Pakistan v England, 3rd ODI, Dubai February 17, 2012

England on verge of series success

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Match Facts

February 18, Dubai
Start time 1500 (1100 GMT)

The Big Picture

England's whitewash in the Tests was unexpected and so, too, is their current standing in the one-day series. They are already in an unassailable position following two victories in Abu Dhabi - spearheaded by Alastair Cook and Steven Finn - and a win in Dubai will give them a notable series victory which would buck the trend of their recent struggles away from home in this format.

And they hold the advantage despite only two batsmen firing. Cook has been outstanding with a pair of well-crafted hundreds and was well supported on both occasions by his Essex team-mate Ravi Bopara. The others still have significant issues to confront and it can't be left to the captain all the time. Unlike the batsmen, all the bowlers have played key roles and, as in Test cricket, England possess a fine attack.

Pakistan have plenty of issues to sort out. They appear short of a quality batsman and can't quite decide on the balance of their team. They have got one game left to find out some answers before it is too late to save the series.

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Quietly Samit Patel is have a good few months for England. He didn't lose ground during the whitewash in India and has played a crucial part in the two victories here. His left-arm spin is proving hard to score off - only Afridi, briefly, took to him in Abu Dhabi - while he is selfless with the bat when needed and held a decent catch to remove the dangerous Umar Akmal in the second game. There could well be changes to England's Test squad for Sri Lanka and Patel has done himself no harm.

It took a month, but England finally managed to get through an innings without major damage against Saeed Ajmal during the second one-day international. Ajmal's figures of 1 for 54 were ordinary compared to his recent exploits, but it would be dangerous to suggest England are close to cracking him. It will be a surprise if he goes two consecutive matches with little impact.

Team news

Pakistan appear very unsure about what to do with their team, but the lower-order clearly needs to be strengthened. One option is to recall Shoaib Malik, who can also bowl some offspin, or bring in the young allrounder Hammad Azam. Either way it could be Abdur Rehman who makes away after a wicketless display in Abu Dhabi and a horrid 12-ball innings. They may also feel compelled to change the wicketkeeper after two poor games by Umar Akmal, but then balance becomes an issue.

Pakistan (possible) 1 Mohammad Hafeez, 2 Imran Farhat, 3 Azhar Ali, 4 Younis Khan, 5 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 6 Umar Akmal (wk), 7 Hammad Azam, 8 Shahid Afridi, 9 Umar Gul, 10 Saeed Ajmal, 11 Aizaz Cheema

England have a fully fit squad to select from for the first time in the series so it's a question of whether they want any rotation. James Anderson could make way for Tim Bresnan but it would be tough on Anderson who bowled well in the second match. Kevin Pietersen remains under pressure.

England (possible) 1 Alastair Cook, 2 Kevin Pietersen, 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Ravi Bopara, 5 Eoin Morgan, 6 Craig Kieswetter (wk), 7 Samit Patel, 8 Stuart Broad, 9 Graeme Swann, 10 James Anderson, 11 Steven Finn

Pitch and conditions

A sandstorm caused significant issues for England's training session and the players were forced to wear sunglasses. The wind is due to be strong again on match-day so there could yet be a few problems. The pitch is unlikely to differ much from what has been on offer throughout the tour.

Stats and trivia

  • No England batsman has scored three consecutive one-day international hundreds

  • James Anderson became England's leading wicket-taker against Pakistan during the previous match

  • Pakistan's batsmen have yet to score a half-century in the series

Quotes

"Cooky's such a good player, who is fulfilling his role in the team really, really well. You can't complain when you get two hundreds in successive games."
Kevin Pietersen was full of praise for his captain.

