Match Preview – Pakistan vs England, England in Pakistan 2022, 4th T20I

Big picture The shapeshifting nature of a seven-match T20I series makes it difficult to capture the big picture in words that age well, so the first rule of doing this is accepting that. England, after all, have a seemingly bottomless pit of explosive T20 cricketers, and as Harry Brook and Will Jacks – who debuted … Read more

PAK vs ENG – 3rd T20I – Karachi

England are set to make “a couple of changes” in Friday night’s third T20I against Pakistan in Karachi, as they look to manage their squad through a hectic schedule of seven games in 13 days. They made one forced change for Thursday’s ten-wicket defeat as Liam Dawson replaced Richard Gleeson, who left the field in … Read more

Pak vs Eng, 3rd T20I, Karachi

After nearly seven months on the sidelines, Mark Wood marked his return to international cricket with a searing display of matchwinning fast bowling in the third T20I at Karachi, but said that workload management remains his priority as England build towards the winter’s main event, next month’s T20 World Cup in Australia. England’s need for … Read more

Match Preview – Pakistan vs England, England in Pakistan 2022, 2nd T20I

Now that the first game is out of the way, England will feel a whole lot better about themselves. Not simply because they put in a clinical performance to go up 1-0, but also because the reputational damage of last year’s pullout has begun to be undone. After Pakistan helped prop England Cricket up financially … Read more

PAK vs ENG 2022 – 1st T20I

The conference room in Karachi is a cosy little place, one that feels overcrowded when a high-profile press conference is imminent. There’s a flurry of activity as journalists scramble to get themselves to one of the black leather sofas, demand for which far outstrips supply. On a muggy September evening under the glare of the … Read more

Pak vs Eng, 1st T20I, Karachi – Moeen Ali

The sense of occasion will not be lost on Moeen Ali when he walks out for the toss at Karachi’s National Stadium on Tuesday night. Jos Buttler’s calf injury means that he will captain England against Pakistan, the country from which his grandfather emigrated after the second world war, on their first tour of the … Read more

Match Preview – Pakistan vs England, England in Pakistan 2022, 1st T20I

Big picture Seventeen long years ago, in the cold of a misty December night, England’s cricketers made their way off the field at Rawalpindi after a consolation victory in the fifth and final ODI. It was the final act of a tour in which little had gone right for England in either red- or white-ball … Read more

Pak vs Eng 2022 – Evolving Shan Masood attributes Blast success and Arthur for Pakistan call-up

When Mickey Arthur‘s tenure as Pakistan coach started in 2016, he made an understandable judgement on Shan Masood as a batter. “I thought he was just a Test player,” Arthur told ESPNcricinfo. “Nice and compact, with a really good technique.” Masood had hardly played T20 cricket and in his sporadic appearances, he struggled to get … Read more

Pak vs Eng, T20I series – Alex Hales’ strained relationship with Ben Stokes no barrier

Alex Hales‘ strained relationship with Ben Stokes will not throw England off course in their bid to win the T20 World Cup in Australia, according to Matthew Mott. Hales and Stokes were involved in the infamous brawl outside a Bristol nightclub in 2017 that saw Stokes charged with affray – he denied the charge and … Read more

Pak vs Eng, T20I series

England are in a transition phase in T20 international cricket and their historic seven-match series in Pakistan will require them to juggle a number of competing demands. Their selection meeting ahead of the tour lasted nearly four hours as Jos Buttler, Matthew Mott and Rob Key weighed up the importance of fine-tuning ahead of this … Read more