Pakistan v England, 4th ODI, Dubai February 20, 2012

England home in on whitewash

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Match Facts

February 21, Dubai
Start time 1500 (1100 GMT)

The Big Picture

This time it's Pakistan who have only pride to play for. England are in search of a whitewash that will give some solace following the reversal in the Test series and, given how they have dominated in the one-dayers so far, they are strong favourites to complete the cleansweep.

A 4-0 margin will move England up to fourth in the ICC rankings, nothing to write home amount in itself but a sign that progress is already being made in the 50-over format. The conditions they have faced in this series haven't quite replicated the subcontinent at its toughest - that will come against India early next year - but neither is the next World Cup going to be held on dustbowls.

England's quick bowlers have been outstanding throughout the tour and now they are being led by Steven Finn. The fact Tim Bresnan hasn't been able to walk back into the team - match readiness or not - shows how strong England's options have become.

Pakistan appear at a turning point with their one-day side. With an eye on the next World Cup they need to give the likes of Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq a chance to bed in even if it means short-term pain. They also need a better plan B when their spinners don't dominate. Umar Gul's form has been a major problem and they may need to look again at some new pace options.

Form guide

(Most recent first)

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Watch out for...

There are signs, albeit small ones at the moment, that Eoin Morgan is emerging from the form slump that engulfed his performances in the Test series. A couple of unbeaten innings have enabled him to feel bat on ball and he was promoted to No. 3 in the previous game. Long term he is still a perfect finisher for England, and if Morgan can produce a significant score it will be another tick.

Pakistan need more from Mohammad Hafeez. Since he made 88 in the opening Test against England he has had a number of starts without building a substantial innings. In the third ODI he had taken the attack to Stuart Broad only to fall two overs later for 29. He's wasting form that Pakistan can ill-afford not to make the most if. His offspin has also lost some of its effectiveness as England's batsmen take a more positive approach.

Team news

It's anyone's guess what Pakistan will do, especially as a number of players are suffering from flu. A dead ODI would appear the perfect chance to play Hammad Azam, the allrounder, while it also offers the chance to look at Junaid Khan, perhaps at the expense of the struggling Gul.

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

England's only questions are rest and rotation. Jos Buttler and Tim Bresnan were both expected to figure in this series but injuries meant being sat on the sidelines. It's now hard to find space in the team, although Bresnan for James Anderson remains a logical switch.

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

The surface for Saturday's game produced more pace and bounce than has been seen throughout the tour which certainly didn't suit Pakistan's game. Neither did batting first help them much. The same pitch is due to be used again which means there may be a little more assistance for the spinners.

Stats and trivia

  • The most wickets by an England bowler in a one-day series is 15 in six matches by Paul Jarvis against India, in 1992-93, and Steven Finn currently has 11 scalps in three games.

  • Alastair Cook is currently fourth in the list of most runs scored in a one-day series for England

  • England have completed 10 previous whitewashes in a series of at least three matches while Pakistan have been whitewashed six times.

Quotes

"We did not bowl properly, we did not bat properly and we did not field properly. We haven't played to our potential."
Mohsin Khan, Pakistan's coach, is aware his side have some improving to do

"Even though I spent some time in India before Christmas, it doesn't replicate what you're up against. But I've played a lot of subcontinent cricket and I should be used to it. I wasn't, and my skill levels weren't up to scratch."
England batsman Eoin Morgan admits he has been well below his best

Edited by Alan Gardner

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • JG2704 on February 22, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    @ khurramsch on (February 21 2012, 10:10 AM GMT) - Yeah you're absolutely right there. It's a strange game. In the test series I never felt comfortable about England's batsmen chasing any sort of total and yet in the ODIs where we are usually poor It's looked more comfortable. I think in some ways the OD series reflected the Test series only in reverse. In the test series (apart from the 1st test) England were competitive and certainly were on top at times but could not for whatever reason maintain any control. The same goes for Pakistan in the OD series where they have been in very decent positions and then their batsmen capitulate. Even in today's match they had Eng 4-0 down and were unable to make that all important breakthrough to get nearer to the tail.

  • on February 21, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    even if Pakistan win today the most disappointing thing was that there was no chance given to likes of hammad azam,you cant serve old wine in a old bottle not even the bottle is new(shoaib malik).

  • LastKnight on February 21, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    Umar Akmal coming in at 4 down or 5 down , that's ridiculous.ODI cricket is altogether different world. Oppositions have cut restrict ur run rate as well as to take wickets.You bring Azhar Ali in , straightaway the msg to opposition that they dont have to worry to cut our scoring options, in that case only thing they have to implement is to take wickets.An easier situation . It's not about skills or talent , it's about ur thought process and its implementation that differs in ODIs and TESTS. Pak team are lacking ODI thought processing . Won't win with 11 batsmen and 11 bowlers without mastering ODI demands.

