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England stick with winning formula for Pakistan Twenty20

England stick with winning formula for Pakistan Twenty20 England stick with winning formula for Pakistan Twenty20
Kristopher Love | 01 September, 2016, 14:32

However, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said last week that the tour, which includes three one-day global and two Test match fixtures in October and November, would go ahead as planned.

Pakistan never looked convincing in record chase and were skittled out for 275 in 43rd over.

Alex Hales hoped that England selectors will back him for a Test spot after plundering 171 in a mammoth victory against Pakistan here at Trent Bridge on Tuesday night. "We've seen 400 reached a lot more often but whether 500 can happen, I'm not sure it can to be honest".

England have also announced that national team coaches Paul Farbrace and Ottis Gibson will take charge of the opposing teams in next spring's inaugural North v South matches in the United Arab Emirates. "But they have to back that up by winning tournaments and key moments in big games".

"Who knows the limits of what we can achieve as a team?"

Mark Wood has made a successful return after missing nearly a year with his left ankle injury, while Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett and Adil Rashid have also done their bit. Their batsmen have put up competitive totals and scored more than 250 in all three games, with nearly all of them among the runs.

England stick with winning formula for Pakistan Twenty20

The record total was just one of many records that tumbled in an extraordinary match featuring ideal batting conditions and some wayward bowling and fielding as Pakistan wilted under England's onslaught.

Their much vaulted bowling attack too has been taken to the cleaners by English batsmen, with Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir struggling to contain and take wickets, while Yasir Shah does not look effective in the limited overs format as compared to Test cricket where he is a risky bowler. What they can learn from their hosts, though, is how to bat without fear: With little to lose after conceding 444, Sharjeel Khan showed signs of fearless cricket with an entertaining 30-ball 58 - something Pakistan would want to take forward in the remaining games.

Among the bowlers, Wahab Riaz was the main victim bleeding 110 runs in his 10-over spell.

Twitter users criticized the team, management and captain Azhar Ali for the team's performance in the crucial game. "Those fielding lapses didn't send a good message".

James Vince and Liam Dawson have been left out of England's squad for next week's one-off NatWest Twenty20 at Old Trafford.

Only a fighting rearguard from bowlers Mohammad Amir and Yasir Shah prevented an embarrassing scoreline for Pakistan.