"England have performed very well in both ODIs. They have beaten us in every department."
Misbah-ul-Haq knows where Pakistan need to improve. Everywhere.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on February 18, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    one of the commenter shared very sensible option that azhar ali started his carreer as a spinner so he can bowl decent 5 6 overs plus for the second seamer position hammad azam is not bad option so our playing 11 will get rid of too lenghty tail .Farhat and malik should be replaced as soon as possible .as from available players my 11 should be 1.hafeez 2.farhat 3.azhar 4.umar 5.younis 6. misbah 7 shafik 8. afridi 9. hammad 10.ajmal 11.gul

  • on February 18, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    one of the commenter shared very sensible option that azhar ali started his carreer as a spinner so he can bowl decent 5 6 overs plus for the second seamer position hammad azam is not bad option so our playing 11 will get rid of too lenghty tail .Farhat and malik should be replaced as soon as possible .as from available players my 11 should be 1.hafeez 2.farhat 3.azhar 4.umar 5.younis 6. misbah 7 shafik 8. afridi 9. hammad 10.ajmal 11.gul

  • on February 18, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    Pak will win if bowlers performs OR they bring Umar Akmal & #Afridi in top 5 ..... otherwise if top order don't perform then Ali, Younis & Misbah never gave good situation for Umar & Afridi to performs, umar & Afridi always come in difficult and all Pakistan want them to perform miracle ......

  • Sumra_cric_lover on February 18, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    In my opinion the team for todays match should be 1) Muhammad Hafeez 2) Asad Shafiq 3) Younis Khan 4) Umar Akmal 5) Misbah-ul-Haq 6) Shahid Afridi 7) Adnan Akmal 8) Hammad Azam 9) Umar Gul 10) Saeed Ajmal 11) Aizaz Cheema. This is the right combinantion with excellent balance and the specialist keeper in the team plus depth in the batting (batsmen till No.8) and a lot of bowling options (3 Spinners, 3 seamers).

  • on February 18, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    Pakistan has forgot ,how to play the ODI's,Their opening pair is pathetic,and when they chase,they play recklessly ,they don't have any specific plans.Give Youngsters a chance,Hammad azam should replace one of the openers,mostly farhad.Misbah plays like test cricket.The world is changing and playing aggressive cricket,and Misbah plays like early 80's ODI cricket.it looks funny,bring on youngsters,pack the old legs to home ..he he he !!!

  • on February 18, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    I think there is no need of Umar Gul in ODI for Pakistan Team. Selection Committee should give a chance to another fast bowler. Pakistani Team needs consistence performance not ten out of one. So Gul please take some rest and think about your performance and the other player gets a chance to perform.

  • on February 18, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    My team for 3rd Odi 1-Hafeez, 2-Asad Shafiq, 3-Younis Khan, 4- Azhar Ali, 5-Misbah-ul-Haq, 6-Umar Akmal, 7- Adnan Akmal, 8- Shahid Afridi, 9- Umar Gul, 10- Saeed Ajmal, 11- Aizaz Cheema

    We still have five specialist bowlers Gul, Ajmal, Cheema, Afridi and Hafeez (2nd in the Top ODI bowlers). Adnan can still hang around with the bat while Asad Shafiq has been opening the innings in domestic cricket. We certainly need more batting strength

  • khurramsch on February 18, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    yes balnace of pak team is not right. in 2nd odi 5 man tail. yes i will consider afridi as half in tail.but stil they were in chase & messed it up. they just needed to b cool at 44 required of 36 but afridi madly swings. the reason for this tail is that pak never thought to develop a meduim pace allrounder after razak.last year they played many small teams but never bothered to try couple of medium allrounder.now they can boost batting by selecting hammad as a second seamer if they want 4 spinners. also apart from hafez, umar akmal, & sometimes afridi all others in top 7 are same slow paced which will effect in run chase.