  • Heart_of_Oak on February 21, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    Ahmedfarooq, I think you're being a bit hard on your players when you use words like 'cringe'. I can understand your frustration and disappointment at the results of the ODIs but your test team absolutely hammered us in the tests, showing that our batsmen really struggle against high class spin bowling. So all is not lost for Pakistani cricket, there are many positives for you and all Pakistanis to home in on.

    In a normal enironment, the progress made by Pakistan would be good. But coming so soon after spot fixing scandals, your cricket team has done its nation proud. I could argue you'd have done even better if you'd been able to play in Pakistan.

    Alot of credit has to go to Misbah ul Haq who looks to be a very good captain to me. For England, I am impressed with Steven Finn who is bowling accurately at over 90 miles an hour and is proving hard to score off.

  • irfan0303 on February 21, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    My Favorite team (Hammad Azam, Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Shafeeq, Umer Akmal, Misbah, Shahi Afridi, Adnan Akmal, Saeed Ajmal, Cheema & Wahab Riaz.) Gul should take rest for some time.

  • drdani on February 21, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    @JG2704--totally agree about the pressure thing..before test matches eng had the pressure to prove their superiority while pak just enjoyed being #6..after losing test series eng came out of that pressure n played with open mind resulting in their dominance in odi series...if thats the case, pak will surely enjoy the T20s..also i think pak has every reason to win the last odi because they have nothing to loose.

  • irfan0303 on February 21, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    Imran Farhat must be replaced with Hammad Azam. My Favorite team Hammad Azam, Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Shafeeq, Umer Akmal, Misbah, Shahi Afridi, Adnan Akmal, Saeed Ajmal, Wahab Riaz. Once again My Favorite team ( Hammad Azam, Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Shafeeq, Umer Akmal, Misbah, Shahi Afridi, Adnan Akmal, Saeed Ajmal, Wahab Riaz.) Thank You, Irfan

  • ms.pk_93 on February 21, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    i just hope that PAK wins this one.......i think Abdul-Rehman should play this one....

  • khurramsch on February 21, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    @JG2704 on (February 21 2012, 09:36 AM GMT) : mate i said the same not opposite. i meant tht its not a case of getting use to conditions. odi is diffrent game than tests.so people say tht now england is performing wel as they are getting used to it. but i think its nothing to do with that. in test u can come back in next session. in odi that is not the case & its like now or never. england won as they played better odi cricket. this odi win doent reflect anything about test. & your point about pak taking foot of gass, i think somtimes it happens that when u get hard fought victories in a format u lose other. like last ashes win & the england lost odi 6-1. 1 must admit that england played wel in odi & pak was off colour no batting, no fielding not much bowling from others. you cant win odi with 1 bowler all time.

  • Cricket_Man on February 21, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    Please play HAMMAD AZAM, JUNAID KHAN AND WAHAB RIAZ. WHAT DIFFERENCE WILL WINNING 1 GAME MAKE. LETS TRY OUR YOUNGSTERS AND SEE IF THEY ARE PREPARED FOR THE ASIA CUP WHICH IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER. IF THEY HELP GET US OVER THE VICTORY LINE TODAY IT WILL BE A BIG THING FOR THEM AND THEN ONLY THIS VICTORY WILL BE OF ANY SIGNIFICANCE.

  • JG2704 on February 22, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    @ khurramsch on (February 21 2012, 10:10 AM GMT) - Yeah you're absolutely right there. It's a strange game. In the test series I never felt comfortable about England's batsmen chasing any sort of total and yet in the ODIs where we are usually poor It's looked more comfortable. I think in some ways the OD series reflected the Test series only in reverse. In the test series (apart from the 1st test) England were competitive and certainly were on top at times but could not for whatever reason maintain any control. The same goes for Pakistan in the OD series where they have been in very decent positions and then their batsmen capitulate. Even in today's match they had Eng 4-0 down and were unable to make that all important breakthrough to get nearer to the tail.

  • on February 21, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    even if Pakistan win today the most disappointing thing was that there was no chance given to likes of hammad azam,you cant serve old wine in a old bottle not even the bottle is new(shoaib malik).

  • LastKnight on February 21, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    Umar Akmal coming in at 4 down or 5 down , that's ridiculous.ODI cricket is altogether different world. Oppositions have cut restrict ur run rate as well as to take wickets.You bring Azhar Ali in , straightaway the msg to opposition that they dont have to worry to cut our scoring options, in that case only thing they have to implement is to take wickets.An easier situation . It's not about skills or talent , it's about ur thought process and its implementation that differs in ODIs and TESTS. Pak team are lacking ODI thought processing . Won't win with 11 batsmen and 11 bowlers without mastering ODI demands.

