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Pakistan vs England England vs Pakistan first ODI live score and latest updates

Pakistan vs England England vs Pakistan first ODI live score and latest updates


England hand out five debuts, bowl first as Pakistan include Saud … Thu, 08 Jul 2021 13:00:00 +0100-The short and obvious answer is that 'we don't really know' such is the newer than new nature of this XI.

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England vs Pakistan, first ODI: live score and latest updates

July 08, 2021

2:55PM

Faheem c Simpson b Mahmood 5 He looks very good round the the wicket to the left-handers. This one bounces on Faheem Ashraf and tucks him up outside off-stump. It hits the splice and flies to the keeper's left.  FOW 101/7

2:54PM

Simpson, who has kept well, drops a chance off Parkinson when Shadab goes down to slog sweep and under-edges it. Hard chance, totally unsighted. 

2:52PM

They risk a tight single off Mahmood's first ball when Shadab chops to point. They have to spring and had there been a direct hit it could have left both with eggy countenances. Faheem toes a pull for two, late on the stroke, then plays a better one, pulling to fine leg for a single. Shadab pokes a single to point to end the over.

2:48PM

Parkinson continues to impress Simpson with five dot balls. He's the Scrooge of leg-spinners. Faheem, the left-hander, finally gets away with a crisp cut in front of square for two. 

2:46PM

Stokes takes himself off and brings back his best bowler as he goes in for the kill. Mahmood, starts his sixth over with three for 27 and ends it that way, too, with a maiden but nearly added to the wicket return when Shadab was rushed into a defensive fence and chipped it just outside the bowler's reach. 

2:43PM

Impressive over from Patkinson given his lack of height, flight and dip compared with Rashid. A different type of legspinner but effective nonetheless. Looks 5mph too slow at first glance but results are the only judge and his record is very promising. 

2:40PM

Fakhar c Crawley b Parkinson 47 Oh dear, plinked a square cut to backward point.  FOW 90/6

2:38PM

Stokes begins by over-stepping, giving Pakistan a free hit but they can't cash in because Stokes bowls a slow cuter into the pitch that climbs outside off and Fakhar can't collar it, clumping it into the ground as he waited too long to uppercut. 

Stokes sticks out a stricken hand to stop a certain four with no thought for his recent finger operation. Brave, instinctive but also daft. It hurt but not that finger. 

2:34PM

John Simpson continues the wicketkeeping tradition of chelping before and after every deliver from the spinner. It's a good over as the keeper keeps encouraging 'Parky' and 'Parky Boy', telling him “I like that' … and why not. Only the single off the over, Shadab  driving it past cover.

Ben Stokes will have a bowl.

2:31PM

Fakhar brings up the half-century partnership with a wonderful on drive, clearing his front leg to whip it  with withering power. The opener saws off the last of the remaining specialist batsmen, 'barbecued him' as the pros say, and it's into the all-rounders. Carse doesn't get a chance to bowl at Shadab as Fakhar seems out three dot balls, duck the bouncer that is called wide and thick edges a drive past gully for two. 

2:26PM

Maqsood run out 19   Breakdown in communication. Fakhar drove to mid-on, called Maqsood through and thensent his partner back hen he saw Vince stoop to snatch it and, spotting that the non-striker was stranded, sprinted towards the stumps and under-armed a lob to knock off the bails before he could get home.  FOW 79/5

2:24PM

Good start from Parkinson, significantly less flight than Rashid but tight lines and no room to hit down the line. They take three singles, one with a sweep, one an one drive and a more streaky one when the bowler smartly stops a drive with an athletic dive but parries it to his left. 

2:20PM

Carse bounds in for  a fourth over and Maqsood carves a single down to third man, Fakhar gleans another with a whippy leg glance. Stokes tells Parkinson to get loose. 

2:15PM

Overton has stayed clear of the short ball since being pummelled for two fours in his first over but give sit another airing and it could have bought him a wicket as Fakhar mistimes the pull and cloths it. The ball dies short of Parkinson at midwicket, though. 

On come the drinks. 

2:11PM

Carse looks a very accomplished bowler. Only seen Durham in the flesh once in the past three years and I'm sure he didn't even bowl. He nearly gets Maqsood to chip a catch back at him with surprising bounce but he telescoped out his left arm and just couldn't reach it. 

2:06PM

Fakhar cuffs the first ball of the over through midwicket for a single and Overton keeps Maqsood quiet with five dot balls. 

2:05PM

Carse surprises Maqsood with one that arrows into his nidriff from just back of a length but then the right-hander decides to stay legside and flat bat a wither horizontal bat stroke high over point for six. Amazing stroke. Wrists of tungsten.  

1:58PM

Overton finds his length to the right-handed Maqsood, jagging one away from back of a length and sighing in resigned exasperation when it beats the bat. But eh overpitches the next one and Maqsood thumps it past the bowler on the drive for four. They should have three when Maqsood chips a pick-up shot from outside off over midwicket but Fakhar dawdles and they only make two. Poor dos. 

