PAKISTAN VS ENGLAND SERIES 2019:
Just before the mega event of the Cricketing world (ODI World Cup 2019 edition) starts, All Cricket teams tend to finalize their World Cup preparations and evaluate their best possible lethal combination for the world cup. As the world cup is just around the corner, Pakistan has the most important away series against the host of the 2019 world cup (England Cricket Team). This series is perhaps the most important series for Pakistan in their cricket calendar year. It is such a significant series as visitors prepare their young guns on the pitches where will soon be playing the mega event.
A WIN WIN SITUATION FOR PAK and ENG
The strategic timing of this Pakistan vs England 2019 series is very crucial as there is so much to take away from this on going series. Both Young and unpredictable yet capable teams are head to head in ODI format just before the World Cup. Getting a “Match” Practice on similar conditions is priceless for both teams as the practice matches doesn’t really serve the purpose when compared with actual Match practice. Both teams are well aware of this and its a WIN WIN situation for both the cricket teams. But there is more for Pakistan to take way. Because they are still experimenting.
PAK PACERS GETTING TO KNOW THE CONDITIONS
Pakistan Cricket Team is heavily loaded with very capable young Pacers. For some of them, it is their first visit to the alien conditions of England. These England conditions are very different from the one back home for Pakistani pacers. getting to know these conditions ahead of World cup is a huge bonus for Pakistan, Its a blessing in disguise. This series consists of only one Twenty20 (T20I) and 5 ODIs (One-day Internationals), which help Pakistan to prepare well before the world cup. Pakistan will play their first match of the world cup against West Indies on 31st May 2019 while England will play their first match of the world cup against South Africa on 30th May 2019.
HISTORY OF PAKISTAN VS ENGLAND IN ODIs:
Let us go down the memory lane to see what history unfolds about Pakistan vs England matches and their past encounters. ODI cricket itself is very old and if we talk about England they are the pioneers of this format. England played their first ODI against Australia in January 1971 and the interesting fact is that this match was the first ODI ever played by any team, while Pakistan played their first ODI against New Zealand in 1973, but registered their first win against England in 1974.
England cricket team played 727 ODIs, with 363 victories, 330 defeats, 8 ties and 26 no results, having 49.93 winning%. While Pakistan Cricket team played 912 ODIs, with 479 victories, 406 defeats, 8 ties, and 19 matches ended with no results, having 52.52 winning%.
if we look at the history of head to head in ODI, Pakistan and England faced each other 82 times, in which Pakistan Cricket team wins 31 times (38.75 winning%), while England Cricket team wins 49 times (61.25 winning%), while 2 matches ended with no results. According to these stats, the England cricket team surely has a great edge over the Pakistan Cricket team.
ICC WORLD CUP EVENTS AND PAK VS ENG SERIES:
WINNING THIS SERIES WILL MAKE THEM WORLD CUP FAVORITES?
Whats on Stake?
As the ICC World Cup 2019 is scheduled this month on 30th May, Pakistan vs England series has its undenied importance in the whole scenario. With the exception of few veteran players like Shoaib Malik, Muhammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Pakistan team is packed with young talented players who will be playing on these sorts of fast pitches, in fact, some of the young guys had no experience of playing in England, Players like Muhammad Hasnain, Shaheen Shah Afridi, and Abid Ali will experience these conditions first hand before the mega event, thus this series benefits these young lads and Pakistan cricket team a lot. If we talk about England side that how this series benefits England cricket team? So the answer is very simple, as each and every team knows Pakistan always has the best and lethal bowling lineup and bowlers, so Practicing against such quality bowling lineup helps England batsmen a lot in the mega event. England also has some debutants who play their first series against Pakistan, and if they perform well in this series they may be in the squad for the world cup, so this is how this entire series is important for both the teams.
STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES OF BOTH TEAMS:
Each team has its own strengths and weaknesses, Teams tend to identify their weaknesses and resolve them through improvements in technique or inclusion of fresh blood and they try to boost their strengths by capitalizing on the in-form players and using the expertise of experienced and well-established team members If we talk about Pakistan Cricket Team, and we just droll down a few years back, there were several wounding weaknesses in the side, which were hurting the Pakistan team since long time. Most prominently the fielding and chasing or should be say Chasing a big total. However, that very team did have an absolute lethal and demolishing bowling lineup, which was capable of demolishing any sort of batting line badly. On the contrary, if we inspect this present Pakistan Side, it appears to be totally different from the past. Pakistani cricket team as a side improved a lot in recent times, working on their batting, bowling, fielding even each and every department of cricket. still, there are few lacking as like missing a proper opener, a proper hitter at the lower order and a wicket-taking attacking bowler as like Wasim Akram, Muhammad Asif, etc. if we talk about the strengths of Pakistan, with no doubt each and every one says that its lethal bowling line which is capable of demolishing any sort of batting line and also defend any sort of total.
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If we take our magnifying glass and Observe the England side, their major lacking or weakness during the past few years is their bowling lineup. England side lacks the experience that James Anderson and Stuart Broad once brought into the side. Some young pacers of England are performing well but the spark, agility, and experience that James Anderson and Stuart Broad had, is definitely missing in the side. As we talk about the strengths of the England side, England side is capable of demolishing any world class side because England has a brilliant batting lineup with a lot of experience into play. Their Ace players in the form of Eoin Morgan and Joe Root are in great form and performing consistently for their side. England as a Fielding side is very up to the mark as well. historically they have been good in this region and there are no surprises that the current England team is also full of spark and sharpness in the field. They are very athletic and very fit in the outfield. It is a perfectly balanced side.
WHO CAN WIN PAKISTAN VS ENGLAND SERIES 2019?
WHO IS FAVORITE? LETS COMPARE!
In the First T20I England made it look all too easy by winning the match with 7 wickets. But ODI is a different ball game altogether. Though not one of the strongholds of Pakistan, ODI cricket will bring in new players from both sides especially the ones to be tested for the Worldcup squad for form and consistency. Thus its slightly early to call it at this particular moment that what is going to be the fate of this epic series coming up just before the world cup. Both teams have outstanding players who are capable of doing something out of the box. Pakistan team Led by Sarfaraz who is known for fighting spirit. He fights for his side and for the match till the very last ball bowled. He is not a sort of skipper who gives up too quickly. and everyone remembers who his this attitude made the difference when Pakistan lifted the ICC champion trophy winner in the same venue. On contrary Engish, Team is led by Eoin Morgan, who is known for his calm nature and brilliant leadership in a tough situation, where his calmness and brilliant decisions lead his team to the victory. He is also a great batsman and on many occasion led his team from the front and made over the line.
ENGLAND VS PAKISTAN
So if we compare both teams, both teams do have their own strengths and weaknesses and both the teams contain some young Players which will add a surprise element to this all-important series but if we talk about experience, England has a little edge over Pakistan side. And if we talk about head to head stats between Pakistan and England, this also put the England side a point above the Pakistan side. So one would guess it be the England team as winners of this series with the home ground advantage and a most consistent record in bilateral series against Pakistan. However, they say Cricket is a very unpredictable game and you just never know with cricket what is coming. Let’s enjoy the good cricket coming our way.
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