  • Heart_of_Oak on February 21, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    Ahmedfarooq, I think you're being a bit hard on your players when you use words like 'cringe'. I can understand your frustration and disappointment at the results of the ODIs but your test team absolutely hammered us in the tests, showing that our batsmen really struggle against high class spin bowling. So all is not lost for Pakistani cricket, there are many positives for you and all Pakistanis to home in on.

    In a normal enironment, the progress made by Pakistan would be good. But coming so soon after spot fixing scandals, your cricket team has done its nation proud. I could argue you'd have done even better if you'd been able to play in Pakistan.

    Alot of credit has to go to Misbah ul Haq who looks to be a very good captain to me. For England, I am impressed with Steven Finn who is bowling accurately at over 90 miles an hour and is proving hard to score off.

  • irfan0303 on February 21, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    My Favorite team (Hammad Azam, Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Shafeeq, Umer Akmal, Misbah, Shahi Afridi, Adnan Akmal, Saeed Ajmal, Cheema & Wahab Riaz.) Gul should take rest for some time.

  • drdani on February 21, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    @JG2704--totally agree about the pressure thing..before test matches eng had the pressure to prove their superiority while pak just enjoyed being #6..after losing test series eng came out of that pressure n played with open mind resulting in their dominance in odi series...if thats the case, pak will surely enjoy the T20s..also i think pak has every reason to win the last odi because they have nothing to loose.

  • irfan0303 on February 21, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    Imran Farhat must be replaced with Hammad Azam. My Favorite team Hammad Azam, Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Shafeeq, Umer Akmal, Misbah, Shahi Afridi, Adnan Akmal, Saeed Ajmal, Wahab Riaz. Once again My Favorite team ( Hammad Azam, Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Shafeeq, Umer Akmal, Misbah, Shahi Afridi, Adnan Akmal, Saeed Ajmal, Wahab Riaz.) Thank You, Irfan

  • ms.pk_93 on February 21, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    i just hope that PAK wins this one.......i think Abdul-Rehman should play this one....

  • khurramsch on February 21, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    @JG2704 on (February 21 2012, 09:36 AM GMT) : mate i said the same not opposite. i meant tht its not a case of getting use to conditions. odi is diffrent game than tests.so people say tht now england is performing wel as they are getting used to it. but i think its nothing to do with that. in test u can come back in next session. in odi that is not the case & its like now or never. england won as they played better odi cricket. this odi win doent reflect anything about test. & your point about pak taking foot of gass, i think somtimes it happens that when u get hard fought victories in a format u lose other. like last ashes win & the england lost odi 6-1. 1 must admit that england played wel in odi & pak was off colour no batting, no fielding not much bowling from others. you cant win odi with 1 bowler all time.

  • Cricket_Man on February 21, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    Please play HAMMAD AZAM, JUNAID KHAN AND WAHAB RIAZ. WHAT DIFFERENCE WILL WINNING 1 GAME MAKE. LETS TRY OUR YOUNGSTERS AND SEE IF THEY ARE PREPARED FOR THE ASIA CUP WHICH IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER. IF THEY HELP GET US OVER THE VICTORY LINE TODAY IT WILL BE A BIG THING FOR THEM AND THEN ONLY THIS VICTORY WILL BE OF ANY SIGNIFICANCE.

  • on February 21, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    Pakistan's prospect of winning the fourth ODI in Dubai is very slim.They do not have a resilient batting line up capable of weathering swing,seam amd pace of the England's pace trio.Their tendency to cringe and collapse in the face of accurate,pacy swing bowling is quite conspicuous.PCB has to unearth some sturdy,fluent and aggressive young batsmen of the class of Javed Mindad,Inzamam Ul Haq or Mohamed yoosoof to achieve its objective of winning the next world cup.More than their batting Pakistan have to improve their catching and ground fielding ,which are not at all up to the standard expected from a high quality cricket team.

  • keptalittlelow on February 21, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    Frankly Pakistan has been a very poor side throughout this one day series, this is a wake up call for the PCB, its good they have played against a strong side now and have found out where they really stand, a far cry from playing the minnows.

  • on February 21, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    Pakistan's prospect of winning the fourth ODI in Dubai is very slim.They do not have a resilient batting line up capable of weathering swing,seam amd pace of the England's pace trio.Their tendency to cringe and collapse in the face of accurate,pacy swing bowling is quite conspicuous.PCB has to unearth some sturdy,fluent and aggressive young batsmen of the class of Javed Mindad,Inzamam Ul Haq or Mohamed yoosoof to achieve its objective of winning the next world cup.More than their batting Pakistan have to improve their catching and ground fielding ,which are not at all up to the standard expected from a high quality cricket team.

