England and Pakistan will go head-to-head in three ODIs and T20Is each from July 8 to July 20. This will act as a preparation for both the teams ahead of the World T20 scheduled to be played later this year in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman in October and November.
However, England have been dealt with a blow ahead of the ODI series with seven members needing to self-isolate because of coronavirus. The hosts were forced to name a second-string side including many uncapped players led by Ben Stokes for the three ODIs. With strict measures in place, it looks unlikely that the first team players will return for the T20I series as well, which starts on July 16.
The second T20I will be played at Headingley, Leeds on July 18. This will be the first time England will play a T20 International in Leeds. Generally, for ODIs, it is fairly a low scoring ground with the average first innings score being 229 and the second innings score is 211.
England would look to take advantage of their batting and put less pressure on their bowlers and score big if given the chance. The likes of Dawid Malan, Zak Crawley, Ben Stokes would be key to them scoring big if the first-team players do not return from self-isolation.
Pakistan, on the other hand, would aim to chase a modest total and take on the promising but inexperienced English bowling attack. The form of their key players in Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman and Mohammad Rizwan will be important for them to make a mark.
Revised England ODI squad: Ben Stokes (C), Jake Ball, Danny Briggs, Brydon Carse, Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Lewis Gregory, Tom Helm, Will Jacks, Dan Lawrence, Saqib Mahmood, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Matt Parkinson, David Payne, Phil Salt, John Simpson, James Vince
Pakistan T20I squad: Babar Azam (C), Shadab Khan, Arshad Iqbal, Azam Khan Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (WK), Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Sarfaraz Ahmed (WK), Shaheen Shah Afridi, Sharjeel Khan, Usman Qadir
Dawid Malan and Zak Crawley can be good picks for most runs scored from the English side as they have shown signs of form while Pakistan’s best options remain captain Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman from the top-order and in-form Mohammad Rizwan from the middle-order.
Ben Stokes’s all-round ability makes him a good choice always for points and bets. The pressure of captaincy can also bring the best out of him as he enjoys the pressure and always thrives under it.
In the bowling side, Shaheen Afridi, Imad Wasim can be bet on for wickets from Pakistan. For England, one can look at Saqib Mahmood out of the inexperienced bowling line-up.
For most sixes, Stokes, Zaman and Rizwan are the best picks.
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