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Mickey Arthur on who he can, can’t take in future ODIs

LONDON: Pakistan headcoach Mickey Arthur has stated that he and the team management would decide at the end of the tour who and who not among the current bunch of players will play for the team in the future.

Arthur made it clear to its current side that all the players are notice, only the men with performance will cement its place in the team.

Arthur was frustrated with the team’s performance in the ODI series so far and called it an eye-opener for him.

Pakistan also lost the fourth ODI by four wickets at Headingley on Thursday to go 0-4 down in a five-match one-day international series.

Pakistan had a fair chance to win the match when England were four down on 74, but power hitting by all-rounder Ben Stokes (69) and Bairtstow (61) took the game away from Green Shirt.

Earlier, England had restricted Pakistan to a modest 247 for eight, with only skipper Azhar Ali (80) and Imad Wasim (57 not out) getting beyond 24 for the tourists in this day/night fixture, it was always going to take a remarkable display in the field to prevent a home win.

Mohammad Irfan created a bit of chance for Pakistan by taking England’s two early wickets but, much to Arthur’s annoyance, the giant paceman could only bowl five overs of his 10-over quota due to a calf strain.

“It is what it is,” Arthur, the new Pakistan headcoach was quoted by Dawn.com.  “I hate the phrase, but we are number nine in the world and we can see why.” Pakistan have a tough schedule as they try to improve their ranking, with the ICC system also factoring into account the quality of a team’s opposition.

“When I saw the fixture list, the games aren’t easy,” said Arthur, whose side have at least qualified for next year’s Champions Trophy, ‘the mini World Cup’, in England.

“England are a phenomenal cricket team, power-hitters all the way down,” said Arthur.

“We haven’t been able to get quick starts and clear the ropes. We just don’t have the players to do that within our group of 15 at the moment.

“I look at the strikers England have at their disposal – it’s unbelievable.”