Cricket

Pakistan ask England to bat in 5th ODI

2016-09-04 13:40
Azhar Ali (Getty Images)

Cardiff - Pakistan captain Azhar Ali won the toss and elected to field in the fifth and final one-day international against England in Cardiff on Sunday.

England, 4-0 up and bidding for a first home 5-0 series whitewash, made three changes to the side that won by four wickets at Headingley on Thursday.

They gave an ODI debut to Hampshire left-arm spinner Liam Dawson, with specialist slow bowlers Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid both rested.

Pacemen Chris Woakes and Mark Wood returned, with fast bowler Liam Plunkett also rested from this match in the Welsh capital.

Pakistan made two changes, left-arm quick Mohammad Amir returning after giant quick Mohammad Irfan was ruled out of the rest of the tour after cramping up at Headingley, and all-rounder Shoaib Malik replacing top-order batsman Sami Aslam.

The Pakistan team also featured all-rounder Imad Wasim, born in the south Wales town of Swansea.

Teams

England: Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (capt), Jonny Bairstow (wkt), Ben Stokes, Liam Dawson, Chris Woakes, David Willey, Chris Jordan, Mark Wood

Pakistan: Sharjeel Khan,Azhar Ali (capt), Shoaib Malik, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed (wkt), Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Nawaz, Imad Wasim, Umar Gul, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir

Umpires: Simon Fry (AUS), Rob Bailey (ENG)

TV umpire: Marais Erasmus (RSA)

Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL)

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