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England batting coach Graham Thorpe has admitted that the national team will be looking to score as many runs as possible in their World Cup clash against Pakistan on Monday.
England posted a score of 311/8 in their World Cup opener against South Africa, which they won by 104 runs.
As for Pakistan, they were bowled out for 105 after being put in to bat first in their opening game against the West Indies on Friday.
The West Indies subsequently proceeded to win the match by seven wickets with 218 balls to spare.
Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam were the top scorers as they both made 22 runs, while Wahab Riaz chipped in with a quickfire 18 at the end.
Mohammad Hafeez was the only other batsman to reach double figures as he made 16.
With England having beaten Pakistan 4-0 in a five-match ODI series just before the World Cup, Thorpe pointed out that his side will be looking to make it two wins from two in the tournament.
In the ODI series, England scored 373/3 in the second ODI, 359/4 in the third match, 341/7 in the fourth game and 351/9 in the fifth ODI.
Given the mammoth totals England posted, Thorpe admitted that they will be looking to do the same or go even bigger against Pakistan in Nottingham on Monday.
“We didn’t quite unlock the door in terms of our batting at The Oval,” Thorpe was quoted as saying by Dawn. “It’s the same thing coming here against Pakistan: If we get into a good position, we’ll try to score as many as we can.
“But at the same time if it doesn’t happen, you’ve got to put a competitive score on the board to put the opposition under pressure.”
However, Thorpe made it clear that England won’t be underestimating Pakistan going into the match.
He also admitted that England may opt for an extra seamer in Mark Wood.
“They (West Indies) looked like they roughed Pakistan up as well,” he said. “It was interesting viewing.
“I think it will be discussed, to be honest. The games that we played against Pakistan are irrelevant in that series which has gone.
“We know them but we also know how close those games were, so whether it makes them more dangerous or not I think they’re a dangerous side anyway.”