England are coming off an ODI series win against Sri Lanka and will be pretty confident going into the three match ODI series against Pakistan. England have a formidable ODI team and are also the current ICC ODI World Champs. Pakistan on the other hand have one of the most unpredictable teams in world cricket.

The first ODI will be a D/N game on July 08 at Cardiff while the second ODI shifts to Lord’s on July 10. The third and final game of the series will take place on 13 July at Birmingham and will be a D/N game. Once the ODI series is finished, England will then play Pakistan in a three match T20 series.

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England vs. Pakistan – News

England would have been massive betting favorites going into this series but a sudden change brought about by COVID-19 has changed things significantly. Multiple players in the England squad tested positive and a result they have been forced to quarantine. The entire English squad is set to go into a 10 day isolation period and as a result will not take part in the ODI series against Pakistan.

The English squad went into quarantine on July 04 and will stay there till July 14 based on the current quarantine protocol of the UK government. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has confirmed that the Pakistan series will go on as they have quickly put together a second string English cricket team that will be captain by Ben Stokes who is being rushed back after being out with an injury.England

The ECB has called up multiple players from country cricket and have given them a pleasant surprise to represent their country at ODI level. A total of 9 uncapped players are part of this squad and are expected to make their debut at some point during this ODI series.

England vs. Pakistan – Betting Odds and Squads

England go in as the betting underdogs due to this and now have odds of 2.00 while Pakistan are the betting favorites with odds of 1.80. While England are playing a number of new faces, there is still a bit of experience in the team. We take a look at both squads below.

England: Ben Stokes (C), Phil Salt, James Vince, Dawid Malan, Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Will Jacks, Dan Lawrence, John Simpson, Craig Overton, David Payne, Matt Parkinson, Lewis Gregory .Saqib Mahmood, Tom Helm, Danny Briggs, Brydon Carse and Jake Ball.

Pakistan: Babar Azam (C), Abdullah Shafique, Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Agha Salman, Faheem Ashraf, Haris Sohail, Haris Rauf, M Hasnain, Hasan Ali, M Rizwan, M Nawaz, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Saud Shakeel, Usman Qadir and Sohaib Maqsood.

England vs. Pakistan – Predictions

This series is going to be a lot more competitive given the fact that the top English players are not going to be available. Pakistan definitely has the talent and ability to beat England and win the ODI series but for that to happen, they need to win the first ODI.

England vs. Pakistan – Verdict

Even though England are the underdogs for the first ODI, we are going to back England to come out firing and win the first ODI. Ben Stokes tends to rise to the challenge when England have their backs to the wall and we believe he will lead England to win the first ODI.

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