  • on February 18, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    It is important to have a quality wicket keeper in the side. Pakistan must play Adnan Akmal and send Umar Akmal up the order, may be at number 4. My Team:

    Hafeez, Azhar, Umar, younus, Misbah, Shafiq, Afridi, Adnan, Gul, Ajmal and any of the rest three fast bowlers, Riyaz/Cheema/Junaid

  • Behind_the_Wicket on February 18, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    Pakistan is going to lose again , All Test Players are playing ODI can't increase run rate and in the last Afridi and Akmal have to play wild shots in this situation they lost their wickets. ( Misbah , Azhar and Younas should play only test cricket)

  • on February 18, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    one of the commenter shared very sensible option that azhar ali started his carreer as a spinner so he can bowl decent 5 6 overs plus for the second seamer position hammad azam is not bad option so our playing 11 will get rid of too lenghty tail .Farhat and malik should be replaced as soon as possible .as from available players my 11 should be 1.hafeez 2.farhat 3.azhar 4.umar 5.younis 6. misbah 7 shafik 8. afridi 9. hammad 10.ajmal 11.gul

  • on February 18, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    one of the commenter shared very sensible option that azhar ali started his carreer as a spinner so he can bowl decent 5 6 overs plus for the second seamer position hammad azam is not bad option so our playing 11 will get rid of too lenghty tail .Farhat and malik should be replaced as soon as possible .as from available players my 11 should be 1.hafeez 2.farhat 3.azhar 4.umar 5.younis 6. misbah 7 shafik 8. afridi 9. hammad 10.ajmal 11.gul

  • on February 18, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    Pak will win if bowlers performs OR they bring Umar Akmal & #Afridi in top 5 ..... otherwise if top order don't perform then Ali, Younis & Misbah never gave good situation for Umar & Afridi to performs, umar & Afridi always come in difficult and all Pakistan want them to perform miracle ......

  • Sumra_cric_lover on February 18, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    In my opinion the team for todays match should be 1) Muhammad Hafeez 2) Asad Shafiq 3) Younis Khan 4) Umar Akmal 5) Misbah-ul-Haq 6) Shahid Afridi 7) Adnan Akmal 8) Hammad Azam 9) Umar Gul 10) Saeed Ajmal 11) Aizaz Cheema. This is the right combinantion with excellent balance and the specialist keeper in the team plus depth in the batting (batsmen till No.8) and a lot of bowling options (3 Spinners, 3 seamers).

  • on February 18, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    Pakistan has forgot ,how to play the ODI's,Their opening pair is pathetic,and when they chase,they play recklessly ,they don't have any specific plans.Give Youngsters a chance,Hammad azam should replace one of the openers,mostly farhad.Misbah plays like test cricket.The world is changing and playing aggressive cricket,and Misbah plays like early 80's ODI cricket.it looks funny,bring on youngsters,pack the old legs to home ..he he he !!!

  • on February 18, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    I think there is no need of Umar Gul in ODI for Pakistan Team. Selection Committee should give a chance to another fast bowler. Pakistani Team needs consistence performance not ten out of one. So Gul please take some rest and think about your performance and the other player gets a chance to perform.

  • on February 18, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    My team for 3rd Odi 1-Hafeez, 2-Asad Shafiq, 3-Younis Khan, 4- Azhar Ali, 5-Misbah-ul-Haq, 6-Umar Akmal, 7- Adnan Akmal, 8- Shahid Afridi, 9- Umar Gul, 10- Saeed Ajmal, 11- Aizaz Cheema

    We still have five specialist bowlers Gul, Ajmal, Cheema, Afridi and Hafeez (2nd in the Top ODI bowlers). Adnan can still hang around with the bat while Asad Shafiq has been opening the innings in domestic cricket. We certainly need more batting strength

  • khurramsch on February 18, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    yes balnace of pak team is not right. in 2nd odi 5 man tail. yes i will consider afridi as half in tail.but stil they were in chase & messed it up. they just needed to b cool at 44 required of 36 but afridi madly swings. the reason for this tail is that pak never thought to develop a meduim pace allrounder after razak.last year they played many small teams but never bothered to try couple of medium allrounder.now they can boost batting by selecting hammad as a second seamer if they want 4 spinners. also apart from hafez, umar akmal, & sometimes afridi all others in top 7 are same slow paced which will effect in run chase.

