Pakistan - England: ODI Series preview
Joe Root returns to the one-day fold for England (image via: twitter)

After falling short when it mattered most in the Test series defeat to Pakistan, England are looking to bounce back with the white ball.  

The two sides meet in four one-day internationals starting on Wednesday, with Trevor Bayliss' side showing a number of changes from those who suffered a 2-0 Test series defeat. 

Eoin Morgan continues as one-day captain for England, for a side who came on leaps and bounds over the summer after an abysmal showing at the World Cup early this year. 

Pakistan set aims on World Cup qualification during England series

The top eight ranked nations on 30 September 2017 will automatically qualify for the 2019 Cricket World Cup according to the ICC ODI Team Rankings

Pakistan currently sit eighth and are in need of a series victory over England to keep them out of the reaches of the West Indies who are currently ranked ninth. 

Three years ago in the last series between the sides in the UAE, Pakistan faltered to a 4-0 home defeat which they will be looking to avenge. 

Pakistan's head coach Waqar Younis said: “We know the importance of this series and have to do well to build the side for the future." 

Azhar Ali will captain the squad, which includes giant left-armer Mohammad Irfan and leg-spinner Yasir Shah who impressed during the Test series. 

Just four of the XI who played in the 2015 World Cup quarter-final defeat to Australia remain in the squad for the upcoming series.

Misbah-ul-Haq and Shahid Afridi have retired from ODI cricket, whilst Saeed Ajmal misses out having to struggled to rebound since changing his bowling action following a ban for his previous illegal action. 

Younis Khan, Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik provide experience in the batting line-up, whilst Wahab Riaz will lead a young seam attack. 

Tourists look to kick-on from promising summer

One-day cricket took a major turn for England following a rotten World Cup which saw them knocked out in the group stages. 

A fantastic series victory over New Zealand was followed by a 3-2 defeat against World Cup winners Australia on home soil as England finally began to play attacking cricket. 

A youthful side is led by Eoin Morgan who is amongst the best one-day players in the world, and is joined by Joe Root who was rested throughout the Australian series. 

Steven Finn and Mark Wood have withdrawn from the squad through injury, whilst it was announced before the tour began that Ben Stokes would play no part in the one-day section of the tour. 

In the absence of Finn and Wood, it will be up to David Willey to lead the attack, and he started the tour well with 4-43 against Hong Kong in Monday's warm-up game. 

Willey said "It is my first England tour so it is great to be here and experience England on tour. I am just looking forward to getting involved now.”

Squads

Pakistan: Azhar Ali (captain), Aamer Yamin, Ahmed Shehzad, Anwar Ali, Babar Azam, Bilal Asif, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Rizwan, Rahat Ali, Sarfraz Ahmed, Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz, Yasir Shah, Younis Khan, Zafar Gohar. 

England: Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, James Taylor, Reece Topley, David Willey, Chris Woakes. 

Fixtures

1st ODI: Wednesday 11 November @ Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

2nd ODI: Friday 13 November @ Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

3rd ODI: Tuesday 17 November @ Sharjah Cricket Stadium

4th ODI: Friday 20 November @ Dubai International Cricket Stadium

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