PAK vs ENG – 3rd T20I – Karachi

England are set to make “a few changes” in Friday night’s third T20I against Pakistan in Karachi as they try to manage their squad through a hectic schedule of seven matches in 13 days.

They made one forced change for Thursday’s ten-wicket defeat as Liam Dawson replaced Richard Gleeson, who left the field in the first T20I after experiencing “a bit of discomfort”, but is likely to shuffle their pack for the third game of series.

England fielded three left-armers and three spinners in the second T20I and may be looking to change the balance of their attack, with Olly Stone and Tom Helm in contention for their debuts. David Willey has struggled in this series, leaking 85 runs in 7.3 wicketless overs, while Luke Wood found his second international appearance significantly tougher than his first.

“There will be a few changes tomorrow with the guys coming back,” said Moeen Ali, the England captain. “We’re not sure exactly who yet, but it’s about ideas and different ways to get wickets. That’s the crucial thing when you get a big score: if you get wickets, most of the time, you’re going to win the game.

“I thought we played well. Dawson was fantastic today and bowled four really, really good overs. [But] I thought we could do a lot more. No one really bowled and we could have tried a few more things. But we can learn from it.”

England’s changes are likely to come in their first bowling attack, with Moeen suggesting that Will Jacks – one of two fit batters in the side in the first two games, along with Oval Invincibles team-mate Jordan Cox – he should have waited his turn.

“When their opportunity comes, they’ll get their way,” Moeen said. “You don’t want to just give people games because there’s a big reputation. They have to earn their place. Alex Hales has come in, Phil Salt is opening, Jos Buttler is still to come. Someone like Will Jacks will be waiting.

“He’s a brilliant player, everyone in England knows that, and I’m sure you’ll see him at some stage on this tour. We’ll change it up a bit in these next five games because we want to give players some game time and there’s a lot of lads who are returning from injuries”.

Chris Woakes and Mark Wood are not expected to feature before the Lahore leg of the tour but have both played at a good pace in training and the pre-match warm-up, while Reece Topley could also come into contention as England try to make it easy for him. from a nose of the ankle.

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