England v Pakistan T20 tips: Buttler and Wood the ones to back with bat and ball for hosts
Jamie Clark, Sports Editor | September 5, 2016
England v Pakistan
- Twenty20 International
- Wednesday, September 7th
- Play starts: 18:30 BST
- Old Trafford, Manchester (Lancashire CCC)
- Live on Sky Sports 1
Four England v Pakistan T20 tips to take
The cricketing summer is about to end as Pakistan’s virtually fruitless Tour of England takes in Old Trafford for the only Twenty20 International between the two.
Punters can expect both sides to make changes for this shortest form of the game, with Pakistan salving some wounded pride last time out by preventing a One Day series whitewash at the hands of their hosts.
Bearing all this mind, Coral cricket experts have picked out their four top England v Pakistan T20 tips for you to ponder…
Jos Buttler to be best England batsman
Wicketkeeper-batsman Buttler has top scored in four of the nine Twenty20 Internationals he’s turned out in this year.
Couple that stat with the fact he’s set to play in front of an adoring home county crowd at Lancashire’s ground here, and you’ve got a recipe for success.
With behind the stumps alternative Jonny Bairstow rested, the gloves should pass to Buttler, whose best England batsman odds of a nifty 9/2 can be exploited here.
Mark Wood to be best England bowler
Durham paceman Wood was best with the ball in the last ODI against Pakistan. He also performed admirably when making his Twenty20 International debut at Old Trafford against New Zealand last year, taking eye-catching figures of 3-26.
Although changes are inevitable, head coach Trevor Bayliss should definitely resist taking Wood out of the England attack as he has proved a thorn in Pakistan’s side in shorter forms of cricket.
Taking that into account, getting on a fabulous 4/1 price for Wood to be best England bowler again is definitely worth a wager.
Sohail Tanvir to be best Pakistan bowler
Alterations among the tourists are also expected, and one bowler that certainly got joy against England when they toured the United Arab Emirates (where Pakistan play their home games) last autumn was left-arm all-rounder Tanvir.
Recalled by his country just for this T20 international, Tanvir took five wickets across three cricket contests like this last year, including 2-31 and 2-36.
England is an awfully long way to come to not play, so Tanvir is worth a punt to be top Pakistan bowler at 7/2 as he’s a fresh threat the hosts haven’t had to think about during the summer.
England to be King of the Crease
And the last of the England v Pakistan T20 tips is to pile on the hosts to be King of the Crease. This means they win the match, put on the highest opening partnership and have the biggest score after 6 overs.
Superb 6/4 odds say the hosts can fulfil all those criteria and, irrespective of how the toss goes, whether setting the standard or making a run chase, Bayliss has elite players to make the most of the powerplay.
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