Cricket

England bat in only T20 against Pakistan

2016-09-07 19:38
Ben Stokes (Getty)

Manchester - England captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and elected to bat in their lone Twenty20 international against Pakistan at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

England fielded the same side that lost the World Twenty20 final to the West Indies in April, with all-rounder Ben Stokes playing his first match at this level since being hit for four sixes by Carlos Brathwaite in a dramatic last over at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

That meant there was no place in England's XI for Sussex fast bowler Tymal Mills, Durham quick Mark Wood and Kent batsman Sam Billings.

Wicket-keeper Jos Buttler returned from the hamstring injury that saw him miss the final two matches of the preceding one-day international series.

Fast bowler Hasan Ali, who took an ODI-best four for 60 in Cardiff on Sunday as Pakistan won the fifth and final match to avoid a series whitewash, was included in the Pakistan side on Wednesday, together with two Twenty20 specialists in opening batsman Khalid Latif and left-arm quick Sohail Tanveer.

This was wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed's first match as Pakistan's Twenty20 captain.

It was also Pakistan's last match of their tour, which saw them draw a four-match Test series 2-2, and England's final fixture of their 2016 home season.

Teams

England: Alex Hales, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (capt), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wkt), Moeen Ali, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett

Pakistan: Khalid Latif, Sharjeel Khan, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (capt/wkt), Mohammad Rizwan, Babar Azam, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Sohail Tanveer

Umpires: Michael Gough (ENG), Tim Robinson (ENG)

TV umpire: Rob Bailey (ENG)

Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL)

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