England aim for bright start
A capacity 15,000 crowd packed out Bristol's Nevil Road as cricket tried to put ball-tampering controversies behind it in today's Twenty20 international between England and Pakistan.
Eight days on from the abandonment of the fourth Test at The Oval following Pakistan's refusal to take the field after tea, attention shifted back to action in the middle.
Andrew Strauss' England side drew an embarrassing blank in the NatWest one-day matches against Sri Lanka earlier this summer while Pakistan, back to full strength with the return of pace pair Shoaib Akhtar and Rana Naved-ul-Hasan to their squad, were disappointed to lose the Test series 3-0.
England gave international debuts to young Leicestershire pace bowler Stuart Broad and Sussex all-rounder Mike Yardy, while there was also an expected return for veteran seamer Darren Gough.
Pakistan selected both Shoaib and Rana to play their first international match since ankle and groin injuries respectively.
England won the toss and elected to bat.