England likely to make ‘couple of changes’ going into the third T20I, says Moeen Ali


England are set to make “a few changes” to Friday night’s third T20I against Pakistan in Karachi as they look to lead their team through a hectic schedule of seven games in 13 days.

They made one forced change before Thursday’s ten-wicket defeat when Liam Dawson replaced Richard Gleeson, who left the field in the first T20I after experiencing “a minor inconvenience” but will likely shake their pack for the third game. in the series.

England fielded three left-arm seamen and three spinners in the second T20I and may try to change the balance of their attack, with Olly Stone and Tom Helm battling for debuts. David Willey struggled in this series, leaking 85 runs in 7.3 wicketless overs, while Luke Wood found his second international appearance considerably more difficult than his first.

“There will be some changes tomorrow with the boys coming back,” said England captain Moeen Ali. “We don’t know exactly who yet, but it’s about coming up with ideas and different ways to get wickets. That’s the crucial thing when you get a big score: if you take wickets, you’re usually going to win the game.

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

England’s changes will likely come in their bowling attack initially, with Moeen suggesting that Will Jacks – one of two fit batters on the sidelines in the first two games, along with his Oval Invincibles teammate Jordan Cox – should wait for his turn.

“If their chance comes, they’ll try,” Moeen said. “You don’t want to just give people games because they have a big reputation. They have to earn their place. Alex Hales is in, Phil Salt is opening, Jos Buttler has yet to come in. Someone like Will Jacks will wait.”

“He’s a brilliant player, everyone in England knows that, and I’m sure you’ll see him at some point on this tour. We’re going to change it up a bit over the next five games because we want to give players some playing time and there A lot of guys come back from injuries.”

Chris Woakes and Mark Wood are not expected to make an appearance for the Lahore portion of the tour, but they both bowled at a good pace during practice and pre-match warmups, with Reece Topley also competing in battle. could come if England try to relieve him of a single problem.