Alastair Cook's England team were given a similar beating to the one they faced the last time they met Pakistan in a test series in the UAE when Andrew Strauss led the side on their last test tour of the area in 2012.
Pakistan are unflappable in the UAE; the combination of the unnatural conditions for the England squad coupled by their own devilish spin attack gives them a huge advantage, and makes it difficult for any opposition on those pitches.
However, England can take a lot of positives from the 2-0 defeat, as they battled well and twice got themselves in a good position to win, and can bounce back in the shorter formats with the young blood in their arsenal.
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The English team is led by Eoin Morgan who is still learning the art of captaincy. He has some quality and enthusiastic men by his side in the very young England one-day team, who can certainly challenge Pakistan.
In the ICC rankings, England are sixth in the world, higher than eighth-placed Pakistan. The three lions are underdogs, but certainly not without a good chance of winning the series.
A shocking performance in the 2015 World Cup forced England into serious changes, bringing in powerful, dynamic young players, and bouncing back against New Zealand in the following months showed the character in the side.
Young players must continue development
Batsmen like Alex Hales, Jason Roy and Sam Billings can make good use of UAE tracks in the One Day format. Although most English players are work in progress, Joe Root will be the lynchpin of England’s batting lineup. Moeen Ali will also play a key role as the experienced all-rounder in the squad.
The bowling department lacks experience but carries a lot of promise. Mark Wood and Chris Woakes are the future and are likely to lead the attack with all-rounder David Willey providing a real threat with his left-arm pace bowling.
It is a tough test especially when you are playing for the first time in UAE. The quicker the young Englishmen adapt the better. They must mould themselves according to the situation. The heat is high in the deserts and Pakistan know how to expose the resistance. It will be an early assessment of how bright the future generation of English cricket really is.
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