Wednesday 7th September Old Trafford Manchester 6.30pm The Pakistan tour of England concludes with a single T20 International at Manchester on Wednesday evening following Pakistan’s consolation victory in the final ODI on Sunday in Catrdiff where.
<p><strong>Wednesday 7<sup>th</sup> September, Old Trafford Manchester 6.30pm</strong></p><p>The Pakistan tour of England concludes with a single T20 International at Manchester on Wednesday evening, following Pakistan’s consolation victory in the final ODI on Sunday in Catrdiff where they chased 300 down to win comfortably.</p><p>England will be strong favourites for the T20 game, but in the shortest format of the game with a lot of variance in individual and team performance aren’t a particularly attractive betting proposition at 1-2 (Pakistan priced at 7-4)</p><p>England’s 14 man squad includes 12 of those from the ODI squad plus T20 fast bowling specialist Tymal Mills and big hitting wicketkeeper batsman Sam Billings. The restructuring of the team and move towards a younger base of players under coaches Bayliss and Farbrace has been very successful in the shorter forms of the game, as evidence by reaching the T20 World Cup final back in February, whilst Pakistan won only 1 of 4 games and exited in the group stages.</p><p>For England a top four of Roy, Hales, Root and Morgan is now settled and capable of setting up big scores. A middle order with any of Buttler, Bairstow and Stokes contains big hitters capable of finishing an innings. All rounders Woakes and Willey ensure the battling line up is deep and Wood, Plunkett and Rashid can all bat and most importantly are now experienced T20 bowlers. There aren’t many holes in the line up for a team that has developed quickly</p><p>Pakistan on the other hand, play far less T20 cricket and lack specialists in the shorter form. Their 12 man squad for this game contains 9 players from the ODI squad and has some accomplished performers, including wicketkeeper captain Sarfraz Ahmed who was the top scorer across either side in the five ODI games and Mohammed Amir and Wahab Riaz who can be excellent death bowlers.</p><p>Those stars aside, though, the team is inexperienced and lacks the depth that England have. This might be expected to be a closer game in drier sub-continent conditions but in an English September, England looks better equipped.</p><p>Looking at the sub-markets England Top batsman sees Roy and Hales installed as 3/1 joint favourites by Ladbrokes which on the one hand is reasonable enough for two potentially big scoring opening batsmen but on the other both are quite boom and bust. Roy only has 1 50 in his 15 T20is and averages 19. Hales averages 31 in 44 games which makes him more of an option but I prefer Joe Root to both, averaging 40 in 20 T20is and with 4 fifties to his name. With one of the top two always a candidate to fall early, Root’s role will be to copile an innings and bat through, with the big hitters playing around him. He is probably the lowest variance option in a high variance market.</p><p><strong>Recommendation </strong><a href="http://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4824&book=Ladbrokes">Joe Root, Top England batsman 7-2 Ladbrokes</a></p>