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“The smart money will take on England at the break because, in all likelihood, Pakistan are going to be a bigger price”
England rested Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer and Adil Rashid for the third ODI in Bristol and Morgan said there will be more rotation for the fourth ODI at Trent Bridge on Friday as they look to finalise their 15-man World Cup squad, which will be announced on Tuesday.
In the first 50 overs in Southampton, England underlined why they are the No 1-rated side in the world and favourites for World Cup glory on home turf this summer. In the second 50 they underlined why many will be taking them on short odds.
After the ODIs against Pakistan at Trent Bridge and Pakistan, England have two pre-tournament warm-ups against Australia and Afghanistan. They open their World Cup campaign against South Africa on 30 May at The Oval.
England can bat like no other team before. But their bowling often leaves a lot to be desired. After they posted 373, Pakistan, who have often struggled for big totals, shouldnt have got a sniff. But their noses and tails were up and England were panicking in what became a tight chase.
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The hosts got over the line thanks to David Willey and his value to the XI should now be clear, not least because it is rare to win a World Cup without a left-arm pacer. Jofra Archer missed out, surprisingly, and if he comes back here it will be in place of Liam Plunkett, who kept his nerve at the death, too. Mark Wood is set to play.
Jos Buttlers venomous century was, of course, the highlight and if England are just going to simply out-bat opponents this summer, when he is in such clean striking form, few could argue with it as a strategy.
Pakistan should take comfort from their chase in Southampton. Those who have followed their credentials closely over the last couple of years wouldnt have given them a hope. Of the Big Eight only West Indies and Sri Lanka score slower in the last two years.
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But they went off like a train thanks to Fakhar Zamans century. From 227 for one in the 33rd over Pakistan would have fancied their chances. Alas he fell immediately for 138 off 106. Perhaps if hed have hung around for a smidge longer the result could have been different.
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Still, a dangerous 50 from Asif Ali and late-order hitting from Sarfaraz Ahmed should cheer Pakistan. Often considered one-dimensional with the bat they showed they could hit a long ball. And this with a failure from hitter-in-chief Imad Wasim. When Shadab Khan returns they will consider themselves well-balanced.
Pakistan could stick with he same XI here. Yasir Shah was expensive in game two but he could be a must on a Bristol wicket which often helps spinners.
There have been only four ODIs at Bristol since 2010. The first-innings scores (most recent first, 1-2 denote match won by team batting first or second) read: 369-1/126-2/248-nr/236-1. The 369 was by England against West Indies two years ago. The 126 by Ireland against England the year before and useless to understand the pitch. The scores in the Royal London One-day Cup this season read: 331-1/242-2/282-2/235-/1.
England knew that by committing another minor over-rate breach in an ODI within 12 months with Morgan as captain, that it would be deemed a second offence by the 32-year-old.
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England are [1.40] and Pakistan [3.2]. Weve reached a dead end with this England team now. They are going off so skinny that we just cant play. And the same is become the norm in-running, too.
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Consider when Pakistan were 194 for one in the 30th, England were still [1.40]. Theres little left to do, then, but take them on when they have to defend.
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The smart money will have to do that at the break because, in all likelihood, Pakistan are going to be a bigger price. We could advise them here and now – and wed like to – but its not bright considering the odds will be chunkier as soon as England bust 320.
The 29-year-old continues to impress after his recent spell for IPL side Sunrisers Hyderabad, where he scored 445 runs in 10 games at an average of 55.62.
We have consistently said that England are unconvincing with the ball and weve seen little to change our mind thus far.
We would hope for some assistance from the pitch to find some value on top England bat. Southampton was one of the flattest pitches seen in recent years. If one or two can be wheedled out early well be chuffed to be on Ben Stokes at 15/2 with Sportsbook. Hes still value, although his true odds have crept up slightly from 9/2. Buttler is 9/2.
Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar could well tarde top-bat honours throughout the series and beyond into the World Cup. There is absolutely nothing wrong with betting both as they are both solid calls on hit rates in this market. Imam is 7/2 and Fakhar 4s with Sportsbook. Babar Azam, as we have said before, is a poor value favourite at 11/4.
Scores of 400-plus are made regularly, and its important to test Archer in that kind of situation. The match is a dress rehearsal for an early World Cup fixture between the countries on the same ground, so lets see how he reacts to the ball going around the park.
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Jonny Bairstow smashed a sensational century as England coasted a chase of 359 to beat Pakistan by six wickets in the third one-day international in Bristol.
The final one was extra pace —that 90mph bowler who, when the pitch goes flat, gives the batsmen the hurry-up. Without Archer or Wood it looks a bit one-dimensional. Variations will be key to restricting opposition batting line-ups.
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Bairstow clubbed 128 from 93 balls, supported by 76 from Jason Roy, Joe Roots 43 and an unbeaten 46 by Moeen Ali.
