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Stats - Ben Stokes 98, Rest 26; England's least experienced ODI XI since 1985

Statistical insight to England's new ODI XI at Cardiff.

Saqib Mahmood struck with two of his first three balls at Cardiff, England vs Pakistan, Cardiff, 1st ODI, July 8, 2021

Saqib Mahmood led the line for England with four wickets in only his fifth ODI  •  Getty Images

1985 The last instance of England playing an ODI with less experience than their total of 124 ODI caps in the first ODI against Pakistan in Cardiff. England's XI had a combined tally of 70 ODI caps during the consolation final of the Rothmans Cup against Pakistan in 1985.
5 Number of ODI debutants in England's playing XI against Pakistan - Zak Crawley, Brydon Carse, Lewis Gregory, Phil Salt and John Simpson. This only the fifth instance of England handing out debuts to five or more players since their inaugural ODI. The other such instance in the last two decades came against Ireland in 2015 at Dublin.
3241 Total runs in ODI cricket from the England XI, prior to the game against Pakistan, their second-lowest at the start of any given ODI since 1987. The England XI against Ireland in 2015 had made 1846 ODI runs between them. The current England XI began the match with 80 ODI wickets between them. That is their lowest since they fielded a team with a total of 44 wickets against Ireland in 2011.
3.769 Ratio of the ODI experience of skipper Ben Stokes and his team-mates in Cardiff, the highest such ratio for any captain in the format. The previous highest ratio was 3.767 between the experience of MS Dhoni and the rest during the first ODI against Zimbabwe in 2016. The Indian skipper had played 275 ODI games going into the fixture, while the remaining ten Indians had collectively featured in only 73 ODIs.
9 Number of players in the current England ODI XI with fewer than five ODI caps to their names. This is the first instance, among the ten full-member nations, of a team fielding eight or more such players since the 1992 World Cup, when South Africa - newly restored to international cricket, fielded ten players with five ODI caps or fewer against New Zealand, in only their fifth-ever ODI.
1 Number of players before Stokes to make his captaincy debut in an ODI having more matches, runs and wickets in the format than the rest of the team. Kepler Wessels had been in such a situation when he first led South Africa in the 1992 World Cup against Australia, for whom he played 54 ODIs, scoring 1740 runs and taking 18 wickets.
In fact, before Thursday, England had played only one ODI in which their captain had had more ODI experience than the rest of his team-mates; Eoin Morgan vs Australia in 2015.
With inputs from Shiva Jayaraman

Sampath Bandarupalli is a statistician at ESPNcricinfo