England draft in Vince for Pakistan ODI series

By Sports Desk April 29, 2019

England have added James Vince to their squad for the upcoming one-dayers against Pakistan.

The Hampshire batsman was already selected for the one-off 50-over international against Ireland on Friday but will now also remain with the squad for the five-match series with Pakistan that follows.

Vince has been in fine form for his county in the Royal London One-Day Cup this season, scoring 402 runs at an average of 80.40 in the competition.

His call-up comes after Alex Hales was withdrawn from all of England's squads - including their preliminary list for the Cricket World Cup - after reportedly serving a 21-day suspension for what his spokesman described as an "off-field incident".

Meanwhile, Ben Duckett and Dawid Malan have been drafted in for the ODI with Ireland in Malahide, as well as the solitary Twenty20 fixture against Pakistan, which takes place in Cardiff on Sunday.

However, batsman Jason Roy will not feature in either game due to a back spasm, while seamer Mark Wood has been withdrawn to allow him to play for Durham instead.

On Roy, the England and Wales Cricket Board said in a statement that the Surrey opener will "continue to receive treatment" before joining up with his team-mates ahead of the Pakistan series.

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    England's captain, fit to play having been troubled by a back spasm against West Indies last time out, thumped 17 sixes - the most by any batsman in an ODI - during an enthralling 71-ball innings as the tournament hosts racked up 397-6 after electing to bat.

    Morgan's glut of maximums enabled England to set a world record of 25 in an innings, while the match featured 33 sixes – a new World Cup high.

    Afghanistan, who remain winless, predictably came up well short in reply but they showed admirable resolve to reach 247-8, Hashmatullah Shahidi top-scoring with 76 after recovering from a nasty blow to the helmet.  

    Jonny Bairstow (90 from 99 deliveries) and the prolific Joe Root (88 from 82) made valuable contributions for England, while Moeen Ali blasted 31 not out from nine balls at the death.

    Yet it was Morgan who took centre stage in stunning fashion, his sixes all coming in the arc between long-off and backward square-leg courtesy of a series of punishing pulls, drives and slog-sweeps.

    Morgan was given a life on 28 when Dawlat Zadran misjudged a chance at deep midwicket off Rashid Khan. The mistake proved painfully costly for Afghanistan and Rashid, who finished with 0-110 from nine overs, the most expensive analysis in World Cup history.

     

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    Rohit Sharma, AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle have all managed 16 sixes in an ODI innings, but Morgan went one better in Manchester as he compiled the fourth-fastest hundred in World Cup history.

    While the skipper's contribution was outstanding, the efforts of Root - who now has 367 runs in the tournament from five innings - should not be overlooked. England's number three once again fulfilled his role to perfection, ticking along at roughly a run a ball while eschewing risk. By contributing 43 off 33 deliveries during a third-wicket stand of 189 with Morgan, Root did exactly what was required, unselfishly giving as much of the strike as possible to his partner.

     

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    Jason Roy's absence was hardly a factor as England romped to victory without their in-form opener, who has been sidelined by a hamstring tear.

    However, James Vince failed to make the most of his opportunity at the top of the order, departing for 26 after a start that had promised much. 

    Roy has already been ruled out of Friday's clash with Sri Lanka, at the very least, and Vince will be eager not to waste another chance with uncertainty surrounding his fellow batsman's availability for the remainder of the tournament.

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    - England hit 18 sixes in the 2015 World Cup, only one more than Morgan managed on Tuesday.

    - Morgan has now managed 22 maximums in the tournament. Australia skipper Aaron Finch (14) is the only other man to have reached double figures.

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    With just one win from their opening five matches, the Proteas know anything but a victory will all but end their hopes of reaching the semi-finals.

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    The pressure is on for South Africa. There is scant margin for error as far as their semi-final hopes are concerned. Defeats to England, Bangladesh and India in their opening three matches followed by the abandonment of their game against West Indies has left them with it all to do. There were at least positive signs in their win over Afghanistan.

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    South Africa wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock: "I think, obviously, it's a big game for us, but in saying that, our next three or four games that we have, they're all going to be big games anyway for us for the rest of the tournament. We're just going to have to go out there, keep our heads steady, and play freely."

    New Zealand bowler Trent Boult on the chance to potentially knock out South Africa: "It's not driving us in any respect. Every World Cup game, in my opinion, is a big stage, and it's a chance for us to go out there and perform and show we can bring the game and the style that we play back home in New Zealand very well to test it against quality players in foreign conditions on a big stage in front of all these fancy cameras. So we can't wait."

    OPTA FACTS

    - This will be the eighth World Cup meeting between New Zealand and South Africa, the Black Caps have won five of the previous seven, including each of the last four.

    - New Zealand have not won an ODI at Edgbaston since 1983, losing three times there with four no results. They do have three World Cup wins at the venue (two in 1983, one in 1975).

    - South Africa spinner Imran Tahir has bowled 222 balls at this World Cup and is yet to be hit for six or bowl a wide or no ball, no other bowler has bowled as many deliveries without being hit for a maximum.

    - New Zealand have won 11 of their last 12 completed World Cup matches, their only defeat in that run was the 2015 final to Australia at the MCG.

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