Southampton – England left out rising star Jofra Archer as they made changes for the second one-day international against Pakistan at Southampton on Saturday.
Team officials had always planned that this five-match series would act as a final audition for places in tournament hosts England’s 15-man squad for the World Cup, which starts later this month.
To that end, they made three changes to their side following Wednesday’s rain-affected no-result which saw just 19 overs bowled at The Oval.
Left-arm quick David Willey came in for Archer, fit-again opener Jason Roy returned in place of James Vince — left out on his Hampshire home ground — and Moeen Ali was recalled in place of fellow spinner Joe Denly for this day game.
Meanwhile left-arm quick Mohammad Amir, left out of his country’s provisional World Cup squad but named in the side that played at The Oval, was reportedly suffering from a viral infection with his place taken by spinner Yasir Shah.
Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and elected to bowl first on Saturday.
“It looks like a good batting pitch and we want to try and bowl first and take early wickets,” said Safraz.
“We know it’s going to be a high scoring game so we have to be positive. We’re hoping we can restrict them to 270-280 and chase the target.”
Meanwhile England captain Eoin Morgan said: “It looks a very good, fresh pitch. We like playing here — we have some good memories, and always get some fantastic support.”
England: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (capt), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wkt), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett
Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Sarfraz Ahmed (capt/wkt), Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Yasir Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi
Umpires: Chris Gaffaney (NZL), Tim Robinson (ENG)
TV umpire: Paul Reiffel (AUS)
Match referee: Richie Richardson (WIS)