Woakes targets series win in Dubai


England will look to complete a morale-boosting series win in Dubai on Friday by recording a third straight one-day international victory over Pakistan.

Having fallen behind in the series in the opening match, Eoin Morgan's team have rallied superbly to win back-to-back matches, moving into a 2-1 lead as a result.

With only one game left before the Twenty20 internationals begin, England know they must avoid defeat to secure the series, which would go some way to making up for their 2-0 Test loss earlier in the tour.

If Morgan's side are to be successful they will need to perform with the bat once again, with James Taylor having guided his side to victory in the third ODI on Tuesday, ably assisted by Jos Buttler.

Taylor, Morgan and opener Alex Hales have all come to the fore in the last two matches and are three of the top four run-scorers in the series.

England's bowling has also started to click in the 50-over format - Chris Woakes leading the way in Sharjah with 4-40, something he hopes to continue in Dubai.

"When you're going well in a series, on a personal level or as a team, you've got that momentum and we'll be trying to do that on Friday," he said. 

"Take that momentum, particularly the way we've played over the last two games, into that final game and hopefully go away with a series win."

Meanwhile, for Pakistan, Friday's clash is the last chance saloon if they are to avoid a series defeat and captain Azhar Ali - who hopes to have Yasir Shah (knee) fit - knows they need to perform.

Batting collapses have hampered their run-scoring capabilities in recent games, with three men run out in the third ODI earlier this week as panic gripped the hosts.

"It's a must-win game for us," Azhar said. "It won't be easy because England played well in the last two games and won, but we all realise the importance of this game, we will do our hardest to win the game and I am confident that if we play to our ability then we can definitely win this game and level the series.

"There is pressure since it's a must-win game, you take that as positive and focus on cricket. If you use all your abilities then there is no doubt you can do it."