Pakistan vs England LIVE: T20 cricket scores and updates as England bat first in Karachi

Buttler says England will lift spirits on Pakistan’s flood-hit tour

England won the opening match of this seven-match T20 series on Tuesday after defeating Pakistan by six wickets with four balls to spare. Moeen Ali – captaining the tourists in place of the injured Jos Buttler – won the toss and elected to bowl first. Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam put on 85 for the first wicket but Adil Rashid (2-27) and Luke Wood (3-24) restricted the hosts to 158-7.

In reply, England never looked in control despite losing wickets just when they were making progress. Alex Hales – recalled for the first time in three years – scored 53 from 40 balls, but it was Harry Brook (42*) who provided the impetus at the back of the entire run chase that got England over the line.

Tuesday’s pitch was a slow track that offered little to seamers, especially those without a fast pace. Wood, England’s fastest bowler, got his rewards but David Willey and Sam Curran, who rely more on swing, struggled. In that case it wouldn’t be surprising if England changed the squad and brought in Reece Topley for extra bounce, Olly Stone for extra pace or even Liam Dawson as a third spin option. Then again, why change the winning side?

Follow all the action from the second T20 between Pakistan and England from Karachi:


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England go with three spinners

England skipper Moeen Ali explained the decision to replace Richard Gleeson with spinner Liam Dawson for today’s game, saying:

“The wicket is not as fresh looking as the other one. We also have three spinners so batting first suits us. In the first game we were good with the bat and his ball. But you are always looking for improvement and you get better as the series goes on.

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England’s line-up for tonight is as follows:


England win the toss and bat first

In Karachi, Moeen Ali won the toss again and this time opts to bat first. England made one change to the team that won on Tuesday, with spinner Liam Dawson replacing seamer Richard Gleeson.


Lord’s and The Oval will host the next two World Test Championship finals

London will host the next two World Test Cup finals at The Oval next year, while Lord’s has been unveiled as the venue for the 2025 edition.

The International Cricket Council’s announcement means England will take part in the first of three finals, with the Ageas Bowl being New Zealand’s victory over India in last year’s inaugural exhibition.

Hampshire were given Lord’s, the original choice, ahead of Southampton’s ground because of its proven ability to manage a fully bio-secure environment amid the Covid-19 situation at the time.


England Women will play the Ashes Test against Australia at Trent Bridge

England captain Heather Knight has hailed the shattering of one of cricket’s glass ceilings following the news that her team will play a five-day Ashes Test at Trent Bridge next summer.

The England and Wales Cricket Board and the Australian Cricket Board have agreed to break a long-standing agreement that has limited women’s Tests to Thursday matches when they meet again in 2023.

There have only been six women’s Tests worldwide in the last five years, all ending in draws after time expired, but now the marquee event of the multi-format series will have three extra sessions to reach a more suitable result. More importantly, it brings parity with the men’s Ashes programme, which was jointly announced on Wednesday morning.

The women’s Test starts on June 22, two days after the men’s Edgbaston opener against Australia, and is the first in England.


England suffer an ODI series loss to India after a superb Harmanpreet Kaur century

Harmanpreet Kaur scored a stunning century as England women’s cricket overcame a crushing One Day International series defeat against India in Canterbury.

Having lost the opener by seven wickets, the hosts needed a draw on Wednesday to make their long-awaited return to Lord’s this weekend – England Women’s first outing at the Home of Cricket since their triumphant 2017 World Cup final. series decider.

However, Saturday’s third Royal London ODI – which will be head coach Lisa Keightley’s last in charge – is still a fluke after India’s second triumph in four days.


Cricket fans queued for 30,000 tickets ahead of India’s T20 warm-up match.

Twenty people were injured in a stampede as thousands thronged ticket counters for the India-Australia Twenty20 cricket match in southern India, police said on Thursday.

The strike by cricket enthusiasts came as ticket sales began at three counters at the Gymkhana ground in Hyderabad, the Telangana state capital.

Nearly 30,000 people waited in long lines for just 3,000 tickets to Sunday’s game, and police tried to control the crowd with batons.

Seven of the 20 injured were hospitalized in serious condition, said the police officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters.

India will host Australia in a three-match T20 series in preparation for the T20 World Cup in Australia next month.


Andrew Strauss calls for cuts to county cricket schedule in ECB review

Sir Andrew Strauss has urged county chiefs to vote on proposed reforms to the domestic structure that would reduce the amount of cricket played, stressing: “The status quo is not an option”.

The former Test captain has spent the past six months overseeing a high-level review by the England and Wales Cricket Board, launched after last winter’s Ashes thrashing, and has made 17 recommendations.

Of these, 15 fall under the remit of the ECB and already have the necessary support, but the two main proposals, which involve a wholesale overhaul of the county calendar, need the support of at least 12 of the 18 first-class counties.

Strauss’ panel supports reducing the 14 championship matches per team to 10, with the top six teams sitting above the two second-tier conferences playing off one year of promotion.


Atherton talks about high performance insight

Former England captain and current Sky Sports pundit Michael Atherton gave his thoughts on today’s high performance review and what it could mean for England cricket while stopping by the Sky Sports studios earlier today.

Here he gives his initial thoughts: