England v Pakistan: fourth one-day international – live!

May 17, 2019 Off By readly




03:23

Preamble

Hello and welcome to the penultimate episode of the Great British Bowl Off. A pace bowler will be sent home after the final two ODIs against Pakistan, and England are little the wiser as to who it will be.

Only three of Tom Curran, Liam Plunkett, David Willey and Mark Wood (alphabetical order; there are no clues here) can make the World Cup squad. At some point next week, one of them will feel their phone vibrate. They’ll pull it out of their formidably tight jeans, look at the screen, see the words ‘Eoin Morgan calling’ and feel their heart sink.

My suspicion is that Curran will just miss out, but I’ve changed my mind umpteen times already this summer. Wood is a shoo-in if fit, but that has been a supersized ‘if’ for much of his career. He will bowl for the first time this summer today, and if he gets through the next two games unscathed you’d think he’ll surely be in the final XV.

The other bowlers – Curran, Plunkett and Willey – will be desperate to play today, as it is their penultimate chance to offer a tantalising hint of a newfound irreplaceability. But this might not be the worst game to miss. The England quicks might be able to bowl themselves into the World Cup squad; they could also be hit out of it. In one-day cricket, Trent Bridge is probably the highest scoring ground in the world, where scores of 400 have become almost the norm.

Godspeed, lads.

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Source of this (above) article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2019/may/17/england-v-pakistan-fourth-one-day-international-live