England – the world’s finest 50-over side

It’s the only conclusion to draw from recent history. The question is, what can other sides learn from the way England approach this format and can England stay ahead of them all up until the next World Cup?

In the second one-day international against Pakistan, Abu Dhabi played host to a magnificent show of strength from the tourists. Playing in unfamiliar conditions, they put together a sizeable opening partnership with Alex Hales going on to make a hundred, after which the sheer variety of their bowling attack told. Pakistan – who lest we forget had won their previous match – were brushed aside with consummate ease. It’s clear that no-one can match England at the minute.

Left-armers, wrist-spinners, explosive batsmen and a plethora of all-rounders giving extraordinary depth to the batting order mean it’s very hard to find fault with this current England side. Quite how Pakistan come back from this is anyone’s guess – all they can really do is try and forget about history, convincing themselves that they are able to compete.

It’s a tall order, but what else can they do?

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9 Appeals

  1. I’m feeling brave new cynicism about this side.

  2. Still don’t rate Hales.

  3. Mohammad Irfan is a tall order.

  4. He’s still got it.


    And if he played for England still, the present title might just be sufficiently unironic (might!) that Yer Maj wouldn’t have used it.

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