Live discussion: England v Pakistan, 1st ODI, Cardiff

So then, the first one-day between England and Pakistan gets underway today. England began the second half of their one-day season in dispiriting style at Bristol on Tuesday, in a Twenty20. Pakistan ruthlessly brushed them aside. If the 5-0 drubbing Sri Lanka inflicted on them was painful, the next 10 days could be worse. Pakistan are an outstanding one-day side – and they know it.

What to do? Well we get the opportunity to watch Stuart Broad bowl ten overs, and that will be fascinating to see how he copes. Cue the “broad shoulders” pun come Thursday morning whether he does or not…

I’ll be on ball-by-ball for Cricinfo, so keep an eye on the scorecard, the bulletin and so forth…and leave your comments here as the game progresses.

Live Cricinfo scorecard

Who should replace Harmison (if anyone)?

I can’t help but feel relieved Steve Harmison is missing for the one-day series which begins tomorrow, at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff against Pakistan. He was about as worthless as is possible in the 5-0 blush-fest against Sri Lanka earlier in the summer. So who should replace him…if anyone?

Wales v Rest Of The World

There is a Wales v Rest Of The World match tonight, a Thirty30 game to honour Matthew Maynard’s efforts for Welsh cricket, and Glamorgan. Maynard is now assistant coach to Duncan Fletcher, and is widely tipped to replace him when Fletcher hangs up his tracksuit. Some handy names on show tonight:

Rest of the World XI: Jimmy Adams, Ian Butler, Vasbert Drakes, Damien Fleming, Darren Ganga, Chris Harris, Rashid Latif, Saqlain Mushtaq, Mark Richards, Sir Viv Richards, Richie Richardson.

Wales: Dan Cherry, Dean Cosker, Tony Cottey, Andrew Davies, Adam Harrison, David Harrison, David Hemp, Matt Maynard, Tom Maynard, Mike Powell, Mark Wallace, Lloyd Smith.