Andrew Strauss has faced his fair share of criticism in recent weeks surrounding his position in the one day international squad, but his innings of 126 in the second game has since kept the critics quiet.
The opener has urged England to keep improving and will be hopeful of leading England to a series victory with a win over Pakistan, 4/11, at the Oval.
Strauss was delighted with last week’s result and his century innings, but knows that the Pakistan team are improving with every game and that the England side must also improve if they are to complete a series whitewash, 11/10.
“We chased down the score pretty professionally,” he said, “but we’ve got to sharpen up in the field for the third game on Friday but hopefully we can win the series there.”
Kamran Akmal has seemed to have found his touch as Pakistan posted a score of 294 last week, the Pakistani opener is 7/2 to be the top Pakistan runscorer in the third ODI, and he can lead Pakistan to another big score.
Pakistan have struggled this summer and their off-field problems haven’t helped with the confidence in the squad.
But a better display last week coupled with less media attention surrounding the betting scandal could allow Pakistan to play a bit loser which will worry England with players like Shahid Afridi in the Pakistan side.
Graeme Swann has a brilliant record at the Oval, he took seven wickets against Pakistan in the Test match at the Oval, and is two wickets behing Stuart Broad in the race to be England’s leading series wicket taker.
Swann is 7/2 to take the accolade whilst Broad is 11/10 favourite.
Pakistan are 2/1 to win the third one day international. See the full England vs Pakistan betting market here.