Flower wants Pakistan scalp

England chief believes side has know-how to beat defending champs

Last updated: 6th May 2010  

Flower wants Pakistan scalp

Flower: Pakistan a threat

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Andy Flower has admitted that England would claim a decent scalp by beating Pakistan in the opening match of the ICC World Twenty20 Super Eights.

The Asian nation lifted the trophy in England last June and retain a side full of explosive talent despite a difficult 12 months that has seen a change of captains as well as off-the-field problems.

The teams drew a two-match series in the UAE earlier this year but with the big-hitting Shahid Afridi now back in charge, Flower knows Pakistan are a force to be reckoned with.

"Pakistan are a very dangerous side, with a history of winning a good percentage of their Twenty20 games," he said. "But I think we're pretty dangerous as well.

"It would be a scalp. They have lots of talent, and a lot of variety in their attack.

"But our guys have shown attacking intent, quite a lot of power and the nous to time the innings properly.

"I thought the guys showed a lot of understanding of the ebbs and flows of the game [against West Indies in Monday's Group D defeat in Guyana]."

Balance

Flower continues to believe the inclusion of Michael Yardy could be the key to a successful campaign in the Caribbean.

"I think bringing in the left-arm spinning all-rounder helps balance our side - and we've got a good variety of type of player," he said.

"That does ask a lot of questions of the opposition attacks. We're very excited about the potential - but we'll see how we go."

Flower is hoping his side will be able to hit their straps in Barbados after a difficult start to the campaign that saw both their opening matches wrecked by rain.

He also also backed-up Paul Collingwood's stance that the Duckworth-Lewis method needs to be re-assessed for Twenty20.

"It's been a funny couple of days, so disjointed," said Flower. "We were nine balls from another Duckworth-Lewis result, so it's nice to get through.

"I don't think the Duckworth-Lewis, as it stands at the moment, is fair in 20-over cricket. We've seen a few instances of that.

"I wouldn't know how to rejig it, but I think it should be done.

"I think all stakeholders could see that it didn't quite work in the last (Twenty20) World Cup, and here we are at another one with the same system."