  • on February 18, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    It is important to have a quality wicket keeper in the side. Pakistan must play Adnan Akmal and send Umar Akmal up the order, may be at number 4. My Team:

    Hafeez, Azhar, Umar, younus, Misbah, Shafiq, Afridi, Adnan, Gul, Ajmal and any of the rest three fast bowlers, Riyaz/Cheema/Junaid

  • Behind_the_Wicket on February 18, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    Pakistan is going to lose again , All Test Players are playing ODI can't increase run rate and in the last Afridi and Akmal have to play wild shots in this situation they lost their wickets. ( Misbah , Azhar and Younas should play only test cricket)

  • rahulcricket007 on February 18, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    ENGLAND WILL WIN IF ENGLAND MAKE MORE THAN 240 ON BATTING FIRST . PAKISTAN BATSMEN EXCEPT THE CASE OF AKMAL & AFRIDI WASTE TOO MUCH BALLS FOR A LITTLE RUNS & THEN GETS OUT .

  • on February 18, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    (1)Mohammed Hafeez(2)Imran farhat(3)Azhar Ali(4)Younis Khan(5)Misbah(6)Umar akmal(7)Afridi(8)Adnan akmal(9)Ajmal(10)Umar gul (11) Cheema

  • Sports4Youth on February 18, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    @ MeAsAFan on (Feb 18 2012, 01:37 AM GMT) : - Right Even i would prefer the Combinaiton. But the main man Misbha should agree.

  • Hammad1979 on February 18, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    My team will be======== 1)-Muhammad Hafeez 2)-Azhar Ali 3)-Younus Khan 4)-Misbah-ul-Haq5)-Umar Akmal 6)- Asad Shafiq 7)-Hammad Azam 8)-Shahid Afridi 9)-Saeed Ajmal 10)- Umar Gul 11)-Aiza Cheema/Junaid Khan

  • naseer90 on February 18, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    i can't understand why there is need for rehman or malik...there is Azhar Ali he can bowl 5 -7 overs with his spin option...he also was just a bowler before emerging as a batsman.....they should play Adnan to get better results in place of rehman or malik.... and shafiq should also be given long run..

  • Fawwad_Siddiqui on February 18, 2012, 4:55 GMT

    My 11....Malik, Umar Akmal, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz, Younis Khan Hafiz, Asad Shafiq, Yonis Khan, Umer Akmal, Misbah Ul Haq, Shahid Afridi,Hammad Azam,Wahab Riaz,Adnan Akmal,Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal... get rid of Farhat....and malik...and there is no sense of playing abdur rehman in presence of hafiz lala and ajmal in the side....

  • Alikhan.dxb on February 18, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    My team for 3rd one day would be 1. Hafeez 2. Shafiq 3. Misbah 4. Younis 5. Umar Akmal 6. Azher ali 7. Afridi 8. Adnan Akmal 9. Saeed Ajmal 10. Umar Gul 11. Juniad Khan / Aziz Chima, i think it will win the match

  • on February 18, 2012, 2:49 GMT

    Pakistan should play this team - 1. Hafeez 2. Awais Zia 3. Azhar 4. Younus 5. Umar 6. Misbah 7. Afridi 8. Hammad 9. Ajmal 10. Gul 11. Junaid

  • Lakpj on February 18, 2012, 2:45 GMT

    Pakistan must have under estimated Eng thinking the result of the test series. ODI series is where I really thought Pak would have strong grip over England. Seems that it will be tough for Pak to get back into this series now. Typical Pakistan, after playing great cricket for a couple of months they are back to their old selves.

  • 6sir on February 18, 2012, 2:18 GMT

    Quality rules not quantity. Even if Pakistan plays 10 batsman it is not going to work. Play specialist wicketkeeper, quality bowler and quality batsman, not part timers.

  • jmcilhinney on February 18, 2012, 2:08 GMT

    @Jawad Shaikh, it's simple: play better than the other team, win the match.

