England can become the first team to post a total of 500 in one-day cricket, says fast bowler Mark Wood.
England have the two highest scores of all time – 481 and 444 – both at Trent Bridge, where they meet Pakistan in the third game of the series on Friday.
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“Its almost normal to get 350; 400 is easily gettable. We truly believe that we can chase down high scores, no matter what the opposition get.”
England will wrap up the series with victory in Nottingham, having taken a 2-0 lead with two matches to play by winning in Bristol on Tuesday.
On that occasion, Jonny Bairstows century set the home side on course to overhaul Pakistans 358-9, Englands second-highest run-chase and the joint-fifth highest of all time.
With England naming their squad for the World Cup next Tuesday, they will continue to rotate their team for the fourth match of the series and could make as many as five changes.
Captain Eoin Morgan is suspended after Englands slow over-rate in Bristol and will be replaced as skipper by Jos Buttler, who was rested for the third game.
Opener Bairstow, seamer Chris Woakes and pace bowler Liam Plunkett, all of whom missed training on Thursday, will play no part, while left-arm seamer David Willey could also be rested.
James Vince will come in to open the batting, with leg-spinner Adil Rashid and pace bowlers Jofra Archer and Wood making up the bowling attack.
For Wood, who has a history of ankle injuries, it will be his first competitive cricket since Englands Twenty20 series against West Indies in March.
“I feel in good rhythm,” he said. “In terms of being 100%, Ive not played any matches lately, so Im still missing a little bit of match fitness.
“I feel fit and strong and in good rhythm in practice, but theres nothing like a game when you are under pressure and you need that extra adrenaline. I cant wait to get out there and try to win the series.”
Barbados-born Archer, who qualified to play for England in March, has played only two ODIs but looks set to be included, meaning one of Wood, Plunkett, Woakes, Willey or Tom Curran is likely to miss out.
“Jofra is world class and I would fully expect him to be in World Cup squad. That leaves four or five of us trying to fight it out for the other places.
“Everyone has done well -its hard to say what will happen. It means that tomorrow I will have step up and put in a good performance.”
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“Pakistan are not to be written off in a chase off their own. We will say until we are blue in the face that England are there to be taken on batting first”
Englands World Cup preparations have been hampered by the loss of Eoin Morgan. Morgan will be banned for one match because of a slow over rate in Bristol.
That could mean reprieve for Joe Denly, whose ambitions to be part of the tournament look certain to be dashed. A full-toss laden over in game two pretty much scuppered his chances. James Vince will also be in the frame but batting him at No 4 or 5 is not his usual role in one-day cricket.
Alternatively Morgan could be swapped for Adil Rashid, who will surely return after a rest. Liam Plunkett looks certain to step away for either Mark Wood or Jofra Archer. Archers stock continues to rise without actually playing.
Victory in Bristol was down to another sensational batting performance. No team has hit 300 more than England in the last two years. But not team has conceded 300-plus more and there have to be concerns about a one-dimensional bowling attack.
Pakistan have received a major boost with Shadab Khan joining up with the squad. Shadab has suffered from hepatitis but is now fit and ready to tune up for the World Cup.
He is second on their wickets list in the last two years only to Hasan Ali with 49 playing 42. He provides vital balance to the XI because he can strike a mean ball. Faheem Ashraf might have to miss out with Junaid Khan due a run and Shaheen Shah Afridi rated highly.
There is nothing wrong with their batting. Imam-ul-Haqs brilliant century underlined his potential as a superstar and his numbers are getting close to the likes of Rohit Sharma and Jonny Bairstow. Fakhar Zaman is not too shabby, either.
Pakistan may feel it worthwhile to take Babar Azam out of the firling line and give crease time to either Mohammad Hafeez or Shoaib Malik. Haris Sohail and Asif Ali are striking it too well to miss out.
The last six first-innings scores at Trent Bridge read: 268/481/444/286/349/287/182. Those two scores of 400-plus suggest a belter of a batting wicket.
They were both by England – against Australia last summer and Pakistan three years ago. But against India last year England could manage only 268 as Kuldeep Yadav ran riot with six wickets. There is no edge on the toss under lights with seven wins each over 15 matches and one tie.
England are [1.40] and Pakistan [3.35]. But all is not lost. There was some big value at the break in Bristol when England, chasing 359, were [2.50]. The market will be more cautious now but you should still get decent numbers for England in a big chase. And we would back them to pretty much chase anything up to 400.
Pakistan are not to be written off in a chase off their own. We will say until we are blue in the face that England are there to be taken on batting first. Its just that Pakistan could be a much bigger price at the break. No more than 330, though.
Bairstow and Roy are 11/4 and 16/5 favourites respectively for top England bat with Sportsbook. As you would expect. Bairstow hit 139 off 92 balls against Australia at the venue last summer.
Roy managed a half-century. Joe Root and Jos Buttler managed half-centuries against Pakistan in 2016 as England compiled 444. Alex Hales was the chief architect, though, with 171. Root is 10/3 and Buttler 9/2. Ben Stokes still holds value at 5s.
Despite two top-bat efforts Imam is still not jolly for top Pakistan runscorer with Sportsbook. Babar gets the nod at 3/1. So theres nothing wrong with betting Imam again at 10/3 or Fakhar at 7/2. Haris has been hitting the ball so cleanly that a big score could be just around the corner. The 5/1 is not a bad bet.
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