England vs Pakistan, Live Scorecard and ball-by-ball updates, 1st ODI at Southampton

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FP Sports, Aug, 24 2016

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Preview: England limited overs captain Eoin Morgan has said his team could take the unusual option of playing three spinners in their opening one-day international against Pakistan at Southampton on Wednesday.

For much of the time, in both Test and ODI cricket, recent England teams have been content to field just the lone specialist slow bowler.

Pakistan will be hoping to bring their Test form into the ODIs in England. AFP

Pakistan will be hoping to bring their Test form into the ODIs in England. AFPd

But recent dry conditions, as well as the need to prepare for the spin-friendly pitches that England will encounter on their upcoming tours of Bangladesh and India, could prompt a change of approach in the first of a five-match series.

As a result, Hampshire left-arm spinner Liam Dawson could make his ODI debut on his home ground along with off-spinner Moeen Ali and leg-break bowler Adil Rashid.

"Having Liam Dawson brings the option of playing three spinners and that is something we might have to take into consideration as we look ahead to the winter tours of Bangladesh and India," Morgan told reporters at Southampton on Tuesday.

"It will be a very tough series against Pakistan, especially as the recent weather means conditions may suit them more than they suit us initially. It is a good test leading into the winter."

Meanwhile former Ireland batsman Morgan said he expected Alex Hales to return to form in white-ball cricket after the Nottinghamshire opener struggled in the drawn 2-2 Test series against Pakistan, managing just 145 runs at an average of 18.12

"Alex played very well in the limited-overs matches in South Africa last winter even though he didn't have the best time in the Tests," said Morgan.

"He played out of his skin. I have been in that position before and it's a nice feeling to be able to play with freedom in white-ball cricket. He has the backing of everyone."

All-rounder Ben Stokes is back in the squad after a calf injury but, despite bowling in the nets, Morgan said the paceman would play as a batsman only in at least the first two ODIs.

With inputs from AFP

Published Date: Aug 24, 2016 | Updated Date: Aug 24, 2016




Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3767 111
3 England 4497 105
4 New Zealand 3114 97
5 Australia 3294 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 6386 120
2 India 6379 120
3 Australia 5948 114
4 England 6156 114
5 New Zealand 5432 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 2843 124
2 New Zealand 1925 120
3 West Indies 2395 120
4 England 2029 119
5 India 2965 119