ENG vs PAK 3rd ODI: 5 changes Pakistan could make to avoid whitewash against England

ENG vs PAK 3rd ODI: 5 changes Pakistan could make vs England
ENG vs PAK 3rd ODI: 5 changes Pakistan could make vs England

ENG vs PAK 3rd ODI: 5 changes Pakistan could make to avoid whitewash against England – Pakistan will be aiming to achieve some respectability when they take on England in the third and final ODI on Tuesday. The visitors have been thoroughly outplayed in the first two games and have already conceded the series, but Babar Azam and Co. will be keen to avoid a whitewash and repeat of their performances. Pakistan will avoid making wholesale changes to their XI, but the likes of Sarfaraz Khan, Agha Salman, Mohammad Hasnain and Abdullah Shafique are all staking their claim for a place in the side.

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ENG vs PAK 3rd ODI: Five changes Pakistan could make for the series finale

ENG vs PAK 3rd ODI: Sarfaraz Khan could return

Former Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Khan has earned his place in the set-up with a string of impressive performances in the domestic circuit and PSL. While Mohammad Rizwan has done little to suggest that his place in the side is in danger, Khan could come into the side as a proper batsman and shore up the batting order which has struggled to score runs. In both the outings, Pakistan were reduced to 26/4 and 53/4, and the former captain’s experience could come in handy to weather the storm.

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ENG vs PAK 3rd ODI: Mohammed Hasnain to complement pace trio

Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf and Hasan Ali should retain their places in the side, but the fourth pacer in Mohammad Hasnain could be added to complement their attack. The visitors bowled well in the second ODI but struggled to get the most of Faheem Ashraf’s spell which proved to be the difference in the end. While that would weaken the batting order, Ashraf has been in poor form himself and a return of Hasain would further help Pakistan pile the pressure on an inexperienced England batting order.

ENG vs PAK 3rd ODI: Agha Salman, Abdullah Shafique to get a nod?

The likes of Agha Salman and Abdullah Shafique could also get a nod in, especially with the batting order struggling to get runs at the top of the order. Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam are likely to retain their places, but the likes of Imam ul-Haq and Soahaib Maqsoob have their places under threat following poor performances in the first two games. Salman’s medium pace could also come in handy especially with Faheem Ashraf’s poor form, while a 21-year-old Shafique has impressed one and all in his short career so far.