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ICC WORLD CUP 2019: England vs Pakistan – Pitch Report & Playing XI

ICC WORLD CUP 2019: England vs Pakistan – Pitch Report & Playing XI

Date & Time: Monday, 3rd June, 3:00 PM IST

Venue: Trent Bridge, Nottingham

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Pakistan and England recently completed their bilateral series and will be locking horns once again at Trent Bridge, Nottingham to play the 6th match of the ICC World Cup on 3rd June, Monday, at 3:00 PM IST. After the past few captivating matches, fans are expecting to see a high-scoring game from England as they already got off the mark with their first win against South Africa. Pakistan did take a beating and are under pressure for some points.

England

Jofra Archer and Mark Wood will be reuniting at the Trent Bridge pitch to play against Pakistan again. They were last seen together in a memorable partnership on May 17. Liam Plunkett is probably sitting out, but the rest of the team members seem to stay where they are.

Probable Playing XI:

Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid

Pakistan

The bowlers generally start their kill when a cricket team’s batting fails. This is also where Mohammed Amir although expensive, leads payback times. At certain spells, you can also visualize Wahab Riaz’s brilliance. The last time around he bowled a maiden and showed Chris Gayle the door. Shaheen Afridi and Mohammad Hasnain will both be considered if they are looking for short of a new ball bowler. Imad Wasim may be under threat if they decide to play a few quicks.

Probable Playing XI:

Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Mohammad Hafeez, Imad Wasim/Shaheen Afridi/Mohammad Hasnain, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir

Pitch Report:

Last year, it is reported that the strip helped hosts England score at least 481 runs while playing against Australia. Simultaneously, they amassed 444 for 3 in 2016 while playing against Pakistan. Today, they will be playing the same pitch for the World Cup match once again, against Pakistan. At the same time, the strip is supposed to be highly bowler unfriendly. It will remain covered due to rain forecasts. The start time on both occasions was at about 2 PM and a smiling, shiny sun overhead, as the surface glistened the shade of white. Therefore, both attacks were well flayed, although, it must be observed that the play, by itself, was not up to the mark. All of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins were missing in the Australian side last time.

ICC now orders all pitch preparations and the strips are watched rather closely. Any slants placed by the ECB on the Trent bridge decks for scoring runs will be removed. The pitch, on Saturday, for example, used for the New Zealand vs Sri Lanka game had a greener surface and was really close to the middle square. This was primarily for broadcast purposes, and further modifications to the dimensions of the ground were not possible. The outfield will remain electric and will provide great value on both sides from behind the squares.

With forecast already underway for rains on Sunday, the pitch should be covered. According to AccuWeather, it is largely expected to be clear today. A cloud cover may be expected as the day progresses, but the beginning of the game will be pure sunshine. Chances of rains are extremely slim, though it is highly unlikely it will affect the game or the team’s performances.

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