• Jonny Bairstow likely to be given outing behind stumps• Eoin Morgan may opt for a single spinner in Bristol
Jofra Archer and Adil Rashid are almost certain to be missing – neither practised on Monday – and it is likely Jos Buttler will be keeping his powder dry, which would enable Jonny Bairstow to have an outing with the gloves. It is hard to keep track but, though Bairstow is now reinstated as the Test keeper, he is the reserve in the ODI squad.
Read more The expectation is Joe Denly may take the place of Buttler at a ground that is now so small that Eoin Morgan is reluctant to play more than one specialist spinner – Bristol used to be one of the largest grounds in the country until the developers set to work.
Does that mean we switch to Shaheen Shah Afridi who we rate at 4/1? Nope. Sportsbook are alive to his potential and go no better than 7/2. There are only poor wagers for top Pakistan bowler. Plunkett at 4/1 would make sense for top England bowler but, if he plays, he could well lose death-bowling duties to Jofra Archer and David Willey. That robs him of crucial wicket-taking chances.
Morgan may opt for an extra bowler, which makes sense on several levels. Much is often made about the depth of Englands batting but this applies only if those players are in some sort of form. One of the goals over the next fortnight must be to ensure Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes and Archer have some batting time.
Jason Roy is bound to play. So, too, is Morgan, who will become Englands most capped ODI cricketer. Roy made 87 at Southampton, which would satisfy most batsmen, but he was hardly ecstatic about that innings. OK is the right word, he said. I was not quite myself. There was certainly a bit of rustiness there.
Still, 87 is not a bad return when a little short of form. Even better, the back spasms have disappeared. The back actually feels way better than before, Roy said. I should have had the injection earlier. There are absolutely no worries at all now.
There was one shot at Southampton, an extra cover drive off Faheem Ashraf that went for six, that was a mini-turning point, which is often the way. One shot can transform a batsmans confidence. Roy was asked whether he had ever hit a ball more sweetly. No. Thats as good as it gets. Sorry, lads. Ive played that shot before and maybe got out a couple of times. I guess it was just instinct. I was struggling a little bit and then it was nice to get one out of the sweet spot and I felt good from there.
Roy is looking to capitalise in Bristol but, like most of the England team, he is wary of looking too far ahead. The armchair strategists wonder whether he could have an impact on the Ashes series. He would like to but said: My focus is on tomorrow and the rest of this series so that Im in the right state mentally and physically. The weight of runs will come hopefully and, if the [Ashes] call comes, then brilliant.
“It is fabulous news and on behalf of the Pakistan cricket team, I look forward to welcoming Shadab back in the squad,” Pakistans coach Mickey Arthur said. “Shadab is one of the finest of his generation and is an influential figure in the team. His presence in the dressing room and on the field of play keeps the side geared up and motivated.
England are confident Jimmy Anderson has not sustained any long-term damage after limping out of Lancashires Royal London Cup defeat by Hampshire on Sunday. The paceman is a little sore after being struck on the knee by a straight drive.
England captain Eoin Morgan and his stars have revealed a new side that not even themselves probably have envisaged.
England face Pakistan at Bristol County Ground on Tuesday in the third ODI of their five-match series.
Morgan, Joe Root and Ben Stokes were among those who took part in the current fad which is Snapchats gender swap filter.
With the app, the players had their picture taken which turns their male looks into the opposite sex.
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England cricket uploaded a picture collage of six of the batsmen to their account, accompanied with the caption: Guess Who?.
Pakistan vs England, 3rd ODI: Match preview
Jason Roy has hailed his England team-mate as an extreme talent and said his brutal match-winning century in the second one-day international against Pakistan was no shock.
This will be another fascinating encounter on a pitch that will likely play different to Southampton, although the small boundaries could see another high scoring affair. England will be confident of picking up another win but the rotations may leave them weakened. Pakistan will be really up for this one and they can level the series with their batting likely to have the edge especially if Buttler is rested for this third ODI.
It was the second-fastest hundred by an England batsmen in one-day internationals – Buttler also holds the record with a 46-ball ton – and Roy said on Sky Sports: He is as good as it gets to be honest.
It is not kind of a shock. It is getting a bit routine for him to go out and play those innings, demoralising those guys at the top of the order that are kind of going at a run a ball, and he comes in and just blitzes it.
Roy was also in the runs, hitting 87 on his return to action from a back spasm that followed on from hamstring trouble.
I spent six or seven weeks with my hamstring injury and fixing that, and then the back was quite a big issue, but it was resolved by the great medical staff we have.