England are not quite ready yet

David Hopps reports that with Michael Vaughan having surgery on his knee, England’s preparation for the ODI series against Pakistan are in a bit of disarray.

The Ashes series win against Australia was plotted and schemed for at least a year, perhaps longer; by contrast any modifications of approach for the five one-day matches against Pakistan will probably be scribbled down on the back of the circular pushed under all hotel doors yesterday promising “fabulous menus in the steak house from our executive chef Anjum”. Mushroom soup a speciality.

The uncertainty over Vaughan, the loss through injury of Ashley Giles, the time off for Strauss, who is expected back in Pakistan today after the birth of his son Samuel, have all added uncertainty to a one-day squad that, in any case, is showing few signs of settling.

I’ll have the soup.

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