  • Sports4Youth on February 21, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    My biggest problem with U.Gul and I.Farhat is that inspite of they being bad bowlers and batsman they are also very poor fielder. They usually feature in most of the mis-fieldings and dropped catches. That is where Pak looses many matches. Though generally pak are a bad fielding side, some of their fielders are so bad, that they deserve to be dropped from the team for that.

  • JG2704 on February 21, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    I'd really like them to try and squeeze Buttler into this side and play him at 4 or 5 even if it means changing a winning side - maybe coming in for Craig as WK.

  • JG2704 on February 21, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    @dungerno1 on (February 20 2012, 18:57 PM GMT) 1stly it's not a whitewash in the ODIs as we speak. Secondly I don't believe we are a better one day side than Pakistan . Both sides can be brilliant on their days and both can be frustratingly bad in this format. It turned out that probably a bad version of Pak turned up against a good version of England. If they played the series again in 6 months time it could be totally different. England are also much better than they showed in the tests.

  • JG2704 on February 21, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    @Pauline Griffiths on (February 20 2012, 18:52 PM GMT) As far as I'm concerned the only reason to bring in Bresnan for either Broad or Anderson is to rest the latter 2. Swann , I feel has bowled well and done a good containing job.

  • JG2704 on February 21, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    @khurramsch on (February 20 2012, 17:37 PM GMT) I don't think it is so much a case of England winning because they have got used to the conditions. My opinion is that the batsmen bottled it in the test series and Ajmal and co strangled them. In the ODIs I feel that England were fully expected to lose and be whitewashed and they have played with less pressure on them and enjoyed the cricket more. By the same token maybe Pakistan have taken their foot off the gas a little and maybe felt the OD series would be much easier as you won the test series - A format where England are usually much better.

  • on February 21, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    Pls dont be disheartened. In medium term planning this is the time to look at our weekness and try to improve. For todays match pls try different combination take a gamble and go. We have nothing to loose now.

  • nasimmushtaque on February 21, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    I since long time maintained that there is no use of Imran Farhat keep playing, he is simply useless player, he will give away his wicket between a1 to 20, or best he does some thing 50-60, pakistan has to look some new players, even in Test Matches they were luck to white wash the english, as England did not play well and pakistani spinners did very well, otherwise the pakistan's batting was not near to the requirement

  • on February 21, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    Farhat should be dropped and wahab/junaid should come in

  • on February 21, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    Try a new team with youngsters (In batting order)_Nasir Jamshed,Ahmed Shehzad,Hafeez,Umar Akmal,Azhar Ali/Shahzaib Hassan,Misbah,Afridi,Hammad Azam,Raza Hassan,Razzaq,Ajmal.Lets face it,Pakistan don`t have good pace bowlers.So Razzaq and Azam can fill the formality.The rest shall be taken over by spinners and a batting order that extends to the number 10 batsmen.This will secure the future of Pakistan.I`d love to see this team in T20`s and Asia Cup.Does everyone agree?

  • pom_don on February 21, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    It still eludes me why England don't go with Prior in all formats he is the best keeper/batsman in world cricket, keep KP opening & slot Matty back in at six!

  • aakash12345 on February 21, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    if pak want to make team for wc 2015 then my team will after eng sereis is ahmad shahzad nasir jamshed babar azam (captain) umar akmal asad shafiq fawad alam jamal (pindi w keeper) raza hasan junaid khan sadaf hussain m talha

    extra player : azhar,usaman qadir, awais zia ,hamad azam, ane more fast bowler

    if this team lost some sereis so problem after that team will very dangruos

  • Sports4Youth on February 21, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    Pak should concentrate on their fileding and also look for new fast bowlers. Gul & Riaz will not improve, Time to move on. give decent opportunities to Sadaf Hussain and Mohd.Talha. for keeping Sarfraz Ahmed.

  • Sports4Youth on February 21, 2012, 7:52 GMT

    @ Bilal Saeed on (Feb 20 2012, 20:55 PM GMT) :-- Even Waqar Younis has indicated in the commentary during the 2nd & 3rd ODI and also during the post match discussion that Imran Farhat is not good enough at this level. He has issues in his batting and the English bowlers are very sharp and will keep exploiting his weeknesses.

