England vs Pakistan T20 World Cup: 3 Changes England can make for ENG vs PAK Final
Updated on: Nov 12, 2022 7:49 pm IST
England vs Pakistan: England will take on Pakistan in the Final of the ICC T20 World Cup 2022. They thrashed India in the semi finals and won by 10 wickets. But before the semi-final against India, England suffered 2 huge blows. Their number three batsman Dawid Malan and express pace bowler Mark Wood got injured and didnt take the field on Thursday. They haven’t recovered properly. So England would want to address this issue before the final against Pakistan. Let’s see what are the possible changes England is likely to make for this fixture.
1. Woakes to bowl at the death
England’s premium death over specialist Sam Curran and Chris Jordan were taken to the cleaners in the semifinals. With Mark Wood’s participation in doubt, they would want someone to step up with the ball at the flag end of the inning. Experienced campaigner Chris Woakes could be that guy along with Jordan.
2. Mark Wood to play, if fit for the Finals
England’s express pacer Mark Wood is injured and didn’t play in the semi-final against India. As per reports, he is recovering and there are chances that he may play in the finals. Mark Wood, himself said that he is not 100% fit but will take the field if needed for the team. Whereas England’s coach said that they might not risk him if he is not 100% fit. With the World Cup final on the line, England could bring in an even 80% fit Mark Wood in place of Chris Jordan, as he is a genuine wicket-taker and more of a match-winner than Jordan.
3. Stokes to bat at three, Salt to play the role of a floater
With Malan ruled out, Ben Stokes for sure will bat at number three for England. With finishers like Livingstone and Brook to follow, England could use Phil Salt as a floater in between them and make him go bonkers from ball one in the middle overs to keep the run rate going. This would also help Stokes to play his natural game and this will help to reduce the pressure on Livingstone and Brook in the later part of the innings.