  • MeAsFan on February 18, 2012, 1:37 GMT

    Pakistan need to invest on new youngstar rather than giving change to tested failure players; Lineup for 3rd ODI: 1. M. Hafeez, 2. A. Ali, 3. U. Akmal, 4. M. Haq, 5. A. Shafiq, 6. H. Azam, 7. S. Afridi, 8. A. Akmal (wk), 9. S. Ajmal, 10. J. Khan, 11. A. Cheema

  • 6sir on February 18, 2012, 1:01 GMT

    Quantity does not work, even if Pakistan play 10 batsman result will be the same.Bring in specialist wicket keeper, batsman and bowlers not part timers.

  • landl47 on February 18, 2012, 0:46 GMT

    I don't know why Pakistan wants two seamers in the side anyway. Surely Gul or Cheema plus Hafeez, Afridi, Rehman and Ajmal would be their best bowling line-up, with another specialist batsman coming in for the second seamer? Rehman was the most economical bowler on either side in the last game, why drop him?

  • Malti65 on February 18, 2012, 0:02 GMT

    @ pakfan2010 : i agree. This is a better team. But Misbah has said that he is happy with Imran Farhat, and cannot play a specialist keeper. I feel he is not prepared to drop Younis and Gul. So his team willl be radically different from this.

  • on February 17, 2012, 23:27 GMT

    It is simple ... Win the toss, won the match..

  • billamas on February 17, 2012, 22:49 GMT

    My time for Pakistan: M. Hafeez, Imran Farhat, Azhar ali, Umer akmal, Asad/yonous, Misbah, Afraidi, Hamad, Shoaib, Umer gul ,Saeed,

  • CrazyforcricketIII on February 17, 2012, 22:41 GMT

    If "senior batsmen" did not start behaving, Pakistan will loose this match too!

  • Omarrz on February 17, 2012, 22:24 GMT

    1. Hafeez 2. Farhat 3. Azhar 4. Yonis 5. Misbah 6. Shoaib 7. Umer 8. Afridi 9. Hammad 10. Saeed 11. Gul/Wahab

    We need a lot of batsmen!

  • on February 17, 2012, 22:23 GMT

    Pakistan has got good match winner but poor captaincy and coach is costing the game... Misbah CAptincy will make it difficult to win against good team 1- M hafeez 2- A Ali/ I Farhat 3- Umar Akmal 4- Asad Shafiq 5- Afridi 6- Younis Khan 7-Misbah/S MAlik 8-Adnan Akmal 9- Umar Gul 10- S Ajmal 11- W Raiz / Cheema Misbah should not be in the team in ODI & T20... he lacks creativity .... Afridi was aggressive and creative but coach and team management didn't support him otherwise he would have taken team another standard ...... Afridi should be captain!!!! bring Yousuf back in ODI so we dont need any test player in ODI .....

  • on February 17, 2012, 22:06 GMT

    England will win .... playing as good unit .... Pakistan is victim of poor captaincy and coaching ..... they almost redundant Pakistan fast bowlers, which was strength in last 2 decades .... such poor captaincy and coaching - Aqib will be better off coaching UAE ..... field placing is poor therefore no catches - most of the english batsmen got out lbw, b or caught behind so fielder are redundant as well....... Pakistan if bowliers click and /or umar Akmal and afridi score runs and hope they will play at 3,4,5.....PAk is wasting very talented AKmal and AFridi forcing to play with Misbah - how can not take single doubles :(

  • Sports4Youth on February 17, 2012, 21:51 GMT

    @ Ramkumar Ramachandra on (Feb 17 2012, 20:52 PM GMT) :-- Tomorrow you are likely to be proved right by Misbah. Because with his Test match captaincy approoach and the rigidity in seletion the XI, I dont expect much to change.

  • Sports4Youth on February 17, 2012, 21:45 GMT

    SORRY. ONE MSTAKE IN MY EARLIER TEAM. JUNAID KHAN IN FOR GUL. - I would like to see the following Pak team. 1)M.Hafeez, 2)A.Ali, 3)Y.Khan/H.Azam, 4)U.Akmal, 5)Misbah(capt), 6)A.Shafiq , 7)Adnan Akmal (wk) , 8)S.Afridi, 9)S.Ajmal, 10)A.Cheema, 11)J.Khan.. I hope atleast he brings in the professional keeper.

