England may have found a new allrounder in Lewis Gregory

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In strange circumstances, an entirely new England squad stepped up to the mark to win all three one-day internationals against Pakistan. Here, Scyld Berry looks at which of England’s fringe players impressed. 

Dawid Malan 6

Should not have “walked” at Edgbaston as he has not made a case for the next 50-over World Cup. Too much young white-ball talent emerging.

Phil Salt 8

More like Jason Roy than Roy himself, blazing away at almost every ball. Quicker in the field and running between wickets too, but Roy “goes on.”

Zak Crawley 6

Still the same tendency, as in Tests, to mix the most imperious strokes with alarming gaps in his defence. Improving fielder.

James Vince 8

Not only majestic strokeplay but substance in his first century for England at the 50th attempt. Too late to kick on? Must be one format for him.

James Vince notched up his maiden ODI hundred

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Ben Stokes 7

Promising captaincy, if little personally. Aggressive in selection (Matt Parkinson instead of Danny Briggs) and field-placing eg four slips for Saqib.

Lewis Gregory 9

Great to see such a self-effacing allrounder come good for England at last, as a new-ball bowler and wristy hitter. Briefly Stokes-like.

John Simpson 8

Excellent keeping, capped by catching a lefthander’s sweep at Lord’s, if marred by  a missed inside edge at Edgbaston, but few runs.

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Craig Overton 7

Long spells with a new and red ball are his forte, but he was steady enough in support, and clubbed nicely in his final innings.

Brydon Carse 8

Good temperament and slower ball under fire at the death at Edgbaston, and promisingly Plunkettian when back of a length.

Saqib Mahmood 9

Moved the new ball both ways, took wickets in mid-innings as well as the death. More variety, and more penetrative stock ball, than Tom Curran.

Matt Parkinson 8

Advanced his case to be Adil Rashid’s successor with a steady length and the ball of the series to bowl Imam ul-Haq.