It is expected that England’s limited-overs captain Jos Buttler will undergo further rest as he recovers from the calf strain that has prevented him from playing in all four T20Is so far.
According to Matthew Mott, England’s white-ball coach, the team was not willing “to take a risk” with Buttler, but he suggested he may play the last two T20Is.
Mott said, “He’s eager to play, but we’ll see how we go, and maybe in the last couple of games we’ll give him a chance.”
Both teams have alternated between wins and losses so far in this series. In England’s fourth T20I, Liam Dawson almost pulled it off in a chase of 167. As a result of his 34 off 17 assists for England, it was able to recover from 130/7 to reach 162 before Haris Rauf turned the tide in favor of Pakistan.
A good partnership helped us get back into the game after taking wickets in the powerplay, Mott said. In T20 cricket, it just shows you can’t get it done. Liam’s knock won everyone over. We didn’t even think we would be in that position.”