That might depend on the pitches and weather. If the rain than hampered the series against West Indies stays away, there may be less seam and swing movement on offer for the fast-bowlers than there was during the first three Tests of this summer. If that's the case, and the surfaces are dry, spin and reverse swing might come into play more which will make life easier for Pakistan's batsmen, and indeed their bowlers. Dom Bess has been included as the sole spinner in England's squad but they could consider adding Jack Leach later in the series if the weather stays as hot as it has been for the last week. … [Read more...] about Battle hardened England out to reverse unsettling trend
He also backed Sam Billings who has replaced the injured Joe Denly in the series and has been the standout batsman for England saying, "Whenever Billings is playing in on the crease in an ODI he looks very comfortable. It surprises me that why isn't he in the line-up; he should be an automatic selection in the top six for the team. Now, with these performances, I would expect him to be there for sure." … [Read more...] about England vs Ireland: Monty Panesar wants ‘natural leader’ Moeen Ali to captain England in 3rd ODI
Batsmen rely on rhythm just as much as bowlers, so they are bound to be vulnerable at the start of a series. But Wednesday’s match against Pakistan should be different. During the third Test against West Indies last week, Stuart Broad said that because they were playing the same opposition on the same ground so soon after the second Test it felt like a continuation of that game rather than a new match. … [Read more...] about Next task for improving England side is to stop losing series-opening Tests
Southampton Weather Forecast, England vs Ireland 3rd ODI The third and final ODI at Rose Bowl, Southampton on Tuesday will be a dead-rubber after the hosts beat Ireland in consecutive matches and are in red-hot form. While England looks to carry the momentum in the final ODI, Ireland would look to give the hosts a run for their money. With the series in the bag, the hosts could opt for a few changes. … [Read more...] about Southampton Weather Forecast, England vs Ireland 3rd ODI: Will Rain Play Spoilsport at Rose Bowl?
The West Indies failed to post a single individual century in their recent series. Pakistan will hope the likes of Abid Ali, the first man to score a hundred on both Test and one-day international debut, Shan Masood, Azhar Ali, Babar Asam and Asad Shafiq can provide the runs they need. … [Read more...] about Pak vs Eng: England know slow start against Pakistan could prove costly