England have produced some stunning batting efforts in the recent past, as part of their one-day revival in the post-2015 World Cup debacle period. And, their performance at Trent Bridge on Tuesday was astonishing to say the least.
Despite having been held to a 2-2 draw in the Tests, England went into the ODI series against Pakistan as favourites, owing to the strength of their side as well as their current form. And, if the first ODI was any indication, Pakistan would have a tough time competing with the hosts in the series
The third day of the Birmingham Test began with Pakistan in firm control thanks to Azhar Ali’s fine century. Having kept the hosts down to under 300, Pakistan began the day with a deficit of only 40 with a good seven wickets in hand.
What a difference a matter of a few days, and a change in venue can make. At Lord's, Pakistan came up with a well-oiled effort, at a venue where they had a point to prove considering the bad past history.
In spite of the fact that two of their key players, James Anderson and Ben Stokes, were ruled out of the opening Test at Lord's, against Pakistan, due to injury, England still went into the match having the upper hand.