In match 6 of ICC World Cup 2019, Eoin Morgan’s England will face Pakistan at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, on Monday. England started their World Cup 2019 campaign with a 104-run victory over Faf du Plessis-led South Africa at the Oval. The side will next look to get the better of an inconsistent Pakistan side who surrendered before West Indies in their opening match, losing 11th straight ODI, including a recent 4-0 series defeat by England.
England captain Eoin Morgan has said that the New Zealand side under Brendon McCullum was a source of inspiration for him as he led a change in the team’s approach to ODI cricket following the 2015 World Cup debacle.
“If you look at his (McCullum’s) body language at any stage of any game, it’s extremely positive. He’s always on the front foot and leading from the front regardless of the scoreboard or the situation of the game,” Morgan told BBC Sport.
“I like to pick his brain. As a pure leader, he’s exceptional. New Zealand cricket had embodied playing fun cricket under McCullum. Playing against them, we were a little bit jealous,” he said.
England were dumped out of the 2015 World Cup in the group stage and Morgan said that the defeat to McCullum’s New Zealand and to Bangladesh were the ones that stood out for him.
“We were humiliated. There are two games which stand out for me in that World Cup which confirmed we were underprepared and so far off the mark — the first one was against New Zealand. We were bowled out for 123 and New Zealand knocked them off in 12.2 overs,” he said.
“The second moment was the game against Bangladesh. We were chasing 275, and we were more than capable of chasing it down — it was on a good wicket and against Bangladesh, who we had beaten previously in a one-day series. When it came to every crunch moment in the chase, however, we fell short. We crumbled,” added the 32-year-old.
Morgan said that the then England Director of Cricket Andrew Strauss’ decision to back him as captain was a “huge confidence-booster for him”.
“He gave me absolute clarity that we needed to change things drastically and he would give us time to change them. In the 2015 World Cup, there was a drastic change in the move towards higher scores. Scores moved from 300 to 330 on an average and that meant you had to change everyone’s default mode,” he said.
In the revamp that followed, the likes of James Anderson and Stuart Broad lost their places in the ODI squad and players like Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow and Adil Rashid were brought in.
“With the bat, you needed to be able to post 330-350, so to choose guys whose default mode was pure aggression was something we highlighted in selection. We identified guys with a lot of talent who would fit the mould; if they did get knocked back at some stage, they would come back harder,” he said.
The effect was immediate. England’s first series after the 2015 World Cup was against runners-up New Zealand. They posted 408/9 in the first match and won it by a whopping 210 runs. They would go on to win the series 4-2.
Since then, England have accounted for three out of the four 400-plus totals posted in ODI cricket and this included a world record score of 481/6 against Australia in 2018.
Ahead of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, Pakistan’s Mohammad Hafeez has expressed happiness over the support they have received in England, http://www.trendingsportsnet.comsaying that he feels like the team is playing at home.
“Every time we come here, the first thing we get is the massive support. We always feel when coming here like we’re playing at home. The fans are very fanatic and they want us to get success. That’s what we’re here for. It’s a boost, to be honest,” ICC quoted Hafeez as saying.
However, their recent performance on the English soil has not been convincing as they lost the five-match ODI series against England followed by a defeat at the hands of Afghanistan in their first World Cup warm-up match.
After playing and assessing the pitches, Hafeez feels that the pitches are going to be suitable for batsmen and believes that all the teams will manage to hit ‘big scores’.
“The series we played here last time before the World Cup, I’ve never seen the pitches like that before. There’s something to adjust, and I think everyone is ready for that. The pitches are immaculate now but let’s see how it goes as the tournament progresses,” he said.
“At the moment, it’s really suitable for the batsmen and we’ll see some big scores from all the teams,” Hafeez added.
Moreover, Hafeez said that to stop any team from scoring big totals, their team must have a wicket-taking ability.
“I believe that cricket has evolved massively, but at the same time, you still need that wicket-taking ability in your bowling. If you don’t have that, you can’t stop any team. Your spinners will play a major role and at the same time you must have some mystery in you that can cause confusion in the other team,” he said.
So far, England does not face much challenge in fixing the playing 11 as almost all the players are in fine form. Pakistan may make some changes as their batting collapsed in front of the fiery West Indies pace. But Pakistan have a long road to cover as their confidence must be shaken after the collapse against West Indies at the Oval due to bouncer barrage.
Sarfaraz Khan during practice session. Photo: ReutersAlso, Trent Bridge is known as a batsman’s paradise and hosts England have twice set the world record for the highest score in a one-day international at the venue— 444/3 against Pakistan in 2016 and last year’s 481/6.
England, in the light of Pakistan’s problems against short-pitched bowling, may unleash Mark Wood in partnership with Jofra Archer.
Overall, it’s a contest between England’s strong batting line-up and Pakistan’s aggresive pace battery.
Also, the addition of Jofra Archer, who announced himself on world stage with three key wickets, has strengthened England’s pace attack. Pakistan have an aggressive pace attack and it will be a contest of a strong batting side against an agressive bowling side.
Photo: ReutersPakistan team News: All is not well in the Pakistan camp and they need to get their act together to avoid early scare at the World Cup. The bowling unit looks fine with Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz leading from front in bowling short and pacy deliveries. Imad Wasim can be a key player too for the side as the tournament progresses.
Pakistan’s batsmen, however, will have to work extra to hand good total so that the bowlers get some space to create their web. Haris Sohail, Babar Azam, Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman faces a tough challenge.
Here are the playing 11 prediction of both the team
England Playing 11: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid
Pakistan Playing 11: Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c & wk), Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Haris Sohail, Babar Azam, Imam-ul-Haq, Imad Wasim, Fakhar Zaman, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali
ICC World Cup 2019, Macth 6: England vs Pakistan Live streaming details
Date and Day: June 3, 2019, Monday.
Place: Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Time: 3:00 pm IST, 10:30 am local time
The World Cup 2019 England vs Pakistan match live streaming will be available live on Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 1 in English Commentary and Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 Hindi HD in Hindi Commentary. The live streaming of the World Cup 2019 England vs Pakistan match will be available on Hotstar.
Here are the squads of both the teams
England: Eoin Morgan (c), Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, James Vince, Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Liam Dawson, Tom Curran, Liam Plunkett, Mark Wood, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Joe Root
Pakistan: Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c & wk), Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Haris Sohail, Babar Azam, Imam-ul-Haq, Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Fakhar Zaman, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Hasnain.
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