England vs Pakistan: Jos Buttler set to lead England in 4th ODI

Jos Buttler is all set to lead England in the fourth ODI against Pakistan in place of regular captain Eoin Morgan on Friday. Morgan was banned from the 4th ODI at Nottingham for a slow over-rate offence.

Buttler, who smashed a blistering 110* in the second ODI will be back in the side on Friday after being rested from the third ODI at Bristol. Buttler has already captained England in white-ball cricket.

Morgan was sanctioned after World Cup hosts and favourites England took around four hours to bowl their 50 overs in a six-wicket win over Pakistan in the third ODI at Bristol on Tuesday.

He was also fined 40 percent of his match fee and his players 20 percent of theirs after match referee Richie Richardson ruled England were two overs short after time allowances were taken into consideration.

As Morgan had previously been found guilty of a minor over-rate offence during the Barbados ODI against the West Indies on February 22, this latest incident constituted his second minor over-rate offence within a 12-month period and so led to a one-game ban.

“The suspension means Morgan will miss the fourth ODI against Pakistan in Nottingham on Friday,” said an ICC statement issued on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, England may well rest regular opener Jonny Bairstow, who hit a sparkling century in the previous match to try out other options before the World Cup. James Vince could replace Bairstow in the 4th ODI.

There could be changes in the bowling department too with Jofra Archers and Mark Wood getting a look before World Cup.

England are 2-0 up against Pakistan, with games in Nottingham and Leeds to come, after rain forced the abandonment of last week’s opener at The Oval.

(With agency inputs)

First Published:
May 16, 2019 22:11 IST

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