1:55PM

Brydon Carse is the second change and he looks a strapping lad with good wheels. He starts with a rapid yorker that Maqsood chisels out of the blockhole down to third man for a single. Fakhar, who looks in a different class to his team-mates in his emerald shoes, climbs into a straight drive with the elegance of an aristo pulling on a cashmere sweater, lacing the half-volley for four. 

1:52PM

Craig Overton is the first change and takes a bit of stick, Fakhar gorging on a short ball to swivel and pull it for four and then do the same again for an encore two balls later. Overton, who has upped his pace considerably over the past two years, is back down at 80mph and easy pickings with his half-trackers. 

1:46PM

Mahmood continues round the wicket to Fakhar after Maqsood dabbed him for a single down to third man. When the left-handed opener is fed a half volley and admonishes it through the covers for four, the first cries of 'Zindbad!' ring round Cardiff from a rather forlorn contingent of Pakistan supporters. 

1:43PM

Lovely stroke from Fakhar to drill Gregory for four through cover, using his hands rather than his feet but timing the pants off it. 

1:42PM

Shakeel clips one fine off his pads but Saqib has a different line for Fakhar, angling it across the left-hander and trying to straighten it. And lo! It squares him up and catches the edge but the ball scuttles down to third man for a single.

Mahmood comes round the wicket to Shakeel and bags him after four balls from the new angle. His improvement as a bowler is remarkable. Should be in the queue with Ollie Robinson and Chris Woakes to be the new ball partner of Stuart Broad or Jimmy Anderson, whichever one is selected to play. (Please don't pick both of them any more). 

1:36PM

Shakeel lbw b Mahmood 5 A tightish decision from Alex Wharf, the ball angled in to the left-hander from round the wicket, beat the bat on the inside edge and struck him just on the knee roll. Looked a bit high but it would have kissed the bails so the debutant departs.  FOW 26/4

1:32PM

Gregory ties Fakhar Zaman up for five balls either side of a slashing drive for two down to third man. Some swing for Gregory but mainly it's just tight lines and aggressive intent.

Apologies – should finally have the scoreline updating properly. 

1:28PM

Fakhar takes his bat away too late when he tries to leave one angled across him but gets away with it when it strikes the bottom edge and bounces clear of the stumps.

Shakeel, a compact, elegant left-hander flicks a full length delivery off his pads through square leg – Craig Overton going down in instalments – for four. 

1:25PM

After blogging the two semi-final in the Euros over the previous two nights, extra-time in both, penalties in the first, one would think this correspondent has had enough drama for one week. But no, here we go again. Exemplary bowling from Gregory and Saqib has routed Pakistan's top order. 

Enter the debutant Shakeel. 

1:19PM

Rizwan c Simpson b Gregory 13 A snorter from Gregory, beautiful line down the corridor, perfect length and diddled the right-hander who was trying to defend it to mid-on when it nipped away. FOW 17/3 

1:18PM

Stokes has given Saqib a third slip for Rizwan who defends the first two and then climbs into a cover drive and thrashes it just square of point for four.  Rizwan glides a single down to third man, Fakhar Zaman cuffs one into the legside and Rizwan, who lives by the sword in white-ball cricket, finishes the over with a streaky inside edge for four when trying to play a back-foot defensive to one that nipped back.

Ten off the over but not a bad ball in it. 

1:13PM

Lewis Gregory and not Craig Overton takes the other new ball. He delivers what commentators call 'a heavy ball', generally in the high 70s, low 80s and nibbles it away from just back of a length. He starts with a maiden, ending it with a cry for leg-before but the ball pitched outside leg and was shaping away, too. 

1:10PM

Saqib Mahmood opens the bowling for England to the brilliant left-hander Imam-ul-Haq who averages more than 50. He won't get them today, though, as Saqib pins him first ball. Stokes takes his time over deciding whether to review but takes Simpson's advice and they fire Imam out for a first-baller.  

The captain lasts only one ball more and Rizwan has to scramble to the crease in a tangle of pad straps and gloves. 

Excellent catch from Crawley diving forward. 

Mahmood is quick, 88mph but after three dots and two big Ws he is cut for four, more of a flash that flies down to third man. 

1:05PM

Babar c Crawley b Mahmood 0 Punctuality pays on getting into the ground when England are bowling first. Mahmood squares the Pakistan captain up when he straightens the ball on him from outside off and he nicks off low to second slip as his hands can't withdraw the bat in time.  FOW 0/2

1:03PM

Imam lbw b Saqib 0  Gone for a diamond duck after England successfully appeal the not out decision.  FOW 0/0

12:59PM

To line up for 'the moment of unity'. England are wearing their T-shirts, protesting against various injustices. 

