BigMozzyDog Posted September 25, 2015 Share Posted September 25, 2015 3pts England to win the series at 3/1 with Betway As ever Pakistan have a strong stable of fast bowlers led by the rapid Wahab Riaz, but in the spin bowling department they have been weakened by Hafeez’s 12 month international bowling ban. They have recently turned to 36 year-old Zulfiqar Babar who, although possessing one of the greatest names in international cricket, is only a decent spinner. Babar’s left arm orthadox has pouched 42 wickets in 18 innings, but England won’t fear him as they did the Saeed Ajmal of a few years ago.Ajmal is no longer the force he was, with his remodelled action denying him many of the mystery balls that saw him become the world’s best spinner post-Murali. He is unlikely to even make the squad for this series after a pretty dismal year with Worcestershire.Although Pakistan are the home side and will have more familiar conditions, I can’t see England losing. They have more depth, greater quality and will field much better than the home team. 2pts Mark Wood to be top England Bowler at 16/1 with LadbrokesThere is still some potency in the England seam attack, with James Anderson and Stuart Broad returning to lead the attack once more. Anderson in particular has the skill levels to help him get the most out of the benign, yet abrasive surfaces in the UAE. He can reverse swing the ball and will bowl the nagging length that will test the patience of the Pakistan batsmen.In fact, Jimmy’s last seven matches against Pakistan have born a serious record. He has taken 32 wickets at less than 18 each, including a series in the UAE in 2012. Widely available at 11/4, England’s Rolls Royce seamer is good value.However, there is some pretty special value available elsewhere in the England attack.Mark Wood, the Durham pacer with the big personality, is scheduled to return. And providing he ousts Steven Finn in the starting XI, he could prove to be a huge price as England’s top wicket taker in the series.He of the ridiculously small run-up is able to sling it down at 90+mph and can reverse swing it later in the innings. This could be the series when he comes of age. You can read a full top bowler preview here: https://www.punterslounge.com/pakistan-vs-england-top-bowler-market-update 2pts Ian Bell to be top England Batsman at 11/2 with Stan JamesBatting wise England will look to their best all-round players to lead the way. Ian Bell and Joe Root have the technical attributes to go well in the UAE. Having retired from international limited overs cricket, Bell will be free to concentrate on prolonging his test career. His neat footwork and ability to get to the pitch of the ball will be a massive asset here. The Warwickshire man even managed centuries in three consecutive games in the ‘06 home series against Pakistan. Root on the other hand is just a phenomenal player regardless of what he’s facing. Although his career is a fledgling one, it seems that there is very little he can’t do. Both make appeal, but we’re on the side of experience.You can read a full batting preview here: https://www.punterslounge.com/england-vs-pakistan-long-odds-picks-for-top-series-batsmen Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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