England will eye a clean sweep against Pakistan after their humiliation in the Test series © Getty Images
By CricketCountry Staff
Dubai: Feb 21, 2012
While England appear to be favourites in this series with a 3-0 lead, Pakistan will be aiming to restore lost pride by winning the fourth and final one-dayer at Dubai.
After an abysmal Test whitewash that the Englishmen have gone through, a clean sweep in the ODI series will be welcomed with open arms. Skipper Alastair Cook has set an example and led the team from the front, whereas the bowlers have also stepped up and delivered, especially Steven Finn, whose bowling figures seem to be getting better with time.
Kevin Pietersen, too, has found his lost form and looks stronger than before.
On the other hand, Pakistan have come across as a weak one-day side, with captain Misbah-ul-Haq and his team failing to deliver when required. Their ODI form has been in sharp contrast with their Test run, which dominated the entire Test series.
Pakistan now have their pride at stake and a win here will help their cause, thus giving a slight boost to their morale.
England: Alastair Cook (c), Kevin Pietersen, Jonatahn Trott, Eoin Morgan, Craig Kieswetter (wk), Jos Butler, Samit Patel, Tim Bresnan, Danny Briggs, Steven Finn, Jade Dernbach.
Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Misbah-ul-Haq (c), Umar Akmal (wk), Adnan Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Abdur Rehman, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan.
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