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It meant England completed their second-highest run-chase in ODIs, and best at home, with more than five overs to spare.
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After England won a thrilling second game in Southampton on Saturday, Pakistan again played their part in the run-filled entertainment, with both sides taking advantage of the true pitch, short boundaries and lightning outfield.
But Pakistan had no answer to the Bairstow assault, England taking a 2-0 lead without rested trio Jos Buttler, Adil Rashid and Jofra Archer.
The home side can seal victory in the five-match series – their final one-day internationals before the World Cup begins on 30 May – at Trent Bridge on Friday.
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Bairstow enjoyed a stellar campaign in the Indian Premier League, piling on runs for Sunrisers Hyderabad in a prolific opening partnership with Australias David Warner.
Jonny Bairstow, whose 93-ball 128 helped the hosts canter to a supposedly imposing target of 359 with 5.1 overs to spare, has also received an official reprimand and a demerit point on his record for hitting the stumps with his bat after being dismissed.
He looked in good touch for 51 in Southampton, but all of Englands batsmen were put in the shade by Buttlers 50-ball hundred.
All three bowlers will doubtless crack wry smiles at returning for Trent Bridge, a ground with arguably the flattest one-day pitch in the country and the scene of two world-record totals by Englands batsmen in their last two completed ODIs there.
Bairstows opening stand of 159 with Roy, crashed in only 17.3 overs, utterly demoralised a Pakistan side that had no ideas with the ball and disintegrated in the field.
At one stage, with both men peppering the boundary and delighting the crowd, something truly special seemed in the offing.
The riotous mood was calmed when Roy miscued to point, but Bairstow went on to complete his seventh ODI century.
A first England double-century seemed on the cards until Bairstow hacked at Junaid Khan and inside-edged on to his stumps.
In every match every England seam bowler — with the possible exception of Ben Stokes even if he is not anywhere near his best with the ball right now — is under pressure.
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There was little respite for Pakistan, though. Root, Moeen, Ben Stokes and Eoin Morgan all played scintillating strokes of their own as a massive target was made to look meagre.
Pakistan have a strong history of peaking in world tournaments – they won the Champions Trophy in this country in 2017 – but there was a concern that their batting may not be able to match their talented pace bowling.
However, after they fell just short of overhauling Englands 373 in Southampton, Sarfaraz Ahmeds men again displayed the ability to get above 350.
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Though they slipped to 27-2 thanks to the movement extracted by Chris Woakes, Pakistan were marshalled by Imam.
The left-hander nudged singles off his pads and dabbed to third man, then moved through the gears after registering a 97-ball century.
The impetus came from Asif Ali, who hit three sixes in 52 from 43 balls, as England missed the wicket-taking threat of leg-spinner Rashid.
With David Willey and Tom Curran expensive, Woakes and Liam Plunkett replicated their impressive showings from Saturday – Woakes finishing with 4-67 and Plunkett 1-55.
England, whose successful run-chase was the fifth best in ODI history, also remained sharp in the field, a contrast to the sloppy drops of Pakistan later in the evening.
The omissions of Rashid and Buttler should have, in theory, given Joe Denly the chance to stake his World Cup claim with both ball and bat.
However, his leg-spin was afforded only one over, one littered with full tosses and costing nine runs, and he was not needed in the chase.
His place in the final 15 could come under pressure from Hampshire left-arm spinner Liam Dawson, or an extra pace bowler.
There may also be a slight concern over the bowling of Stokes, who struggled with the ball in the IPL and here cut a frustrated figure in conceding 34 runs from four overs.
Captain Morgan could also be in trouble for his teams over-rate. England were punished after a game against West Indies in February, leaving Morgan under the threat of a ban.
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England captain Eoin Morgan speaking at the presentation: “Im extremely proud. I thought the guys came out and played in the manner that we have done for some time now.
“The two boys up front (Roy and Bairstow) were absolutely outstanding and set the platform for the way we wanted to go about the chase.”
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“Its a testament to the team that they go out and make this chase look so easy. Theyre a tremendous team to watch.
“Will England be able to play this way when there is consequences, when they can be knocked out of the World Cup?
From what you hear around this England team, it looks like so far, so good. Theyll be going into this World Cup fully prepared, with a strong mentality and Jofra Archer in the team, which is the cherry on the cake.”
Greg Double: “Watching this England team play cricket is how it must feel to be Brazilian before a football World Cup.
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Jon Dunn: “My word! Thats an impressive run chase. Could have reached 400 with ease. This England side really are the real deal!”
Martin J Southam: “England have set a new standard. My first thought on seeing Imam-ul-Haq score 151 was that hed taken too many balls to get them as we have Bairstow & Roy. Extraordinary. 151 and I think meh. What a time to be an England cricket fan.”