This game was hardly a thriller, but it was a win. England can take positives from this match on to Edgbaston, as well as a much-needed dose of confidence.
It seems fair to say that the game was won in the field. In fact, if it were not for the 47 runs scored in Pakistanâ€™s last twelve balls, courtesy of some fantastic play from Abdul Razzaq, England would have wrapped up the game around about the 40th over of their reply. Pakistanâ€™s bowling performance showed signs of the problems that have been hounding the hosts all summer â€“ tiredness and inaccuracy. Whilst England batted well, Ian Bell in particular, only Asif and Hafeez really troubled in what was a comfortable run chase.
England bowled well for the majority of their 50 overs. Whilst Iâ€™m happy to give credit, especially to debutant Michael Yardy, I do hope Strauss starts to think his bowling changes at the death through a little more for Edgbaston. There seemed little sense in cutting Dalrymple off after 9 overs, or in taking off Broad after his over took a wicket for only a single. Nevertheless, for the moment, Iâ€™m going to celebrate a one-day game mostly memorable in its result â€“ Englandâ€™s first win in a series that wasnâ€™t already dead since last year – and in the fact Trescothick was dropped for the first time in his England career.