  • pakfan2010 on February 17, 2012, 21:32 GMT

    pakistan need to play this team:- hafeez, azhar, u akmal, misbah, shafiq, afridi, a akmal, h azam, ajmal, junaid, cheema

    h azam needs a chance, gul and younis needs a rest, and pakistan need a specialist keeper. imran farahat scored runs last match but i still dont think he is international standard.

  • drdani on February 17, 2012, 21:20 GMT

    @Ramkumar--bro how can u say that pak batting is not upto the mark?? n if ur saying that this bowling attack of engalnd is a 'good' one than let me remind u that this same bowling attack was taken to task in the test matches by the 'not-so-good' batting of pakistan...n the same batting line nearly finished the job in the 2nd odi...no doubt that england is a better team than pak on the whole,but this team of pak has the potential to upset them,n m hoping they would do it in this 3rd match.

  • on February 17, 2012, 20:52 GMT

    Pakistans batting is just not good enough to win against good pace bowling. I predict another English victory tomorrow.

  • on February 17, 2012, 20:43 GMT

    Junaid should replace Gul.. No A Rehman, Hammad is better Yunus should rest Bring Asad for Yunus

  • Sports4Youth on February 17, 2012, 20:40 GMT

    I would like to see the following Pak team. 1)M.Hafeez, 2)A.Ali, 3)Y.Khan/H.Azam, 4)U.Akmal, 5)Misbah(capt), 6)A.Shafiq , 7)Adnan Akmal (wk) , 8)S.Afridi, 9)U.Gul, 10)S.Ajmal, 11)A.Cheema . BUT FRANKY SPEAKING I DONT THINK MISBAH WILL DO THESE CHANGES. IF ONLY HE COULD FIX THE WICKET KEEPER PROBLEM, IT COULD MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE.

  • Sports4Youth on February 17, 2012, 20:30 GMT

    First of all i agree that cook played a good, calm and calcuted innings in both the games. But having said that i would like to add that the Stats of three consecutive hundreds is taking it a little too far. Uptill now no other team may have kept part-time wicket keeper to give the centurion early lives. However, having said that I don't expect Misbah to improve on that count. I think yet again he may give the gloves to Umar Akmal , add to that the non-performing nature of Umar Gul, and that can increase Cooks chance. unprofessional Wicket Keeping coupled with failed fast bowling is putting too much pressure on Ajmal, Afridi & Hafeez. Also Pakistan's battng failures are well documented. HOWEVER, one important factor still remains. THE TOSS. Uptill now England have been lucky. Tomorow that may change.

  • drdani on February 17, 2012, 20:17 GMT

    very true that pak has to emphasise on correct selection of players...important would be to select a regular keeper....loosing the toss would not be a big issue as pak nearly got to the target in the 2nd odi.

  • Zahidsaltin on February 17, 2012, 20:10 GMT

    Umar Gul hasn't played any role in the last two matches. Hammad Azzam couldn't be worse than him. SO replace Umar Gul with Hammad and Abdul Rehman with Shoaib.

  • Dannymania on February 17, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    I really like the pakistani team that was mentioned in the preview,with only one teeny tiny change.I'ld want Wahab riaz in the team,in place of either aizaz cheema or umar gul.It seems practical to remove cheema if such a situation arises,but then i dont remember the last match when umar gul performed and won his team the match.Cheema is performing well,because he needs to perform well to make a spot in the team.Wahab is going to do the same.Umar gul already has a spot in the team and so he doesnt try that hard.hammad azam should be included in the team,i dont care who has to be removed to get azam in,he has to be IN!

