England vs Pakistan 1st ODI 2021
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Just two days before the first ODI against Pakistan, seven members of the England squad tested COVID positive. Three of them were players from the squad after which the rest of the squad was asked to move into isolation. The ECB announced a revised 18-member squad nine of whom are uncapped players for the white-ball leg against Pakistan.

Ben Stokes will lead the side and ECB’s Managing Director,  Ashley Giles has placed a lot of faith in him. He said that Stokes will fulfill the role perfectly driving experience from the time he led the team before. Meanwhile, Alex Hales was one of the big omissions in this new squad of players. His experience of playing many Pakistan bowlers in the PSL would have come in handy.

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Ben Stokes To Lead, 9 Uncapped Players Receive Call-Up As England Announce ODI Squad For Pakistan Series

“Ben hasn’t captained our ODI side before so it’s a huge honour for him. We all wish him well and it’s a role I’m sure he’ll thrive in. I’d like to also put on record the thanks of the ECB to the PCB for their support and understanding during this time,” Giles said.

In this article, we take a look at England’s predicted XI for the first ODI against Pakistan.

England vs Pakistan 2021, 1st ODI: England’s Predicted XI

James Vince

James Vince
James Vince. Image Credits: Twitter

Vince made his debut for England back in 2015 and is one of the most experienced batsmen in this makeshift squad for the series. He has played 16 ODIs for his national team with one fifty-plus score to his name.

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Anshuman Roy

A Cricket And Sports Enthusiast Having Previously Worked With Cricwizz, Circle of Cricket, Times Now, The Quint, Cricfit and Now With Cricket Addictor.