By George Marrable
- England dominate the One Day Series
- Pakistan get the last two wins
While England dominated the One Day Series against Pakistan, the final word was had by the tourists as they finished with a flourish in the T20 – We break down the ratings.
Jason Roy – 6/10 – A mixed series for Roy on the back of a string of good performances against Sri Lanka. He finished the ODI series in style with 87 from 89 balls, but struggled to get going in the T20.
Alex Hales – 5/10 – Despite a record-breaking innings of 171 at Trent Bridge, the Nottinghamshire batsman continued to struggle with the bat, even in his preferred format. The opener failed to pass 30 in 4 of the ODI games, but a quick-fire 37 from 26 balls in the T20 showed his quality is still there.
Joe Root – 8/10 – Continued his magnificent form by passing 50 in three of the five ODI matches, but tailed off towards the business end of the series. However, a couple of bad scores does not lead anyone to question the young batsman’s immense quality in all formats.
Eoin Morgan – 6/10 – Like Jason Roy, it was an up and down series for the skipper. Morgan passed 50 twice in the five ODI games, but led his team well with good bowling and fielding changes throughout.
Ben Stokes – 6/10 – A frustrating series for Stokes with the ball, as he was unable to bowl until the 4th ODI, and failed to take a wicket in two games. However, he more than made up for it with the bat, with scores of 42, 69 and 75 proving crucial for the side.
Jos Buttler – 5/10 – Despite only getting to bat in two ODI’s and the T20, Buttler showed his destructive batting in the third ODI, scoring 90* in England’s record breaking innings. Solid with the gloves once, but still may not have done enough to replace Jonny Bairstow in the test side.
Moeen Ali – 4/10 – a disappointing series for Moeen, picking up just 3 wickets in 4 games in the ODI series. Despite chipping in with a few runs here and there, Moeen will be looking to improve his performances in Bangladesh during the winter.
Adil Rashid – 8/10 – Bowled extremely well in the ODI series, picking up 9 wickets in four ODI’s and one T20. Didn’t get a bat in any match, despite his batting capabilities, and has really put the pressure on Moeen Ali for the upcoming test series against Bangladesh.
Liam Plunkett – 6/10 – Nothing spectacular from Plunkett in the ODI series, with 5 wickets in 4 games. Lead by example in the field with an unbelievable one-handed catch in the first ODI.
Chris Woakes – 9/10 – England’s most improve player this season went from strength to strength once again, and was the pick of the bowlers in the series. The Warwickshire all-rounder took 9 wickets in 4 games, and has become a stalwart in England’s side nowadays.
Mark Wood – 7/10 – The Durham paceman made a strong return to the side with 7 wickets in 4 ODI matches. Despite struggling at Trent Bridge in the 3rd ODI, Wood looking strong on his return, bowling fast and nasty at Pakistan’s batting line-up.
Sami Aslam – 2/10 – Very poor series for the opening batsman, with a high score of 24 in 3 innings. Pakistan found themselves on the back-foot early on in a number of innings, due to his early dismissals.
Sharjeel Khan – 5/10 – Khan struggled to find consistency in his game during the series, passing 50 in 2 of the 6 games he played in. He displayed some truly destructive batting in the T20 at Old Trafford, finishing with 59 from 36 balls. Could be key for Pakistan in future, if he can find some consistency.
Azhar Ali – 6/10 – Like Khan, captain Ali also struggled for consistency. He led from the front in a couple of games, passing 80 in 2 of the 5 ODI’s, but Pakistan needed a couple more captain’s innings from Ali.
Babar Azam – 4/10 – Azam got a few starts in the ODI series, but never really kicked on to make a big score. He earned himself a call up for the T20, but the game was well and truly over when he arrived at the crease.
Shoaib Malik – 4/10 – Veteran all-rounder Malik failed to show the high quality performances we have seen from him in the past. Despite smashing 77 in the final ODI, that was his only score over 50, and his days of international cricket look numbered.
Sarfraz Ahmed – 9/10 – Probably the man of the series for both sides, Sarfraz passed 50 three times in five games, including a score of 105 in the second ODI. He really announced himself on the world stage during this series, with his batting against spin particularly impressive.
Mohammed Nawaz – 3/10 – Nawaz had a very poor series with both bat and ball. He took just 3wickets in 4 games, and never got a score of note, adding to Pakistan’s constant batting troubles lower down the order.
Imad Wasim – 7/10 – Wasim emerged as a very useful player in both Pakistan’s batting and bowling line-up. He chipped in with 4 wickets and passed 50 twice in four innings, proving to be a very effective all-rounder.
Mohammed Amir – 6/10 – Probably the unluckiest bowler all summer, Amir once again came away with figures that didn’t reflect his bowling efforts. Amir took 4 wickets in four ODI’s and the T20, but could have had plenty more.
Umar Gul – 5/10 – The experienced bowler returned to the side for three of the ODI’s against England. Gul chipped in with 3 wickets in 3 games, but probably would have hoped for more success.
Wahab Riaz – 2/10 – Like Gul, Riaz added some well-needed experience to Pakistan’s side. However, he failed to make much of an impact, no matter how quick he tried to bowl, coming away with just 1 wicket in the 3 ODI matches he played.
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