12:44PM

England  Phil Salt,  Dawid Malan,  Zak Crawley, James Vince,  Ben Stokes (capt), John Simpson (wk) Lewis Gregory, Craig Overton, Brydon Carse, Saqib Mahmood, Matt Parkinson

Pakistan Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq,  Babar Azam (capt), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Saud Shakeel, Sohaib Maqsood, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf

12:35PM

And Brydon Carse, Zak Crawley. Lewis Gregory, Phil Salt and John Simpson do make their debuts. 

12:33PM

And put Pakistan in to bat. 

12:29PM

In the three-match ODI series that starts with a day/nighter in Cardiff, Pakistan will be widely expected to brush aside the replacement squad assembled by England at 48 hours notice, and captained by Ben Stokes even though he is not fully match-fit after an operation on his left hand.

But England’s new ODI squad have three advantages which should ensure that the broadcasters – the paymasters – are given a good game, if not full value for their money. And it would be no surprise if England win at least one of the three matches in the coming week, as well as having one bad game..

One home advantage is that all 18 replacements, except perhaps the Sussex opener Phil Salt who has been recovering from a broken finger, are in mid-season form, and include some excellent cricketers in the 50-over format. Pakistan players meanwhile have been confined to practising among themselves in Derby.

England's second advantage is their local knowledge of Sophia Gardens – knowledge which Stokes as captain and Chris Silverwood, the head coach who has had to suspend his family holiday in this emergency, will enthusiastically impart as pace bowlers themselves. And the third is that it will be a new pitch, made for England's seamers to whack it in back-of-a-length, not a used pitch as in the Champions Trophy semi-final of 2017 at Cardiff which suited Pakistan's reverse-swingers.

In their two T20 internationals in Cardiff against Sri Lanka a fortnight ago England published their white-ball strategy for this ground, with its very short straight boundaries and very long ones to either side, especially on the city side where it extends about 90 yards. The straight boundaries have to be short because the River Taff cannot be diverted nowadays, as Brunel did when building Cardiff railway station.

Led by Stokes himself, England can be expected to bang the ball in short and invite Pakistajn's batsmen to hook and pull aerially. Not so much Lewis Gregory or David Payne, who are more swing bowlers, of whom only one is likely to play, but three out of Craig Overton, Jake Ball, Brydon Carse and Saqib Mahmood, who can all bang it in.

While Carse is the least experienced, Stokes spoke very favourably on the eve of this game about his Durham teammate. Stokes saw Carse as the successor to Liam Plunkett, being able to get the ball in under the batsman’s ribs, and also bat himself.

England have long since confined themselves to one spinner at Cardiff, so either Matt Parkinson or Danny Briggs will sit on the bench, more probably Parkinson, as he tosses the ball up whereas Briggs fires it in.

A makeshift side needs the best available wicketkeeper to prevent untidiness creeping in, so although England will be tempted to let Ben Duckett keep, as he has been filling in for Tom Moores at Trent Bridge, John Simpson should be first choice,  both at Cardiff and for the second game at Lord's where the new ball, even when white, can challenge the best keepers.

As with all newly assembled sides, setting a field takes longer than usual, and England will have to watch their over-rate. The last thing they need is for Stokes to be suspended for the Test series against India.

England's batting is still pretty strong in the absence of Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root and Eoin Morgan, who are all isolating, and Jos Buttler, still nursing a calf strain. In the current circumstances the top order cannot launch the innings quite so forthrightly as Roy and Bairstow against Sri Lanka, but they have the two Somerset allrounders Gregory and Overton down the order as some insurance.

Zak Crawley and Ben Duckett might look an incongruous opening pair, but they have all the shots between them, and the very contrast between a stocky lefthander and very tall righthander would disrupt the length and line of Pakistan's bowlers. Dawid Malan has longed for an opportunity in his favourite format of 50 overs and will need no second invitation to bat through the innings at number three.

Stokes and Silverwood might consider they have enough inexperience to contend with as it is, without going for more youth, like Salt or Will Jacks or Dan Lawrence. So James Vince might be given one last chance to translate his stroke-making into substantial scores.

Possible England team Z Crawley, B Duckett, D Malan, J Vince, B Stokes (capt), L Gregory, J Simpson (wkt), C Overton, D Briggs, B. Carse and S Mahmood.

12:23PM

Ben Stokes will tell his players to seize the moment and make the most of an unexpected chance to play for the world champions when he rides to England’s rescue today in Cardiff.

Stokes leads with deeds rather than words and England are fortunate that they can break the emergency glass and call on the finest all-rounder of his generation to replace the World Cup winning captain, Eoin Morgan. Stokes will command instant respect from the squad and is a good communicator who can lighten the mood, helping those feeling nervous before today’s day-nighter against Pakistan. As he revealed yesterday, his team-talk will be pretty simple.

“It does not matter what names are on the back of an England shirt, we are walking out there as the world’s No 1 team,” he said. “That is an exciting thing to say you are a part of, whether you are an experienced player, young player or someone coming into the group for the first time.

“Situations like these are so rare. You have a chance to represent your country, so do it with a smile on your face and enjoy it as much as we can as a group. I’m looking forward to leading out the next exciting cricketers coming through in England, who will no doubt be in an England shirt in the future, it just came quicker than we expected.”

