England's Jos Buttler sounds Cricket World Cup warning with Pakistan plunder

Former Pakistan cricket team captain Shahid Afridi

Former Pakistan cricket team captain Shahid Afridi

David Willey replaced possible World Cup choice Jofra Archer as England rotated resources and the Yorkshire paceman's tight death bowling helped see the hosts home, giving them a 1-0 lead in the five-match series after a no-result in the opener due to rain.

In reply to England's 373 for 3, Pakistan's opening pair of Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman gave their team a brisk start, scoring at over 6.5 runs an over, with Zaman the more adventurous of the two.

Buttler and wife Louise recently celebrated the birth of their first child Georgia Rose and England's premier one-day run-maker celebrated his stunning innings with a family tribute.

When asked if England could consider putting Buttler, who bats at five, higher up the order, Morgan said: "He always seems to time his run really well".

Former Pakistan Navy officer Fakhar Zaman blasted 138 in 106 balls only to be dismissed on review, Chris Woakes' out-swinger catching the toe of his bat for Buttler to hold behind. "I'd certainly be picking him".

Both Liam Plunkett and David Willey scalped two of the opposition apiece, and Chris Woakes, Adil Rasheed and Moeen Ali all took one wicket each at the Rose Bowl Cricket Ground, after Pakistan had won the toss and made a decision to bowl.

England skipper Eoin Morgan has admitted that it will be a tough job to select the final 15 for the upcoming World Cup beginning at the end of this month. They probably don't get the praise that they should or that other guys get.

"It's going to be a tough decision regardless of how they have performed".

This was the 35th time since their miserable first-round exit at the 2015 World Cup that England had posted a total in excess of 300 - a feat they had achieved only 34 times in total prior to that tournament - an encouraging sign just weeks away from this year's edition.

"We'll sit down and analyse that and try to work out a plan".

On Saturday, Buttler smashed six fours and nine sixes in the span of just 66 minutes, and helped England post big 373/3 in their 50 overs. "But the more responsibility we've given them, they've reacted really well", he added.

Bairstow eventually fell to a terrific catch on the boundary and when Roy fell in the 31st over England were in a strong position on 182 for two.

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