the last game, Nottingham is renowned as a batsman’s paradise, with England having twice set the world record for the highest ODI score here — 444/3 against Pakistan in 2016 and last year’s 481/6 — as Trent Bridge gets ready to host the two sides on Monday.

England management is now considering unleashing the pacy Mark Wood to partner Jofra Archer with the new ball in an effort to rattle the Pakistanis. Archer was impressive on his World Cup debut, bouncing out three South Africans at the Oval.

Pakistan, though, must be impressed by the form of Mohammed Amir, who picked up three Windies in his return to the side — the first time he has picked up three wickets since the 2017 Champions Trophy final win over India.

It is their batsmen though who need to pull up their socks urgently after being rolled over for their second lowest World Cup total. Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed urgently needs to find answers to check the slide which has seen them failing to win their last 11 ODIs.

Last Five ODIs

England: WWWWW

The hosts won their last ODI series against Pakistan 4-0 and have now started the World Cup with a 104-run win over South Africa.

Pakistan: LLLLL

They have now failed to win their last 11 ODIs. The last loss against West Indies — by seven wickets — was especially humiliating after getting bundled out cheaply.

Players to watch out for:

England: Ben Stokes: He came up with his finest all-round performance since the Bristol club incident. 89 runs, two wickets and an incredible catch against South Africa show what a priceless asset Stokes is to any side. England will hope Stokes can keep up his incredible form through this World Cup.

Pakistan: Mohammad Amir: He was the lone bright spot in a dismal Pakistan performance. 3/26 on his return to the side after being picked to the World Cup squad at the last moment. Amir remains a big threat with the ball when he is on song.

Team News/Availability:

England: The home side are considering whether to draft the quick Mark Wood into the side for this game after watching Pakistan struggle against genuine pace.

Pakistan: Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed might consider blooding all-rounder Asif Ali into the side, who was in fine form in the ODI series against England, especially with the bat.

Squads:

England: Eoin Morgan (C), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (wk), Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Vince, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.

Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (c), Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Hasnain.

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Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
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 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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