England vs Pakistan - 4th One-Day International Preview & Prediction

Imad maintains that the tourists' morale is still intact despite their recent losses to England. — AFP  File

Imad maintains that the tourists' morale is still intact despite their recent losses to England. — AFP File

And we are not just talking about the return of Jofra Archer to England's one-day side today after being rested for the past two matches in the series against Pakistan.

Competition for a place in the World Cup squad is keenest among the fast bowlers.

"That is a realistic target for our one-day team", Mark Wood told BBC Sport. "We truly believe that we can chase down high scores, no matter what the opposition get".

Nabi and Rashid have missed the ODI matches due to duty in the Indian Primer League for Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Wood, meanwhile, will be bowling in a match for the first time since the 50-over series in the Caribbean in March - but with memories still fresh of his lightning performance in the third Test in St Lucia, where he was measured at nearly 95mph. It was Pakistan who were on the receiving end in August 2016 when England plundered 444 for 3, before blasting 481 for 6 against their arch-rivals Australia in June 2018.

They continue today in a day/night game at one of their favourite grounds, Trent Bridge, where they have a history of big scores and big wins - although captain Morgan is himself suspended for a poor over rate in the last win at Bristol. James Vince could replace Bairstow in the 4th ODI.

"Of course, we will have officers in and around Trent Bridge to support the organisers in providing a safe and secure event, so please do say hello to my officers and if you need any questions answering please do feel free to stop our officers and they will be happy to help. I've got to look after my own position".

The thrashing by English batsmen in a T20 worldwide and two ODIs has alarmed the selectors, who were initially not keen on picking Amir for the showpiece owing to lack of form.

The World Cup kicks off in England and Wales from May 30.

"Jofra is world class and I would fully expect him to be in World Cup squad". That leaves four or five of us trying to fight it out for the other places.

"Everyone has done well -it's hard to say what will happen. It means that tomorrow I will have step up and put in a good performance".