No Buttler or Stokes today and no Jason Roy who has side tension and won’t be in good shape until the Australian series at the earliest. This gives Tom Banton, Sam Billings and Lewis Gregory the opportunity to claim the now postponed T20 World Cup until next year and they will have to grab it this fall as time is running out. There are also very few places.
One suspects when they start the tournament in India next year despite injuries their plan is still Roy, Buttler, Bairstow, Morgan, Stokes, X, Moeen, Curran T, Jordan, Archer, Rashid. That X might just be Root who might throw a plus or two in India like in 2016, but thinks it’s the only place to win.
Pakistan ended a long losing streak with back-to-back wins against Bangladesh in Lahore last February. Shadab Khan, their highest box-taker of the format in the past two years, will give it a tear and Mohammad Amir returns, but they look a light melon with T20 us among the dressmakers in Hasan’s absence. Ali. In Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam, they have two of the best white ball batsmen in the game who are worth millions in the IPL Draft without the shameful discrimination against Pakistani players. It should be a good game, weather permitting. So far, it’s pretty fair, albeit cold.