England’s cricket’s top elite stars participated in the ongoing current fad which has took the internet world by storm. Popular multi-media messaging app, Snapchat recently introduced a new filter – ‘Gender Swap’, where you can swap your face with a girl’s face if you are a man and vice versa. After many well-known celebrities tried their hands on the interesting trend of using the filter, it was now the turn of none other than England’s cricket team to undergo a major transformation (virtually).
The spirits in the England camp is generally high after a morale-boosting win in the second and third ODI over Pakistan in the ongoing five-match series. England cricket uploaded a picture collage of six of the batsmen to their official Instagram account, accompanied with the caption: ‘Guess Who?’. And the results were surprising with some of the ‘girls’ even getting a bit of attention in the comments section.
Morgan, Joe Root, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes were also seen in the picture, who took part in the current fad. One fan joked, “I’m falling in love.” while another added, “I have a crush. Never thought the English cricket team would actually look good if they were girls.”
Recently, Jos Buttler smashed the second-fastest hundred by an England batsman in one-day internationals (ODIs). He also holds the record for the fasted century by an Englishman – a 46-ball ton. In the third ODI between England and Pakistan, a blistering century by wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow helped the hosts defeat Men in Green by six wickets at the County Ground. Chasing 359 on Tuesday, England hardly had to break any sweat as Bairstow scored a commanding 128, helping his side reach the target with more than five overs to spare. Bairstow’s hundred came off 74 balls. It was his fourth-quickest in ODIs.
He was well supported by Jason Roy, who scored 76 off 55 balls, and the duo stitched a 159-run opening partnership in 18 overs.
Other noticeable contributions came from Joe Root, who made 43, and Moeen Ali, who remained not out at 46, alongside skipper Eoin Morgan (17*).
Earlier put into bat, Pakistan rode on brilliant 151 from opener Imam-ul-Haq as they posted 358/9 in their stipulated quota of 50 overs. Imam surpassed his previous ODI best of 128 which came against Zimbabwe at Bulawayo last year. The 23-year-old’s innings was the highest individual score by a Pakistan batsman against England in an ODI, surpassing the 138 made by Fakhar Zaman at Southampton. Asif Ali also scored a brisk half-century, collecting 52 runs from 43 balls.