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February 14, 2012
Blogs : Pakistan v England ODIs: in numbers
Analysis : Captain Cook defies doubters
Features : Classy Cook above them all
Report : Cook and Finn star in England's first victory
Matches: England v Pakistan at Abu Dhabi
Series/Tournaments: England tour of United Arab Emirates
But what of Pakistan? Their batting vulnerabilities were masked as their spinners dominated the Test series but they were apparent again as they found Finn's opening burst impossible to contain. Bowl straight and full at Pakistan's top order, England have concluded, and you will prosper. If Pakistan take note of Cook's innings they may be tempted to ask Azhar Ali or Asad Shafiq to try to play a similar stabilising role.
Players to watch
If you missed Steven Finn's audition on Monday to be viewed as one of an exciting crop of new fast bowlers then don't make the mistake again. Finn was the stock answer to the "can you take any positives out of this?" cliché as England were drubbed 5-0 in India in October. Pakistan will not want him to get another opportunity to bowl under the lights as the dew enlivens the pitch.
England could bring in Tim Bresnan for batting depth and that would put James Anderson's place under threat. Jade Dernbach might have to wait for his chance until Dubai.
Pakistan (probable) 1 Mohammad Hafeez, 2 Imran Farhat, 3 Asad Shafiq, 4 Younis Khan, 5 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 6 Umar Akmal, 7 Adnam Akmal (wk), 8 Shahid Afridi, 9 Umar Gul, 10 Saeed Ajmal, 11 Wahab Riaz
England (probable) 1 Alastair Cook (capt), 2 Kevin Pietersen, 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Ravi Bopara, 5 Eoin Morgan, 6 Craig Kieswetter (wk), 7 Samit Patel, 8 Tim Bresnan, 9 Stuart Broad, 10 Graeme Swann, 11 Steven Finn
Pitch and conditions
Stats and trivia
"I hope there is no panic. We should not panic because we have not batted badly in the last four or five matches so we need to try our best and put Monday's performance behind us."
Younis Khan, Pakistan batsman and former captain, appeals for calm.
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