Morgan’s success has been to change England’s approach to white-ball cricket, and that has permeated through the counties, so everyone will know what is expected from them. Whether they are good enough to take on a savvy Pakistan team who beat England at the last World Cup will become clear over the next three matches.

Stokes is in charge of a squad he has barely met, some of whom he has only played against in county cricket and others he played alongside in age-group cricket. They were confined to meeting on Zoom yesterday until all had returned negative Covid tests shortly before practice late in the afternoon, giving them just a few hours to prepare for the match. Selection will be made in the morning.

The squad of 18 includes nine uncapped players, some of whom must have bruises on their arms from pinching themselves over the past 24 hours. Jake Ball, who won the last of his 18 ODI caps three years ago, is the most experienced player apart from Stokes, while John Simpson, the 32-year-old Middlesex wicketkeeper and Gloucestershire’s 30-year-old left arm seamer David Payne will surely do a double take when they see England shirts with their names on the back.

For others this is a chance to resume international careers and stake claims for more opportunities. Ben Duckett has not justified his talent in international cricket but should open with Zak Crawley, who now has an opportunity to find some form and confidence for the Test series with India.

Dawid Malan has the chance he has craved of a run of matches in the ODI side at three, playing the Joe Root role. James Vince and Stokes at four and five at least give England a core containing two players who were part of the World Cup win.

The choice between Duckett and Simpson to keep wicket will be close, but with the second match at Lord’s on Saturday it seems sensible to pick the Middlesex man, especially as England cannot afford a scrappy performance behind the stumps with such an inexperienced team who may find it hard to create wicket-taking chances.

The short straight boundary in Cardiff requires bowlers to force batsmen to play square and Stokes backed his Durham team-mate, Brydon Carse, to be a Liam Plunkett-style enforcer, banging it in and aiming for the rib cage.

Craig Overton can do likewise, while Saqib Mahmood, skiddier and quicker, is a potential new-ball and death-bowling option. One spinner is enough in Cardiff, putting Danny Briggs in line for his first England appearance for seven years.

Stokes is still recovering from finger surgery after a nasty break cut short his Indian Premier League stint, but had no qualms when Chris Silverwood, who had to cancel a family holiday to return as coach, called him on Monday.

“Spoons [Silverwood] straight up asked me the question: ‘Can you come and do it?’ I was like, ‘Yeah’. This is earlier than planned from a medical and fitness point of view but when a job comes and calls you, you need to stand up and make yourself available,” he said.

Stokes captained England last year in a Test against West Indies when Root was on paternity leave and dropped Stuart Broad, breaking the news to him personally. This will require different skills, more about making it feel as normal as possible in crazy times.

“It is huge boots to fill with how well Eoin has led the team over the last few years, but I’m not going to put too much pressure on myself or the guys because it is exceptional circumstances, so we will just get through it. I just want to make sure everyone has a good time.”

2:55PM

Faheem c Simpson b Mahmood 5 He looks very good round the the wicket to the left-handers. This one bounces on Faheem Ashraf and tucks him up outside off-stump. It hits the splice and flies to the keeper's left.  FOW 101/7

2:54PM

Simpson, who has kept well, drops a chance off Parkinson when Shadab goes down to slog sweep and under-edges it. Hard chance, totally unsighted. 

2:52PM

They risk a tight single off Mahmood's first ball when Shadab chops to point. They have to spring and had there been a direct hit it could have left both with eggy countenances. Faheem toes a pull for two, late on the stroke, then plays a better one, pulling to fine leg for a single. Shadab pokes a single to point to end the over.

2:48PM

Parkinson continues to impress Simpson with five dot balls. He's the Scrooge of leg-spinners. Faheem, the left-hander, finally gets away with a crisp cut in front of square for two. 

2:46PM

Stokes takes himself off and brings back his best bowler as he goes in for the kill. Mahmood, starts his sixth over with three for 27 and ends it that way, too, with a maiden but nearly added to the wicket return when Shadab was rushed into a defensive fence and chipped it just outside the bowler's reach. 

2:43PM

Impressive over from Patkinson given his lack of height, flight and dip compared with Rashid. A different type of legspinner but effective nonetheless. Looks 5mph too slow at first glance but results are the only judge and his record is very promising. 

2:40PM

Fakhar c Crawley b Parkinson 47 Oh dear, plinked a square cut to backward point.  FOW 90/6

2:38PM

Stokes begins by over-stepping, giving Pakistan a free hit but they can't cash in because Stokes bowls a slow cuter into the pitch that climbs outside off and Fakhar can't collar it, clumping it into the ground as he waited too long to uppercut. 

Stokes sticks out a stricken hand to stop a certain four with no thought for his recent finger operation. Brave, instinctive but also daft. It hurt but not that finger. 