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  • Dannymania on February 17, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    I really like the pakistani team that was mentioned in the preview,with only one teeny tiny change.I'ld want Wahab riaz in the team,in place of either aizaz cheema or umar gul.It seems practical to remove cheema if such a situation arises,but then i dont remember the last match when umar gul performed and won his team the match.Cheema is performing well,because he needs to perform well to make a spot in the team.Wahab is going to do the same.Umar gul already has a spot in the team and so he doesnt try that hard.hammad azam should be included in the team,i dont care who has to be removed to get azam in,he has to be IN!

  • Zahidsaltin on February 17, 2012, 20:10 GMT

    Umar Gul hasn't played any role in the last two matches. Hammad Azzam couldn't be worse than him. SO replace Umar Gul with Hammad and Abdul Rehman with Shoaib.

  • drdani on February 17, 2012, 20:17 GMT

    very true that pak has to emphasise on correct selection of players...important would be to select a regular keeper....loosing the toss would not be a big issue as pak nearly got to the target in the 2nd odi.

  • Sports4Youth on February 17, 2012, 20:30 GMT

    First of all i agree that cook played a good, calm and calcuted innings in both the games. But having said that i would like to add that the Stats of three consecutive hundreds is taking it a little too far. Uptill now no other team may have kept part-time wicket keeper to give the centurion early lives. However, having said that I don't expect Misbah to improve on that count. I think yet again he may give the gloves to Umar Akmal , add to that the non-performing nature of Umar Gul, and that can increase Cooks chance. unprofessional Wicket Keeping coupled with failed fast bowling is putting too much pressure on Ajmal, Afridi & Hafeez. Also Pakistan's battng failures are well documented. HOWEVER, one important factor still remains. THE TOSS. Uptill now England have been lucky. Tomorow that may change.

  • Sports4Youth on February 17, 2012, 20:40 GMT

    I would like to see the following Pak team. 1)M.Hafeez, 2)A.Ali, 3)Y.Khan/H.Azam, 4)U.Akmal, 5)Misbah(capt), 6)A.Shafiq , 7)Adnan Akmal (wk) , 8)S.Afridi, 9)U.Gul, 10)S.Ajmal, 11)A.Cheema . BUT FRANKY SPEAKING I DONT THINK MISBAH WILL DO THESE CHANGES. IF ONLY HE COULD FIX THE WICKET KEEPER PROBLEM, IT COULD MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE.

  • on February 17, 2012, 20:43 GMT

    Junaid should replace Gul.. No A Rehman, Hammad is better Yunus should rest Bring Asad for Yunus

  • on February 17, 2012, 20:52 GMT

    Pakistans batting is just not good enough to win against good pace bowling. I predict another English victory tomorrow.

  • drdani on February 17, 2012, 21:20 GMT

    @Ramkumar--bro how can u say that pak batting is not upto the mark?? n if ur saying that this bowling attack of engalnd is a 'good' one than let me remind u that this same bowling attack was taken to task in the test matches by the 'not-so-good' batting of pakistan...n the same batting line nearly finished the job in the 2nd odi...no doubt that england is a better team than pak on the whole,but this team of pak has the potential to upset them,n m hoping they would do it in this 3rd match.

  • pakfan2010 on February 17, 2012, 21:32 GMT

    pakistan need to play this team:- hafeez, azhar, u akmal, misbah, shafiq, afridi, a akmal, h azam, ajmal, junaid, cheema

    h azam needs a chance, gul and younis needs a rest, and pakistan need a specialist keeper. imran farahat scored runs last match but i still dont think he is international standard.

  • Sports4Youth on February 17, 2012, 21:45 GMT

    SORRY. ONE MSTAKE IN MY EARLIER TEAM. JUNAID KHAN IN FOR GUL. - I would like to see the following Pak team. 1)M.Hafeez, 2)A.Ali, 3)Y.Khan/H.Azam, 4)U.Akmal, 5)Misbah(capt), 6)A.Shafiq , 7)Adnan Akmal (wk) , 8)S.Afridi, 9)S.Ajmal, 10)A.Cheema, 11)J.Khan.. I hope atleast he brings in the professional keeper.