England host Pakistan in the fourth game of the five-match One Day International (ODI) series at Headingley in Leeds on 1 September (Thursday).
Where to watch live
Match starts at 2pm BST. Live TV coverage is available on Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports 2 HD. Click here for the live streaming link.
England have seen their fortunes in One Day Internationals (ODIs) turn around since their abject display in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, thanks to a new approach based on playing attacking cricket.
This aggressive brand of cricket is paying dividends as the Three Lions posted a world record score against Pakistan in the third ODI on 30 September. Batting first, England scored 444 for three wickets in their 50 overs, beating a 10-year old record set by Sri Lanka who scored 443 against Natherlands in 2006.
That was not the only record broken on the day though, opener Alex Hales scored 171 runs, going past Robin Smith's 167 as the highest score in ODI cricket for England. Joe Root, Jos Buttler and skipper Eoin Morgan too had a good day on the pitch, putting up some valuable contributions.
On the bowling front too, the hosts have been aggressive and tidy, with all of their bowlers from Mark Wood to Adil Rashid taking wickets at regular intervals. With England leading the series 3-0, they might want to rest a few players and give a chance to batsman Johnny Bairstow and seamer David Willey – who has recovered from injury.
Their opponents Pakistan, have struggled so far in the series, showing just why they are currently placed ninth in the ICC ODI rankings. Barring 'keeper Sarfraz Ahmed and to an extent Imad Wasim and Sharjeel Khan, the rest of the players have seem out of form.
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 dangerous bowler.
Skipper Azhar Ali and coach Mickey Arthur have very little time to take Pakistan up the rankings considering the qualifiers for the 2019 World Cup commence next year. Seamer Mohammad Irfan might be called in place of Wahab Riaz while Shoaib Malik might give way for Imad Wasim, who missed the last game due to injury.
England to win
Betting odds (betfair)
- England to win: 1/4
- Pakistan to win: 11/4
Possible XI: Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (C), Jos Buttler (WK), Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Mark Wood.
Possible XI: Sami Islam, Sharjeel Khan, Azhar Ali (C),Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed (WK), Imad Wasim, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Irfan.