2:34PM

John Simpson continues the wicketkeeping tradition of chelping before and after every deliver from the spinner. It's a good over as the keeper keeps encouraging 'Parky' and 'Parky Boy', telling him “I like that' … and why not. Only the single off the over, Shadab  driving it past cover.

Ben Stokes will have a bowl.

2:31PM

Fakhar brings up the half-century partnership with a wonderful on drive, clearing his front leg to whip it  with withering power. The opener saws off the last of the remaining specialist batsmen, 'barbecued him' as the pros say, and it's into the all-rounders. Carse doesn't get a chance to bowl at Shadab as Fakhar seems out three dot balls, duck the bouncer that is called wide and thick edges a drive past gully for two. 

2:26PM

Maqsood run out 19   Breakdown in communication. Fakhar drove to mid-on, called Maqsood through and thensent his partner back hen he saw Vince stoop to snatch it and, spotting that the non-striker was stranded, sprinted towards the stumps and under-armed a lob to knock off the bails before he could get home.  FOW 79/5

2:24PM

Good start from Parkinson, significantly less flight than Rashid but tight lines and no room to hit down the line. They take three singles, one with a sweep, one an one drive and a more streaky one when the bowler smartly stops a drive with an athletic dive but parries it to his left. 

2:20PM

Carse bounds in for  a fourth over and Maqsood carves a single down to third man, Fakhar gleans another with a whippy leg glance. Stokes tells Parkinson to get loose. 

2:15PM

Overton has stayed clear of the short ball since being pummelled for two fours in his first over but give sit another airing and it could have bought him a wicket as Fakhar mistimes the pull and cloths it. The ball dies short of Parkinson at midwicket, though. 

On come the drinks. 

2:11PM

Carse looks a very accomplished bowler. Only seen Durham in the flesh once in the past three years and I'm sure he didn't even bowl. He nearly gets Maqsood to chip a catch back at him with surprising bounce but he telescoped out his left arm and just couldn't reach it. 

2:06PM

Fakhar cuffs the first ball of the over through midwicket for a single and Overton keeps Maqsood quiet with five dot balls. 

2:05PM

Carse surprises Maqsood with one that arrows into his nidriff from just back of a length but then the right-hander decides to stay legside and flat bat a wither horizontal bat stroke high over point for six. Amazing stroke. Wrists of tungsten.  

1:58PM

Overton finds his length to the right-handed Maqsood, jagging one away from back of a length and sighing in resigned exasperation when it beats the bat. But eh overpitches the next one and Maqsood thumps it past the bowler on the drive for four. They should have three when Maqsood chips a pick-up shot from outside off over midwicket but Fakhar dawdles and they only make two. Poor dos. 

1:55PM

Brydon Carse is the second change and he looks a strapping lad with good wheels. He starts with a rapid yorker that Maqsood chisels out of the blockhole down to third man for a single. Fakhar, who looks in a different class to his team-mates in his emerald shoes, climbs into a straight drive with the elegance of an aristo pulling on a cashmere sweater, lacing the half-volley for four. 

1:52PM

Craig Overton is the first change and takes a bit of stick, Fakhar gorging on a short ball to swivel and pull it for four and then do the same again for an encore two balls later. Overton, who has upped his pace considerably over the past two years, is back down at 80mph and easy pickings with his half-trackers. 

1:46PM

Mahmood continues round the wicket to Fakhar after Maqsood dabbed him for a single down to third man. When the left-handed opener is fed a half volley and admonishes it through the covers for four, the first cries of 'Zindbad!' ring round Cardiff from a rather forlorn contingent of Pakistan supporters. 

1:43PM

Lovely stroke from Fakhar to drill Gregory for four through cover, using his hands rather than his feet but timing the pants off it. 

1:42PM

Shakeel clips one fine off his pads but Saqib has a different line for Fakhar, angling it across the left-hander and trying to straighten it. And lo! It squares him up and catches the edge but the ball scuttles down to third man for a single.

Mahmood comes round the wicket to Shakeel and bags him after four balls from the new angle. His improvement as a bowler is remarkable. Should be in the queue with Ollie Robinson and Chris Woakes to be the new ball partner of Stuart Broad or Jimmy Anderson, whichever one is selected to play. (Please don't pick both of them any more). 

1:36PM

Shakeel lbw b Mahmood 5 A tightish decision from Alex Wharf, the ball angled in to the left-hander from round the wicket, beat the bat on the inside edge and struck him just on the knee roll. Looked a bit high but it would have kissed the bails so the debutant departs.  FOW 26/4

1:32PM

Gregory ties Fakhar Zaman up for five balls either side of a slashing drive for two down to third man. Some swing for Gregory but mainly it's just tight lines and aggressive intent.

Apologies – should finally have the scoreline updating properly. 

1:28PM

Fakhar takes his bat away too late when he tries to leave one angled across him but gets away with it when it strikes the bottom edge and bounces clear of the stumps.

Shakeel, a compact, elegant left-hander flicks a full length delivery off his pads through square leg – Craig Overton going down in instalments – for four. 

