Chris Woakes' Cameo in the third T20 .

England thrash Pakistan 3-0 ahead of Cricket World Cup

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Whilst the struggles of the test side are well documented, England’s limited overs team are a breath of fresh air, with the T20 side looking surprisingly dominant.

Few gave England, who were ranked seventh in the world, much of a chance against second place T20 specialists Pakistan. However, with a squad of young and brave players, England managed to take the series 3-0 and now sit fourth in the world rankings, with a two game series against South Africa on the cards.

England’s success appears to lie in the fact they have allowed their youngsters the room to shine. Captain Eoin Morgan is the only senior player on the side, and he has been superbly backed up by test side regulars Joe Root, who averaged 26 with a strike rate of 136, and Jos Buttler, who averaged 17.5 with a strike rate of 140, as well as three catches from behind the stumps.


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The star of the series for England was new boy James Vince. One of the few players to take part in all three games, Vince averaged a staggering 41 with a strike rate of 119.

Considering this is one of the final chances English players will have to prove they belong in the World Cup he certainly impressed. The 24-year-old's sensible and busy batting style held England together, allowing players such as Chris Woakes and Sam Billings to play without fear and add runs to the solid openings by Vince, Jason Roy and Alex Hales.

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The bowling department has also been firing well for England, which is doubly important with the impending retirement of James Anderson from the test side. Chris Woakes and Chris Jordan, despite being occasionally expensive during the season, displayed superb death bowling control in the second and third games respectively, whilst Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali started to make up for poor test performances earlier in the tour.

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The only real concern for England right now is the form of Hales. After averaging 42 in the ODI series, he was announced as the opener for the test team in the upcoming South Africa test series, something that appears to have had a direct impact on his form.

Hales only scored 19 runs in the two matches he played, with a strike rate of 95. This could be a sign of fatigue and Hales was rested during the third T20 match.


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