Pakistan elect to bowl against England

Ultimately it's about the team. Whether him and (Shoaib) Malik need to bat higher up is something we will discuss.

England take on Pakistan on Wednesday, June 14.

Deciding to bowl first, Pakistan, managed to do something not too many teams have managed since the 2015 World Cup - bowl the England batsmen out cheaply.

England make the one expected change to their line-up, with Jonny Bairstow replacing Jason Roy.

Hailing Bairstow's abilities with the willow, Morgan said: "Jonny's qualities are that he's a fantastic batsman". I think his best attribute, certainly in white-ball cricket over the past year and a half, has been his relentless attitude to score runs regardless of the situation.

"The game here against New Zealand wasn't exactly crash, bang, wallop". He came straight into the squad, having played no part in the series, and produced a match-winning knock. Pakistan on their day can cause an upset so England will hope that complacency doesn't creep in. "I'm very happy about how my youngsters are performing".

"I know that Bairstow has opened at county level, but he's never done it internationally, and I think that's a different ball game".

Akram, Mushtaq Ahmed and Aaqib Javed then rattled the English batting line-up that comprised of Graham Gooch and Ian Botham, restricting them to 227 - helping Pakistan win their first and only World Cup till date.

Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi says he expects the Men in Green to fight hard in the semi-final of 2017 Champions Trophy against England on Wednesday at Cardiff.

England had scored over 300 in five of the last six one-day internationals in which they batted first.

Already 4-0 down in the five-match series in August and September previous year - which included that shellacking at Trent Bridge - Pakistan gained a measure of pride with a consolation victory in Cardiff, the same venue for Wednesday's semi-final.

"I think tomorrow is sold out".

Arthur said a scrappy win over Sri Lanka would do wonders for his side, saying: "When you win ugly, you learn a lot about the team".

The fact this match will be played on a used pitch may well act as a leveller.

Pakistan are surprise contenders at the knockout stages of this tournament, especially after they started it with a 124-run defeat against India. "The whole nation will be with us as they were in our desperate times and good times", Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza said after the victory over New Zealand.

"Full credit to them, they outplayed us on this wicket".

The bowling department for England has also looked good, trying to provide an equal balance to the side under the likes of pacers Liam Plunkett, Mark Wood, Jake Ball, Ben Stokes and their spinners Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali who have consistently delivered for their side.

  • Julie Sanders


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