By Peter Moore

ENGLAND – The hosts warm up for forthcoming World Cup with a comprehensive 4-0 series win over Pakistan.

 

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England

Jason Roy – 9/10 – Doesn’t look like he has hardly played any cricket so far this season. Hit 114, 87 and 76 opening in just three games. Class act who keeps on delivering.

Jonny Bairstow – 8/10 – Complimented his fellow opener Roy in typical Bairstow fashion. Scored 211 in three innings including a brilliant 128 in the 3rd ODI.

James Vince – 6/10 – As part of England’s rotation policy, opened the innings three times, with a top score of 43. Type of player who needs to go on and compile a big score.

Joe Root – 7/10 – Another consistent series from Mr ‘ever-reliable’. Left it until the last ODI to hit his highest score of the series 84. Batting at three in white ball cricket certainly suits him.

Eoin Morgan – 8/10 – Led England from the front once again. His captaincy was superb in all games. Forced to miss one match due to an ICC ban. Two half centuries in three innings scored at a rapid pace.

Jos Buttler – 9/10 – Rare failure (0) in fourth ODI which most fans won’t remember after an explosive innings of 110 not out of only 55 balls with nine six’s at the Ageas Bowl. Can bat anywhere and relishes any challenge thrown at him.

Ben Stokes – 7/10 – Pushed up the order in fourth ODI at Trent Bridge and responded with an undefeated 71. Hardly been used much with the ball, restricted to just four overs in each match.

Moeen Ali – 6/10 – Aside from an unbeaten 46 to see England over the line in the third ODI, has got out to often to poor shots- including two ducks. His bowling hasn’t looked threatening, which is a worry with the World Cup fast approaching.

Joe Denly – 4/10 – Have been given a couple of opportunities in the series but hasn’t responded. Only delivered 36 balls to no effect and must be somebody who’s World Cup place could be in doubt.

Tom Curran – 8/10 – Essential late order runs from the Surrey man in typical Curran fashion will have done his World Cup chances no harm at all. An impressive cameo innings of 29 not out boosted England’s total to 351 in the last ODI. Superb with the ball as well. Making a strong case to include him in the World Cup squad.

Chris Woakes – 8/10 – Ripped the heart out of Pakistan’s top order in the final ODI with a spell of 3-17, eventually bagging 5 wickets along with picking up 4-67 at Bristol proves that it would take a foolish person to discount Woakes from the World Cup squad.

David Willey – 6/10 – The one bowler who’s place could be in jeopardy ahead of the World Cup. Bowled well at the Ageas Bowl (2-57), but since then hasn’t replicated that form.

Adil Rashid – 6/10 – Steady performances with the ball, but still inclined to be a little expensive.

Liam Plunkett – 6/10 – One of the elder stateman of this excellent England side, little chance to shine with the ball.

Chris Jordan – 8/10 – Within 24 deliveries of the rain effected opening ODI, one could see why there has been so much hype about Jordan. Has express pace, can mix up his bowling with a very effective yorker. Wrapped up in cotton wool ahead of the World Cup. Certain to be named in the eventual fifteen.

Mark Wood – 7/10 – Equal fast pace as Archer, England opened with Wood and Archer in fourth ODI. Wood looked the part despite expensive figures of 2-71. One player in this England line up who is more comfortable with ball in hand than bat.

 

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Pakistan

Imam-ul-Haq – 8/10 – Hit a magnificent 151 in third ODI- Looks an opener who has something good about him.

Fakhar Zaman- 7/10 – Good series from the opener. With scores of 138 and 57 has looked a fine partner for ul-haq.

Babar Azam  – 9/10 – Came with a very good reputation in white ball cricket and hasn’t let Pakistan down. Scores of 115, 80 and 51 have cemented his place as a number three.

Asif Ali – 6/10 – Just one score of note a half century in the second ODI. Limited opportunities for the Pakistani batsman.

Haris Sohail – 6/10 – Just one score of note, 41 before getting himself run out.

Sarfraz Ahmed – 7/10 – The Captain saved his best for last, desperately unlucky to finish three short of a deserved century in the final ODI. Captained the side to the best of his ability.

Imad Wasim – 7/10 – Pick of the Pakistan attack at Headingley, finishing up with 3-53. A useful second change bowler.

Faheem Ashraf – 4/10 – Disappointing series from Ashraf. Bowled far to short on a lot of occasions and was very expensive.

Hassan Ali- 4/10 – Another bowler that has really shown up Pakistan’s weakness in this series. Far to expensive and hasn’t threatened batsman into playing false strokes.

Shaheen Shah Afridi – 6/10 – Picked up his best figures of the series 4-82 at Headingley. Needs to be more consistent.

Mohammad Hafeez – 6/10 – Played just a couple of games with scores of 59 and 0.  Showed some promise with the bat.

Shoaib Malik – 6/10 Featured just twice for the Pakistanis with a best of 41 before hitting his wicket.

Mohammad Hasnain – 6/10 – Used twice by Pakistan in the series. Claimed the wicket of Joe Root in the final ODI. Enjoyed coming in at 11 at Headingley and smashing a quick 28 in Pakistan loss.

The ICC world Cup starts on 30 May.

 

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