Here is a perfect chance for England to turn the tables at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi when they take on Pakistan in the limited overs contest starting this Wednesday, Nov. 11.
Pakistan registered a thumping series victory over the English side on the adopted pitches in the Middle East. Misbah ul Haq received the perfect farewell for his decade long service in the Pakistani side. Only one English player showed resilience to Pakistan’s terrific spin on turning wickets i.e., England Test Captain Alastair Cook.
Bleacher Report writes that the last time the English side lost to Pakistan in a test series in the Middle East was way back in 2012 and then came back strongly to win the four match one day series.
The ESPNCricinfo notes that Younis Khan is in sublime form and will be one of the key players for the Pakistani side. Eoin Morgan, too, comes back to captain the English Side after injuries sidelined him from the series against Australia.
The ESPN sources quote both captains ahead of the limited overs clash.
Pakistan captain Azhar Ali was quoted saying, “We’ll try to dominate with the bat, especially the spinners who haven’t bowled much in the subcontinent and UAE conditions.”
Eoin Morgan, on the other hand, has this to say about Jos Buttler’s search for form: “White-ball cricket is something he prides himself on. In the last four years, he’s been outstanding and has shown glimpses of world-class ability.”
EJG Morgan (C), MM Ali, JM Bairstow, SW Billings, JC Buttler (K), AD Hales, CJ Jordan, LE Plunkett, AU Rashid, JE Root, JJ Roy, JWA Taylor, RJW Topley, DJ Willey, CR Woakes
Azhar Ali (C), Aamer Yamin, Ahmed Shehzad, Anwar Ali, Babar Azam, Bilal Asif, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Rizwan, Rahat Ali, Sarfraz Ahmed (K), Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz, Yasir Shah, Younis Khan, Zafar Gohar
1st ODI: England v Pakistan
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Nov 11, 2015
Time: 15:00 local time (11:00 GMT)
Live Stream: Star Sports