  • Sports4Youth on February 21, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    I hope today Misbah drops I.Farhat and U.Gul. Also i hope today Hammad Azam and Junaid Khan get an opportunity. Also that now Umar Gul's bowling abilities are completely exposed, Pak should bring in Sadaf Hussain and Mohd.Talha and give them a fair opportunity. Also keep persisting with Junaid and Cheema. After all when they go to Aus, SA, Eng, NZ etc they will need three fast bowlers. Also high time to give a fair opportunity to Sarfraz Ahmed.

  • AleemLatif on February 21, 2012, 7:47 GMT

    1: Azhar Ali 2: I.Hafeez 3:Younis khan4: U.Akmal5: Misbah 6: Hammad Azam7: S.Afridi 8: A.Akmal 9: S.Ajmal 10: Wahab riaz 11: A.Junaid Khan

  • on February 21, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    Imran farhat should b dropped.Younis khan is also not obeying his duty.we should win this match to avoid WHITE WASH.

  • nafdan on February 21, 2012, 5:26 GMT

    please give chance to the boys who were carrying drinks and towel they can prove you ur wrong... I hope the senior players are afraid playing the youngsters (thinking that they will lose their place to someone who is a real performer)...do expermineting guys this is dead rubber you hav already lost the series... azhar ali, afridi/malik, asad/malik, umar,misbah, hammad, afridi, adnan, ajmal, junaid, riaz...try malik to open or bat at no.3 i challenge this team can never lose..they shud play like nothing to lose....if malik even fails in this match then we can send him packing....

  • Navaid-Hussain on February 21, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    Plz stop playing with Gul, he is spear head of Pakistan fast bowling, but unable to pick wickets. He performs in one match and does not find any rhythm and give free runs in too many matches. He is very inconsistent to lead the pace attack. Afridi and Akmal played with lot of sense and professionalism in last match it means when they want they can play and when they do not want they can not play with sense.

  • kazizain on February 21, 2012, 4:29 GMT

    y again farhat,azahr ali & adnan,pls change them with hamad,malik & safiq,play riaz instead of cheema,sure they will lose again,4-0 ready,pls male change team in 20 otherwise will lose 20 also,watmore is good coach for pak,they can learn from him how to bat & technical fault in batting,hire wasim for bowling coach when javid is planning to go uae cricket team,best of lk pak,go & play aggressivly

  • TheRealRockNRolla on February 21, 2012, 4:19 GMT

    @Mohan Kumar ODIs and Tests are different ball game - these ODIs mean nothing when compared to the 3-0 spanking handed to the English by Pakistan - I am sure you are still sour from the fact that india has been shellacked by England and Australia, 4-0 and 4-0.....its gotta be hard to take, I can understand your pain.

  • landl47 on February 21, 2012, 3:59 GMT

    Nice analysis by Pauline Griffiths. The only thing I'd quarrel with is the comment that Swann has had a quiet time. He hasn't taken many wickets, but in this form of the game, where 251-9 is a better score than 250-0 in 50 overs, it's economy rate that counts. Swann has been outstanding- an economy rate of 3.84, second only to Finn. It's the Pakistan batsmen who have had a quiet time against Swann, which is just what England wants!

  • world.cricketer on February 21, 2012, 2:44 GMT

    In recent history of cricket you are witnessing More WHITE WASHES than before both in TESTS and ODI's. No one can which is World No.1 team now AUS, ENG,SA, IND, PAk, SL all are Unpredictable.

  • Snick_To_Backward_Point on February 20, 2012, 23:28 GMT

    johnathonjosephs - dont think there's anything wrong regarding the turnaround. Big difference between playing the spinners with people close in and nicking the spinners for singles as the English bats have been doing in the ODIs - that's the main difference - that & Cook's/Bopara's batting.

  • on February 20, 2012, 22:55 GMT

    It might be a whitw wash game revenge of test series to give it back by one daye series

  • MrBrightside92 on February 20, 2012, 21:34 GMT

    Pauline...the point of replacing Bres for Jimmy is that Bres should play in the 20-20...Eng should look to those games in this game to get the boys practice...who havent played...I would drop Trott and JA..bring in Butler or Bairstow and Bres. We can maintain the top of 20-20 even if the saffers take our test crown....

  • drdani on February 20, 2012, 21:15 GMT

    hey guys chill out..v lost only 3 matches..still 1 odi n 3 T20 left..if we win all these remaining 4 matches it would be a great result for us..i have my fingers crossed...i agree with some ppl here that since its the last odi n we have already lost the series, we should try new blood, but the only thing that bothers me is that pak has gained this superiority/renewal in world cricket because of consistency with the players...m ok with changes in this match but i think we should have the same 11 for the 3 T20s, wether we lose or win !!

