7th over: England 56-0 (Vince 28, Bairstow 22) Another fine shot from Bairstow, cutting Hasnain backward of backward point. England, while not having it all their own way, are going at eight an over without breaking sweat.
6th over: England 45-0 (Vince 27, Bairstow 17) Bairstow, facing Shaheen, is warming to the task. He picks up another four with a lovely soft-hands touch to fine leg’s right, but then miscues a pull and gets away with a top edge over the keeper’s left shoulder. Shaheen is bowling fast now, giving Vince the hurry-up and perhaps making Morgan wonder if he was right to leave out both his speed merchants.
5th over: England 38-0 (Vince 26, Bairstow 11) Sarfaraz makes an early change, bringing on Mohammad Hasnain. England continue on their merry way as Bairstow pulls the first ball for four and Vince clips the last off the pads for four more.
4th over: England 27-0 (Vince 21, Bairstow 5) Bairstow has had so little to do this morning, he’s gone out of form. He edges Shaheen, offering an easy catch to the vacant second slip, and then escapes an LBW appeal. Meanwhile the camera finds Ed Smith, deep in conversation with his new boss Ashley Giles. They could surely do with some tips from our readers on who should win the fringe places in the World Cup XV.
3rd over: England 22-0 (Vince 21, Bairstow 1) Vince is up for this. Facing Hasan, he plays the most imperious of his cover drives and follows up with a pull for four more. He has only let Jonny B face one ball so far.
“It’s my first cricket since the Windies,” says Robert Wilson, “so I’d appreciate a punchy and glib paragraph on what I’ve missed so far.” I’m hoping that’s a joke. “Plus, while you’re at it, an abject apology for daring to do Gavaskar-comedy. Say what you like about the pocket Schwarzenegger, he fronted up to that generation’s carnivorous quicks with nothing but a floppy hat and a reproachful expression. Strong men used to faint hearing it on the radio. Them’s some giant plums.” It’s a fair point. But he still made 36 not out off 60 overs. In the World Cup.
2nd over: England 14-0 (Vince 13, Bairstow 1) Jonny Bairstow brings a touch of sobriety, getting off the mark with an old pro’s tuck into the legside off the left-armer Shaheen. Vince tears through the covers again with a drive from the brutal end of his repertoire, then spoils his run of fours with a flick to long leg. He’s shaping up as a useful understudy.
1st over: England 8-0 (Vince 8, Bairstow 0) Hasan Ali opens the bowling and everything goes wrong. First ball, half-volley, square drive for four. Second ball, better length but a touch wide, off-drive on the up, four more. Vince does well to see the ball so clearly so early, and Hasan does well to bounce back with four dots. The pitch looks like another road.
Gary Naylor is in the house
Well, on Twitter, and armed, as ever, with a theory. “I noticed at Bristol that Pakistan did not hit enough sixes. Though worth only two more runs, I suspect sixes push fielders on to the sponge, making twos more available, and provoke fielding errors through intimidation. Certainly works that way for England just now!” They also demoralise the bowler. And above all, they electrify the crowd.
From Steve Hudson. “I remember Abid Ali,” he says. “For the time, a decent seam bowler for India. They didn’t have much to choose from, did they? Sunil Gavaskar opened the bowling a couple of times – 5 foot 4 and about 65mph with the wind behind him.” Haha. And even slower when he batted.
England 1 Jonny Bairstow, 2 James Vince, 3 Joe Root, 4 Eoin Morgan (c), 5 Jos Buttler (w), 6 Ben Stokes, 7 Moeen Ali, 8 David Willey, 9 Chris Woakes, 10 Tom Curran, 11 Adil Rashid.
Pakistan 1 Fakhar Zaman, 2 Abid Ali, 3 Babar Azam, 4 Shoaib Malik, 5 Sarfaraz Ahmed (c, w), 6 Mohammad Hafeez, 7 Asif Ali, 8 Imad Wasim, 9 Hasan Ali, 10 Mohammad Hasnain, 11 Shaheen Afridi.
Toss: England win and bat
Bored of chasing down big totals, Morgan opts to try and set one instead. England’s rotation continues with Jason Roy dropping out, Jonny Bairstow coming back, and the fastest new-ball pair for ages, Archer and Wood, giving way to two swingers in Woakes and Willey. Tom Curran, the star man on Friday, retains his place. So, more surprisingly, does Joe Root, which means that Joe Denly won’t get a chance in his natural habitat near the top of the order.
For Pakistan, Imam-ul-Haq is still nursing that sore elbow, so Abid Ali comes in to open with Fakhar Zaman. Hands up if you’re old enough to remember him opening the bowling for India.
Preamble: no hundreds please, Pakistan
Morning everyone and welcome to an unusual sporting occasion. It’s both a dead rubber and a dress rehearsal. Two weeks tomorrow, England play Pakistan in the World Cup, back at Trent Bridge, where they met on Friday. Today, with rather less of a buzz in the air, they meet at Headingley for the fifth and final one-day international. If you need to lower your blood pressure, you’ve come to the right place.
It’s not easy for a white-ball series to be remembered for more than about a month, but this one is heading for pub-quiz immortality. Q. Which cricket nation scored a thousand runs in a week and still went 3-0 down? A. Pakistan, the team who’ll do anything to ensure we keep calling them mercurial.
Even dead rubbers have their little dramas and the first question today is whether Sarfaraz Ahmed and Mickey Arthur can stir their men to win a match. They could start by banning individual high scores: their top order have become the masters of the match-losing hundred. In today’s 50-over game, also known as Eoin Morgan World, it’s OK to cruise to 50 off 50 balls as long as you get the next 50 off 25. Pakistan’s elegant strokemakers have got to become more destructive.