After dominating Sri Lanka, defending world champions England are in for a tougher challenge on their shores when they face Pakistan for a three-match ODI series.
The much-anticipated series will carry extra context being part of the two teams’ campaign in the ICC Super League, which determines direct qualification spots for the 2023 World Cup in India.
While England are standing on top of the Super League points table right now with 6 wins and 5 losses, Pakistan are placed third in the standings after winning 4 and losing 2 of their previous matches.
England, however, will start off as favourites after displaying strong performances against the Lankans and going through what are their best years as a white-ball side in the international arena.
Since the disastrous end to their 2015 World Cup campaign, the three lions have won 72 of their 113 ODIs, including 46 victories from 66 one-dayers at home.
In the same period, Pakistan have won 46 and lost 46 of their 96 games and have won just 3 of their last 8 matches versus England in the UK. One of those victories came during the 2019 World Cup, which shall boost their confidence.
ENG vs PAK: England retain same squad; Pakistan recall Haris Sohail, Imad Wasim for ODI series
While England have opted for an unchanged 16-man squad from the series against Sri Lanka for the Pakistan challenge, the visitors had made notable changes when they had announced their squad last month.
The England selectors didn’t rush all-rounder Ben Stokes back into the national fold despite him proving his recovery from a finger injury picked up at the start of the IPL 2021. They also gave wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler more time to recover from the calf injury that ruled him out of the ODIs versus Sri Lanka.
Pakistan, on their part, recalled left-hand batsman Haris Sohail and spin all-rounder Imad Wasim to the ODI team led by all-format skipper Babar Azam. Uncapped Saud Shakeel was able to reclaim his spot after missing Pakistan’s previous ODI series in South Africa. The selectors handed a call up to Salman Ali Agha.
England squad: Eoin Morgan (C), Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Sam Billings, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, David Willey, Tom Curran, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Liam Livingstone, Chris Woakes, Liam Dawson, George Garton, Tom Banton
Pakistan squad: Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan, Abdullah Shafique, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Salman Ali Agha, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Saud Shakeel, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Usman Qadir.
Dates & Venues for ENG vs PAK ODI series
July 8 – 1st ODI, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff IST 5:30 PM
July 10 – 2nd ODI, Lord’s, London IST 3:30 PM
July 13 – 3rd ODI, Edgbaston, Birmingham IST 5:30 PM
ENG vs PAK Live Streaming and Where To Watch on TV
Cricket fans in India will get to see the England-Pakistan ODI series on Sony Sports Network, with the broadcaster’s digital app ‘Sony Liv’ providing the live stream for all three matches.