  • on February 20, 2012, 20:57 GMT

    drop cheema and gul for junaid and riaz.

    bring azam for asad or azhar

  • on February 20, 2012, 20:55 GMT

    Why is Imran Farhat playing? He needs to be dropped. Waste of space in my opinion.

  • on February 20, 2012, 20:54 GMT

    Why is Imran Farhat playing? He needs to be dropped. Waste of space, in my opinion.

  • Dannymania on February 20, 2012, 20:50 GMT

    @Ahmad yousufzai khan..you mean that junaid khan will take away all pakistan's problems?shame on you man.The batting needs a change,not the bowling!use your brain a little.umar gul needs to be REMOVED from the team.hafeez too,imran farhat should be given another go because he's atleast a regular opener.younis in,misbah in,umar akmal and asad shafiq in,azhar ali in too.hammad azam should play.so the team should be..1: Azhar Ali 2: I.Farhat 3:Younis khan4: U.Akmal5: Misbah 6: Hammad Azam7: S.Afridi 8: A.Akmal 9: S.Ajmal 10: Wahab riaz 11: A.Cheema..this should be the team and i challenge that this team wont lose.this way the team will have a perfect balance of attack with defense.england are a better team than pakistan right now,and they deserve to win.i think we should all just watch matches to enjoy cricket,its ok if we dont win..

  • on February 20, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    give chance to Junaid Khan...

  • psu19976 on February 20, 2012, 20:17 GMT

    DROP GUL FOR REHMAN, AZHAR FOR AZAM

  • on February 20, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    sadly, we appear to bite in ODIs atm.

  • pakfan2010 on February 20, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    please drop farahat, gul.

    hafeez, azhar, younis, shafiq, misbah, umar, afridi, a akmal. azam, ajmal, junaid

    junaid and azam need a chance, if pakistan want another bowler then drop younis for rehman.

  • on February 20, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    Asad Should Play in place of Yunus

  • pkcricfan101 on February 20, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    My Pakistan ODI playing XI: 1) Mohammad Hafeez (C), 2) Ahmed Shehzad or Nasir Jamshed, 3) Younis Khan, 4) Umar Akmal, 5) Asad Shafiq, 6) Hamaad Azam, 7) Kamran Akmal (W), 8) Shahid Afridi, 9) Mohammad Amir, 10) Saed Ajmal, 11) Sadaf Hussein

  • touqeer777 on February 20, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    My team is Hafeez,Asad,Umer,Malik,Misbah,Afridi,Hammad,Adnan,Ajmal,Junaid,Wahab.Since pitch helping the fast bowling so nothing wrong to have three fast bowlers and four spinners.Misbah old tactics r not working in ODI.he should replaced as captain b/c he do not deserve place in ODI and T20 team.Misbah do not want change in the team which is ok in test matches but in ODI and T20 , new blood add more aggression and motivation in the team which is lacking in this pakistan team for long team thats why they r not crossing 300 anymore which is not possible in presence of test style batting by Misbah,Azhar,Younus,Farhat.Please give chance to Jamal Anwar,a very good batsman and keeper from Rawalpindi Rams in ODI and T20.

  • johnathonjosephs on February 20, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    England will win. Pakistan looks NOWHERE close to even batting up to a high total, let alone getting the English batsman out. Its really amazing to see that Pakistan DOMINATED the English in the Test Series and then got DOMINATED back in the ODIs. Something is definitely wrong here.... Last time I checked, the teams were almost identical with only few changes

  • dungerno1 on February 20, 2012, 18:57 GMT

    Here we go again....! After losing the test series, I bet odis whitewash will seem like a late consolation goal for England. A bit like Utd scoring an injury time goal after going 3-0 down to Rovers... (hey, it can happen!). Personally, as a Pakistani supporter, I have to admit England are a far far better side in this format, in every department. Pakistan just don't match; having concentrated so much on forming a reasonable test side over the past 18 months, the PCB have completely ignored this format. Warning signs were there, when they lost to India in World Cup Semis, but no steps were taken to be OUT with the old guard and IN with the new! Players like Younus, Farhat, Malik & Razzaq (already chilling in BPL), should be ousted. Others like Misbah, Afridi and Ajmal wont be there for 2015 World Cup, so drop em...slowly! Keep Misbah perhaps for a while, just to make sure that the team doesnt fall apart! Why not re-introduce Ahmed Shahzad and Nasir Jamshed via odis/T20?

  • on February 20, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    I don't know what's so logical about switching Anderson for Bresnan. The pundits have been arguing for Bresnan's inclusion from before the series started and England have disobliged them. Bresnan's trump card is that he can bat, but the strength of the line up without him has been up to the task.

