England have won the ODI series against Pakistan after claiming a 52-run victory in front of a packed house at Lord’s.

The Home of Cricket was given permission to have 100% capacity for the game, making it a landmark occasion for English cricket on the back of the last 18 months, and the players certainly didn’t disappoint.

Phil Salt and Lewis Gregory were key with the bat as England set a hard-fought 247, while the Somerset man starred with the ball as well – finishing with 3-44.

Stand-in captain Ben Stokes was able to name the same side that won so convincingly in Cardiff earlier this week, with those 11 hoping to show once again how impressive our depth of talent in white-ball cricket is after the unusual circumstances that saw the original 16-strong squad all ruled out.

With Pakistan winning the toss and opting to bowl first, today it was Phil Salt’s turn to announce himself on the international stage.

The heroes of Sophia Gardens, Dawid Malan and Zak Crawley, fell cheaply and Babar Azam’s side looked to be set to take control but Salt’s positivity changed the atmosphere completely.

He showed what a remarkable batsman he is in limited-overs cricket as he and James Vince launched an assault on the Pakistan bowling attack.

From the moment Salt, who finished with 60 from 54 balls, marched down the pitch to drive Hasan Ali back past him, you knew we were in for some fun.

His partner was looking characteristically fine touch as well and brought up his half-century with a flash through backward point.

But five wickets for 42 runs in a 10-over spell meant Pakistan regained control, with Hasan Ali looking particularly impressive.

He would get his name on the honours board with 5-51 but not before Gregory and Brydon Carse came together for a vital partnership.

The lower-order pair put on 69 and ensured that the momentum swung back England’s way, playing some majestic shots in the process.

That helped Stokesy’s side to reach 247 – not our biggest total recently but certainly something for the bowlers to work with.

They did exactly that, with Gregory removing Imam-ul-Haq with his first ball before Saqib Mahmood struck twice in quick succession to remove dangerous duo Babar and Mohammad Rizwan.

Fakhar Zaman loves to dominate opposition bowlers and attack so that he struggled to get going is testament to the quality of England’s bowlers.

Craig Overton rearranged his furniture to leave Pakistan 53/4 and then had Sohaib Maqsood caught by John Simpson not long after.

It was a brilliant display of glovework for the Middlesex keeper, who went on to produce a moment of genius by reading Faheem Ashraf and ensuring he was in the right place to gobble up his paddle sweep off Matt Parkinson’s bowling.

That left Pakistan 118/7 and staring down the barrel of a series defeat but they weren’t done just yet.

Saud Shakeel and Hasan Ali had other ideas, with the fast bowler striking some huge sixes, and their resolve began to unsettle the England fans.

Carse came to the rescue this time, however, forcing Hasan Ali to sky one to fine leg before Parkinson did for Shakeel.

Fittingly, it was Gregory that wrapped up victory and a series win for Stokesy’s side – with Simpson smartly taking the catch behind the stumps.

The full-capacity Lord’s crowd were treated to an exhibition of just how much white-ball talent there is in this country.

You better believe the Barmy Army will be ready to roar on this unique England squad at Edgbaston next week.

We’re returning to our spiritual home on Tuesday, let’s just hope Gareth Southgate and his side can bring football home tomorrow!

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