1:25PM

After blogging the two semi-final in the Euros over the previous two nights, extra-time in both, penalties in the first, one would think this correspondent has had enough drama for one week. But no, here we go again. Exemplary bowling from Gregory and Saqib has routed Pakistan's top order. 

Enter the debutant Shakeel. 

1:19PM

Rizwan c Simpson b Gregory 13 A snorter from Gregory, beautiful line down the corridor, perfect length and diddled the right-hander who was trying to defend it to mid-on when it nipped away. FOW 17/3 

1:18PM

Stokes has given Saqib a third slip for Rizwan who defends the first two and then climbs into a cover drive and thrashes it just square of point for four.  Rizwan glides a single down to third man, Fakhar Zaman cuffs one into the legside and Rizwan, who lives by the sword in white-ball cricket, finishes the over with a streaky inside edge for four when trying to play a back-foot defensive to one that nipped back.

Ten off the over but not a bad ball in it. 

1:13PM

Lewis Gregory and not Craig Overton takes the other new ball. He delivers what commentators call 'a heavy ball', generally in the high 70s, low 80s and nibbles it away from just back of a length. He starts with a maiden, ending it with a cry for leg-before but the ball pitched outside leg and was shaping away, too. 

1:10PM

Saqib Mahmood opens the bowling for England to the brilliant left-hander Imam-ul-Haq who averages more than 50. He won't get them today, though, as Saqib pins him first ball. Stokes takes his time over deciding whether to review but takes Simpson's advice and they fire Imam out for a first-baller.  

The captain lasts only one ball more and Rizwan has to scramble to the crease in a tangle of pad straps and gloves. 

Excellent catch from Crawley diving forward. 

Mahmood is quick, 88mph but after three dots and two big Ws he is cut for four, more of a flash that flies down to third man. 

1:05PM

Babar c Crawley b Mahmood 0 Punctuality pays on getting into the ground when England are bowling first. Mahmood squares the Pakistan captain up when he straightens the ball on him from outside off and he nicks off low to second slip as his hands can't withdraw the bat in time.  FOW 0/2

1:03PM

Imam lbw b Saqib 0  Gone for a diamond duck after England successfully appeal the not out decision.  FOW 0/0

12:59PM

To line up for 'the moment of unity'. England are wearing their T-shirts, protesting against various injustices. 

12:44PM

England  Phil Salt,  Dawid Malan,  Zak Crawley, James Vince,  Ben Stokes (capt), John Simpson (wk) Lewis Gregory, Craig Overton, Brydon Carse, Saqib Mahmood, Matt Parkinson

Pakistan Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq,  Babar Azam (capt), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Saud Shakeel, Sohaib Maqsood, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf

12:35PM

And Brydon Carse, Zak Crawley. Lewis Gregory, Phil Salt and John Simpson do make their debuts. 

12:33PM

And put Pakistan in to bat. 

12:29PM

In the three-match ODI series that starts with a day/nighter in Cardiff, Pakistan will be widely expected to brush aside the replacement squad assembled by England at 48 hours notice, and captained by Ben Stokes even though he is not fully match-fit after an operation on his left hand.

But England’s new ODI squad have three advantages which should ensure that the broadcasters – the paymasters – are given a good game, if not full value for their money. And it would be no surprise if England win at least one of the three matches in the coming week, as well as having one bad game..

One home advantage is that all 18 replacements, except perhaps the Sussex opener Phil Salt who has been recovering from a broken finger, are in mid-season form, and include some excellent cricketers in the 50-over format. Pakistan players meanwhile have been confined to practising among themselves in Derby.

England's second advantage is their local knowledge of Sophia Gardens – knowledge which Stokes as captain and Chris Silverwood, the head coach who has had to suspend his family holiday in this emergency, will enthusiastically impart as pace bowlers themselves. And the third is that it will be a new pitch, made for England's seamers to whack it in back-of-a-length, not a used pitch as in the Champions Trophy semi-final of 2017 at Cardiff which suited Pakistan's reverse-swingers.

In their two T20 internationals in Cardiff against Sri Lanka a fortnight ago England published their white-ball strategy for this ground, with its very short straight boundaries and very long ones to either side, especially on the city side where it extends about 90 yards. The straight boundaries have to be short because the River Taff cannot be diverted nowadays, as Brunel did when building Cardiff railway station.

Led by Stokes himself, England can be expected to bang the ball in short and invite Pakistajn's batsmen to hook and pull aerially. Not so much Lewis Gregory or David Payne, who are more swing bowlers, of whom only one is likely to play, but three out of Craig Overton, Jake Ball, Brydon Carse and Saqib Mahmood, who can all bang it in.

While Carse is the least experienced, Stokes spoke very favourably on the eve of this game about his Durham teammate. Stokes saw Carse as the successor to Liam Plunkett, being able to get the ball in under the batsman’s ribs, and also bat himself.