    Of the bowlers, Finn has been outstanding and Patel very useful, while Swann has had a quiet time - 2 wkts @48. Anderson and Broad have had good spells and poor spells but their overall performance in 3 matches is pretty even. The three seamers have bowled as a unit and I see no reason to leave one of them out. Why Anderson keeps being named as the one to make way defiles logic. He hasn't failed in this series and to keep harking back to the World Cup is tedious. It's all part of a nonsensical media bandwagon that wants to end Anderson's ODI career, ostensibly to prolong his test career but really so that pundits can speculate on bowling for the WC 2015.

  • Sports4Youth on February 20, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    What ever Pakistan may try, it looks probable that tomorrow we will see the white wash being completed. Because no one expects Misbahs style of captaincy to change tomorrow. He will again keep the singles available right from the begining and that allows the batsmen to settle down. Pakistan are terribly down in pace. I think it is the first time since the Imran-Sarfaraz combination of the 80's that Pakistan are experiencing such lows in the pace department. Although it is Misbha himself to blame. When the opportunity was there to try the youngsters against oppositions like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka & AFghanishtan Misbah was happy giving all the opportunities to Gul. Now with Gul failing him, he is running out of ideas. Fielding has always been their problem.

  • Sports4Youth on February 20, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    From the way Andrew has put it, it may appear most probable that Gul may not play the last ODI. Although i would like to see the Cheema - Junaid combination, but if i have understood Misbah he will not drop Gul, even if he does he will play Abdul Rehman in his place. Secondly, Although Andrew has hinted at Hammad being given a chance but has not shown him in the probable. I would like to see Hammad in for Younis Khan. Also after Adnan's performace with the gloves and bat in the 3rd ODI I expect Misbah to dorp him. (though i don't recommend that) . . my possible XI - - 1 Mohammad Hafeez, 2 Azhar Ali, 3 Umar Akmal (wk), 4 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 5 Asad Shafiq, 6 , 7 Hammad Azam, 8 Shahid Afridi, 9 Saeed Ajmal, 10 Junaid Khan, 11 Aizaz Cheema

  • ravi_dip84 on February 20, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    Cricket is becoming more and more unpredictable!!

  • mansoorJ on February 20, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    Seems Pakistan may loose in whitewash mood, Its like nothing to loose anymore then why nt try to all other players who were nt giving chance during the serries. AS i hve written many times Cricket is a sport for the brave ( and intelligent)players. team selctors and Captain must go for the risks and beside this all other players includede in the squad are proffessional players too and itz not a risk rather need to test the abilities of the sitting players in the squad. Pls Misbah and Mohsin go for the risks and try HAMMAD AZAM, junaid khan. my playing team will be ...1.Hafeez, 2.Asad shafique,3 Younis khan, 4Azhar Ali, 5 Misbah,6 Umer akmal, 7 Shahid afridi, 8 Adnan Akmal,9 Hammad azam,10 Saeed Ajmal,11 Junaid Khan,12th Aizaz cheema

  • Stark62 on February 20, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    Kick out old and useless players like: Farhat, Younis, Misbah, Rehman, Adnan, Riaz, Gul, Cheema, Malik

    Move Umar to no. 3 or 4 and bring in SADAF HUSSAIN!

  • khurramsch on February 20, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    i think pak should not think pride. no matter they loose it 4-0 or 3-1. instead they should now play younsgters in this game . even they lose thats fine atleast future players get chance. in last 3 matches playing same old team didnt even help.

  • khurramsch on February 20, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    i dont think 4-0 win in odi is the answer to 3-0 in tests. that was england was no1 & pak was no 5. odi both closely ranked. & also people who say that england performed well in odi because after spending so many days they r now getting use to it , i dont think that is the case. rember last ashes victory , odis were after that but lost 6-1. odi is different game from tests. tests u can come back in next session bowl more from best bowlers less atach by batsman, but odi is different. & england simply won as they played better its nothing with conditions getting use to.

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  • khurramsch on February 20, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    i dont think 4-0 win in odi is the answer to 3-0 in tests. that was england was no1 & pak was no 5. odi both closely ranked. & also people who say that england performed well in odi because after spending so many days they r now getting use to it , i dont think that is the case. rember last ashes victory , odis were after that but lost 6-1. odi is different game from tests. tests u can come back in next session bowl more from best bowlers less atach by batsman, but odi is different. & england simply won as they played better its nothing with conditions getting use to.

  • khurramsch on February 20, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    i think pak should not think pride. no matter they loose it 4-0 or 3-1. instead they should now play younsgters in this game . even they lose thats fine atleast future players get chance. in last 3 matches playing same old team didnt even help.

