England may be the birthplace of cricket, but that doesn't always translate to trophies. After winning the 2010 ICC World Twenty20, retaining the Ashes and being ranked the No.1 Test nation in 2011, a slide began that saw a 5-0 Test series whitewash in Australia and failure to even get out of their ODI World Cup group. Ashes triumph on home soil in 2015 hinted at a brighter future.
On Friday in Adelaide, at 2pm local time, Test cricket will embark on an experiment which the authorities hope will breathe new life into a format that is in danger of showing its age. Their faith is based on a simple premise: use a pink ball, turn on the floodlights, extend the hours of play until 9pm, and hope that spectators are lured by the unprecedented prospect of leaving work to take their families to the Test.
It helps that the two guinea pigs are Australia and New Zealand, two of world cricket’s most attack-minded nations, and there is already talk of crowds of 50,000 turning up for the first two evenings at Adelaide Oval – numbers that are unheard of outside Ashes Tests. There is a frisson in the air.
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England did well after losing the first ODI and bounced back to back register back to wins. And now Eoin Morgan’s boys lead the series 2-1 with one match to go. England finds themselves in a comfortable position as victory in last ODI mean they cannot lose the series.
However, the team will be looking to stay focused and not allow Pakistan to level the series.
England (From): Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), James Taylor, Jos Buttler(w), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Reece Topley, Jonny Bairstow, Liam Plunkett, Sam Billings, Chris Jordan.
Pakistan (From): Azhar Ali(c), Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfraz Ahmed(w), Anwar Ali, Wahab Riaz, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Irfan, Ahmed Shehzad, Zafar Gohar, Rahat Ali, Aamer Yamin, Bilal Asif.
It will face off in the fourth and final One-Day International of the series at Dubai. The match will be fiercely contested since it will determine the fate of both sides; for England a win will give them the series and Pakistan will fight for a draw. James Taylor and Chris Woakes were the stars of the previous game for England with the bat and ball respectively.
Taylor hit a steadying and ultimately match-winning 67 in chase of a paltry 209. Woakes with another 4-for was largely responsible for keeping Pakistan down to such a low score in the first place. England have looked like a well-balanced unit in the series following their defeat in the first game, they have played as a unit and that has made a huge difference. Their sharpness in the field has also lended to their competitive edge. Pakistan will need to really up their game to win the final match.
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Batsmen Nick Compton and Gary Ballance have been recalled to the squad while Ian Bell misses out on selection. Compton, who currently has nine Test caps, last played for England in May 2013. Yorkshire batsman Ballance has played 15 Tests since making his debut against Australia in 2014 and was last involved during the Ashes series earlier this year.
Two players uncapped at Test level have been included in the squad; left-arm seamer Mark Footitt who has recently moved from Derbyshire to Surrey, and Nottinghamshire batsman Alex Hales who was in the recent Test squad that faced Pakistan.
The squad includes three players who were involved in England's last tour of South Africa in 2009/10; Alastair Cook, James Anderson and Stuart Broad.
Injuries to pace bowlers Mark Wood (left ankle) and Steven Finn (left foot) mean they are both unavailable for selection. Wood will undergo ankle surgery next week and Finn will continue his recovery from a bone stress injury. Further details on their rehabilitation and back to bowling programmes will be provided in due course.National selector, James Whitaker, said: "Playing the number one ranked Test side in the world in their home conditions will be a really exciting challenge for this squad and one I'm sure these players will relish.
"Ian Bell has been an outstanding player for many years and undoubtedly still has plenty to offer England in the future. It was clearly a difficult decision but he has struggled for runs in recent series and we felt that it was the right time for him to take a break and spend time working on his game out of the spotlight.
"The inclusion of Nick Compton and Gary Ballance alongside Alex Hales, Joe Root and James Taylor gives Trevor Bayliss and Alastair Cook plenty of options in the top order.
"Adil Rashid showed plenty of promise in the UAE but the conditions in South Africa make the likelihood of playing two spinners extremely remote. Although he would have been selected as a back up spinner we feel there is an excellent opportunity for him to spend some time developing his white-ball skills in the lead up to the ICC World T20 in March. It is likely that Adil will travel to Australia to play for a Big Bash franchise.
"On behalf of the selectors I would like to wish Alastair and Trevor all the very best for the tour."
The investigation comes after an erratic performance by Pakistan, with Azhar Ali’s side collapsing from 132 for two to 208 all out, dropping three catches, missing a stumping and losing three wickets to run-outs.
According to the Daily Mail, the ICC’s anti-corruption unit have requested data from international betting markets after suspicious gambling patterns raised alarm.
The ICC was reportedly told that double the ‘usual’ amount of money was bet on Pakistan, with England surprisingly being made the heavy favourites for a one-day match in the UAE.
Pakistan became favourites to win when they were just two wickets down, but their batting collapse drastically reversed the odds.
Those with prior knowledge about a batting collapse can make huge sums from switches in odds, with the ICC reportedly receiving intelligence before the match that there could at least be an effort to change them.