England have long since confined themselves to one spinner at Cardiff, so either Matt Parkinson or Danny Briggs will sit on the bench, more probably Parkinson, as he tosses the ball up whereas Briggs fires it in.

A makeshift side needs the best available wicketkeeper to prevent untidiness creeping in, so although England will be tempted to let Ben Duckett keep, as he has been filling in for Tom Moores at Trent Bridge, John Simpson should be first choice,  both at Cardiff and for the second game at Lord's where the new ball, even when white, can challenge the best keepers.

As with all newly assembled sides, setting a field takes longer than usual, and England will have to watch their over-rate. The last thing they need is for Stokes to be suspended for the Test series against India.

England's batting is still pretty strong in the absence of Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root and Eoin Morgan, who are all isolating, and Jos Buttler, still nursing a calf strain. In the current circumstances the top order cannot launch the innings quite so forthrightly as Roy and Bairstow against Sri Lanka, but they have the two Somerset allrounders Gregory and Overton down the order as some insurance.

Zak Crawley and Ben Duckett might look an incongruous opening pair, but they have all the shots between them, and the very contrast between a stocky lefthander and very tall righthander would disrupt the length and line of Pakistan's bowlers. Dawid Malan has longed for an opportunity in his favourite format of 50 overs and will need no second invitation to bat through the innings at number three.

Stokes and Silverwood might consider they have enough inexperience to contend with as it is, without going for more youth, like Salt or Will Jacks or Dan Lawrence. So James Vince might be given one last chance to translate his stroke-making into substantial scores.

Possible England team Z Crawley, B Duckett, D Malan, J Vince, B Stokes (capt), L Gregory, J Simpson (wkt), C Overton, D Briggs, B. Carse and S Mahmood.

12:23PM

Ben Stokes will tell his players to seize the moment and make the most of an unexpected chance to play for the world champions when he rides to England’s rescue today in Cardiff.

Stokes leads with deeds rather than words and England are fortunate that they can break the emergency glass and call on the finest all-rounder of his generation to replace the World Cup winning captain, Eoin Morgan. Stokes will command instant respect from the squad and is a good communicator who can lighten the mood, helping those feeling nervous before today’s day-nighter against Pakistan. As he revealed yesterday, his team-talk will be pretty simple.

“It does not matter what names are on the back of an England shirt, we are walking out there as the world’s No 1 team,” he said. “That is an exciting thing to say you are a part of, whether you are an experienced player, young player or someone coming into the group for the first time.

“Situations like these are so rare. You have a chance to represent your country, so do it with a smile on your face and enjoy it as much as we can as a group. I’m looking forward to leading out the next exciting cricketers coming through in England, who will no doubt be in an England shirt in the future, it just came quicker than we expected.”

Morgan’s success has been to change England’s approach to white-ball cricket, and that has permeated through the counties, so everyone will know what is expected from them. Whether they are good enough to take on a savvy Pakistan team who beat England at the last World Cup will become clear over the next three matches.

Stokes is in charge of a squad he has barely met, some of whom he has only played against in county cricket and others he played alongside in age-group cricket. They were confined to meeting on Zoom yesterday until all had returned negative Covid tests shortly before practice late in the afternoon, giving them just a few hours to prepare for the match. Selection will be made in the morning.

The squad of 18 includes nine uncapped players, some of whom must have bruises on their arms from pinching themselves over the past 24 hours. Jake Ball, who won the last of his 18 ODI caps three years ago, is the most experienced player apart from Stokes, while John Simpson, the 32-year-old Middlesex wicketkeeper and Gloucestershire’s 30-year-old left arm seamer David Payne will surely do a double take when they see England shirts with their names on the back.

For others this is a chance to resume international careers and stake claims for more opportunities. Ben Duckett has not justified his talent in international cricket but should open with Zak Crawley, who now has an opportunity to find some form and confidence for the Test series with India.

Dawid Malan has the chance he has craved of a run of matches in the ODI side at three, playing the Joe Root role. James Vince and Stokes at four and five at least give England a core containing two players who were part of the World Cup win.

The choice between Duckett and Simpson to keep wicket will be close, but with the second match at Lord’s on Saturday it seems sensible to pick the Middlesex man, especially as England cannot afford a scrappy performance behind the stumps with such an inexperienced team who may find it hard to create wicket-taking chances.

The short straight boundary in Cardiff requires bowlers to force batsmen to play square and Stokes backed his Durham team-mate, Brydon Carse, to be a Liam Plunkett-style enforcer, banging it in and aiming for the rib cage.

Craig Overton can do likewise, while Saqib Mahmood, skiddier and quicker, is a potential new-ball and death-bowling option. One spinner is enough in Cardiff, putting Danny Briggs in line for his first England appearance for seven years.

Stokes is still recovering from finger surgery after a nasty break cut short his Indian Premier League stint, but had no qualms when Chris Silverwood, who had to cancel a family holiday to return as coach, called him on Monday.