  • Stark62 on February 20, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    Kick out old and useless players like: Farhat, Younis, Misbah, Rehman, Adnan, Riaz, Gul, Cheema, Malik

    Move Umar to no. 3 or 4 and bring in SADAF HUSSAIN!

  • mansoorJ on February 20, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    Seems Pakistan may loose in whitewash mood, Its like nothing to loose anymore then why nt try to all other players who were nt giving chance during the serries. AS i hve written many times Cricket is a sport for the brave ( and intelligent)players. team selctors and Captain must go for the risks and beside this all other players includede in the squad are proffessional players too and itz not a risk rather need to test the abilities of the sitting players in the squad. Pls Misbah and Mohsin go for the risks and try HAMMAD AZAM, junaid khan. my playing team will be ...1.Hafeez, 2.Asad shafique,3 Younis khan, 4Azhar Ali, 5 Misbah,6 Umer akmal, 7 Shahid afridi, 8 Adnan Akmal,9 Hammad azam,10 Saeed Ajmal,11 Junaid Khan,12th Aizaz cheema

  • ravi_dip84 on February 20, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    Cricket is becoming more and more unpredictable!!

  • Sports4Youth on February 20, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    From the way Andrew has put it, it may appear most probable that Gul may not play the last ODI. Although i would like to see the Cheema - Junaid combination, but if i have understood Misbah he will not drop Gul, even if he does he will play Abdul Rehman in his place. Secondly, Although Andrew has hinted at Hammad being given a chance but has not shown him in the probable. I would like to see Hammad in for Younis Khan. Also after Adnan's performace with the gloves and bat in the 3rd ODI I expect Misbah to dorp him. (though i don't recommend that) . . my possible XI - - 1 Mohammad Hafeez, 2 Azhar Ali, 3 Umar Akmal (wk), 4 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 5 Asad Shafiq, 6 , 7 Hammad Azam, 8 Shahid Afridi, 9 Saeed Ajmal, 10 Junaid Khan, 11 Aizaz Cheema

  • Sports4Youth on February 20, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    What ever Pakistan may try, it looks probable that tomorrow we will see the white wash being completed. Because no one expects Misbahs style of captaincy to change tomorrow. He will again keep the singles available right from the begining and that allows the batsmen to settle down. Pakistan are terribly down in pace. I think it is the first time since the Imran-Sarfaraz combination of the 80's that Pakistan are experiencing such lows in the pace department. Although it is Misbha himself to blame. When the opportunity was there to try the youngsters against oppositions like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka & AFghanishtan Misbah was happy giving all the opportunities to Gul. Now with Gul failing him, he is running out of ideas. Fielding has always been their problem.

  • on February 20, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    I don't know what's so logical about switching Anderson for Bresnan. The pundits have been arguing for Bresnan's inclusion from before the series started and England have disobliged them. Bresnan's trump card is that he can bat, but the strength of the line up without him has been up to the task.

    Of the bowlers, Finn has been outstanding and Patel very useful, while Swann has had a quiet time - 2 wkts @48. Anderson and Broad have had good spells and poor spells but their overall performance in 3 matches is pretty even. The three seamers have bowled as a unit and I see no reason to leave one of them out. Why Anderson keeps being named as the one to make way defiles logic. He hasn't failed in this series and to keep harking back to the World Cup is tedious. It's all part of a nonsensical media bandwagon that wants to end Anderson's ODI career, ostensibly to prolong his test career but really so that pundits can speculate on bowling for the WC 2015.

  • dungerno1 on February 20, 2012, 18:57 GMT

    Here we go again....! After losing the test series, I bet odis whitewash will seem like a late consolation goal for England. A bit like Utd scoring an injury time goal after going 3-0 down to Rovers... (hey, it can happen!). Personally, as a Pakistani supporter, I have to admit England are a far far better side in this format, in every department. Pakistan just don't match; having concentrated so much on forming a reasonable test side over the past 18 months, the PCB have completely ignored this format. Warning signs were there, when they lost to India in World Cup Semis, but no steps were taken to be OUT with the old guard and IN with the new! Players like Younus, Farhat, Malik & Razzaq (already chilling in BPL), should be ousted. Others like Misbah, Afridi and Ajmal wont be there for 2015 World Cup, so drop em...slowly! Keep Misbah perhaps for a while, just to make sure that the team doesnt fall apart! Why not re-introduce Ahmed Shahzad and Nasir Jamshed via odis/T20?

  • johnathonjosephs on February 20, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    England will win. Pakistan looks NOWHERE close to even batting up to a high total, let alone getting the English batsman out. Its really amazing to see that Pakistan DOMINATED the English in the Test Series and then got DOMINATED back in the ODIs. Something is definitely wrong here.... Last time I checked, the teams were almost identical with only few changes