England win toss, ask Pakistan to bat in first T20 match

England on Tuesday completed a 4-0 rout over the Pakistanis, and showed a big improvement from their 3-0 defeat in the preceding three-Test series © AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

 

Dubai: Feb 23, 2012

 

England captain Stuart Broad has won the toss in the first T20 international against Pakistan and has opted to bowl first at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

 

England on Tuesday completed a 4-0 rout over the Pakistanis, and showed a big improvement from their 3-0 defeat in the preceding three-Test series.

 

Misbah wants his side to regain the upper hand, but also wants to use the match as a stepping stone towards the World Twenty20 series later this year.

 

Pakistan will ring some changes, with experienced batsman Younis Khan and Azhar Ali returning home while dashing uncapped left-handed opener Awais Zia joins the Twenty20 squad.

 

England have retained Alastair Cook in the squad, originally not named in the Twenty20 squad, after he showed great form in scoring back-to-back hundreds in the first two one-day matches.

 

England paceman Stuart Broad meanwhile said his side would be using every opportunity possible to help prepare them for the defence of their World Twenty20 title.

 

Teams:

 

Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez, Awais Zia, Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal (WK), Misbah-ul-Haq (C), Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Hammad Azam, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan

 

England: Kevin Pietersen, Craig Kieswetter (WK), Ravi Bopara, Eoin Morgan, JonnyBairstow, Jos Buttler, Samit Patel, Stuart Broad (C), Graeme Swann, Jade Dernbach, Steve Finn