“Spoons [Silverwood] straight up asked me the question: ‘Can you come and do it?’ I was like, ‘Yeah’. This is earlier than planned from a medical and fitness point of view but when a job comes and calls you, you need to stand up and make yourself available,” he said.

Stokes captained England last year in a Test against West Indies when Root was on paternity leave and dropped Stuart Broad, breaking the news to him personally. This will require different skills, more about making it feel as normal as possible in crazy times.

“It is huge boots to fill with how well Eoin has led the team over the last few years, but I’m not going to put too much pressure on myself or the guys because it is exceptional circumstances, so we will just get through it. I just want to make sure everyone has a good time.”


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Crawley, Salt, Carse, Gregory and Simpson win caps as Stokes captains for first time

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Ben Stokes captained England in an ODI for the first time  Getty Images
England won the toss and chose to bowl first against Pakistan
England have named five new caps in their side for the first ODI of the series against Pakistan in Cardiff.
Brydon Carse (Durham's fast bowler), Zak Crawley (Kent's top-order batter), Lewis Gregory (Somerset's seam-bowling allrounder), Phil Salt (Sussex's top-order batter) and John Simpson (Middlesex's keeper) are all making their ODI debuts. While Crawley and Gregory have played Test cricket and T20Is respectively, the other three have no experience of international cricket.
England were obliged to announce an entirely new squad of players and support staff on Tuesday morning after an outbreak of Covid amid the original selections. That has resulted in 11 changes from their previous ODI.
Ben Stokes, playing his 99th match, will captain in ODI cricket for the first time. The rest of the squad have just 36 caps between them. No England squad has had fewer since March 1985 when Pakistan were again the opposition in Sharjah. The last time they handed out five new caps in ODI cricket was when they played Ireland in May 2015. Mark Wood and Jason Roy were among the new faces on that occasion.
There is a new face in the Pakistan side, too, with Saud Shakeel, a middle-order batter, making his debut. Their preparation has not been ideal, either, with warm-up matches limited to inter-squad affairs.
Stokes won the toss and chose to bowl first. Both sides, no doubt mindful of the short, straight boundaries, included only one specialist spinner, though Shakeel is also a part-time spinner.
England: 1 Phil Salt, 2 Dawid Malan, 3 Zak Crawley, 4 James Vince, 5 Ben Stokes (capt), 6 John Simpson (wk), 7 Lewis Gregory, 8 Craig Overton, 9 Brydon Carse, 10 Saqib Mahmood, 11 Matt Parkinson.
Pakistan: 1 Fakhar Zaman, 2 Imam-ul-Haq, 3 Babar Azam (capt), 4 Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 5 Saud Shakeel, 6 Shoaib Maqsood, 7 Shadab Khan, 8 Faheem Ashraf, 9 Hasan Ali, 10 Shaheen Shah Afridi, 11 Haris Rauf.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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Crawley, Salt, Carse, Gregory and Simpson win caps as Stokes captains for first time

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Ben Stokes captained England in an ODI for the first time  Getty Images
England won the toss and chose to bowl first against Pakistan
England have named five new caps in their side for the first ODI of the series against Pakistan in Cardiff.
Brydon Carse (Durham's fast bowler), Zak Crawley (Kent's top-order batter), Lewis Gregory (Somerset's seam-bowling allrounder), Phil Salt (Sussex's top-order batter) and John Simpson (Middlesex's keeper) are all making their ODI debuts. While Crawley and Gregory have played Test cricket and T20Is respectively, the other three have no experience of international cricket.
England were obliged to announce an entirely new squad of players and support staff on Tuesday morning after an outbreak of Covid amid the original selections. That has resulted in 11 changes from their previous ODI.
Ben Stokes, playing his 99th match, will captain in ODI cricket for the first time. The rest of the squad have just 36 caps between them. No England squad has had fewer since March 1985 when Pakistan were again the opposition in Sharjah. The last time they handed out five new caps in ODI cricket was when they played Ireland in May 2015. Mark Wood and Jason Roy were among the new faces on that occasion.
There is a new face in the Pakistan side, too, with Saud Shakeel, a middle-order batter, making his debut. Their preparation has not been ideal, either, with warm-up matches limited to inter-squad affairs.
Stokes won the toss and chose to bowl first. Both sides, no doubt mindful of the short, straight boundaries, included only one specialist spinner, though Shakeel is also a part-time spinner.
England: 1 Phil Salt, 2 Dawid Malan, 3 Zak Crawley, 4 James Vince, 5 Ben Stokes (capt), 6 John Simpson (wk), 7 Lewis Gregory, 8 Craig Overton, 9 Brydon Carse, 10 Saqib Mahmood, 11 Matt Parkinson.
Pakistan: 1 Fakhar Zaman, 2 Imam-ul-Haq, 3 Babar Azam (capt), 4 Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 5 Saud Shakeel, 6 Shoaib Maqsood, 7 Shadab Khan, 8 Faheem Ashraf, 9 Hasan Ali, 10 Shaheen Shah Afridi, 11 Haris Rauf.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo


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