Moeen Ali believes England would make “a couple of changes” in the third T20I against Pakistan on Friday night in Karachi, as they try to manage their team through a rigorous schedule of seven games in 13 days.
Richard Gleeson, who left the field in the first T20I after feeling “some mild pain,” was replaced by Liam Dawson as a result of a forced change for Thursday’s ten-wicket loss, but they will likely shift their lineup for the third game of the series.
With Olly Stone and Tom Helm potentially making their debuts, England may try to tweak the balance of their attack after fielding three left-arm seamers and three spinners in the second T20I. Luke Wood found his second international outing to be substantially more difficult than his first, while David Willey struggled in this series, giving up 85 runs in 7.3 wicketless overs.
“There will be a couple of changes tomorrow, with guys coming back, We’re not sure exactly who yet, but it’s about coming up with ideas and different ways to get wickets. That’s the crucial thing when you get a big score: if you’re taking wickets, most of the time, you’re going to win the game,” Moeen Ali, the England captain, said.
When their chance comes they’ll get a go: Moeen Ali
The first place England will likely make changes is in their bowling attack, as per Moeen Ali, who suggested that Will Jacks, one of two it batsmen who missed the first two games along with Jordan Cox from the Oval Invincibles, will have to wait for his turn.
“When their chance comes they’ll get a go, You don’t want to just give people games because there’s a big reputation. They have to earn their spot. Alex Hales has come in, Phil Salt is opening, and Jos Buttler still has to come in. Someone like Will Jacks will wait,” Moeen Ali said.
Reece Topley may also be in the running as England looks to ease him back from an ankle strain. Chris Woakes and Mark Wood are not anticipated to play before the Lahore leg of the tour but have both bowled with a decent pace in practice and pre-match warm-ups.