But hopes are high that 2019 may finally be their year, with key batsman Buttler coming into form ahead of England's tournament opener against South Africa at The Oval on May 30 courtesy of a stunning century in a 12-run win over Pakistan in the second one-day global at Southampton on Saturday.
There will likely be other changes as Jos Buttler and potentially David Willey could be rested for this match so Jonny Bairstow will keep wicket and James Vince and Tom Curran could be handed starts as they also aim to impress. Jason Roy made 76 runs from 55 balls. In accordance with Article 2.22.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to minor over-rate offences, players are fined 10 per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that amount.
England took almost four hours to bowl their 50 overs, less than three months after they were fined for maintaining a slow over-rate against the West Indies in Barbados.
England have been rotating their side during the Pakistan series as they look at options before naming a final 15-man squad for a home World Cup starting later this month. Root made 43 runs from 36 balls.
But Sohail's excellent run-a-ball 41 came to an unfortunate end when, called through for a single by Imam, he was run out by bowler Tom Curran kicking the ball onto the striker's-end stumps.
Pakistan were then 95 for three in the 17th over.
But Imam and Asif Ali, whose 52 was his second successive fifty, repaired the damage with a fifth-wicket partnership of 125. Pakistan anyway still hold an ability to win the following games.
He continued to take the attack to England, driving Willey for a straight six and next ball glancing the left-arm quick for four.
Imam then surpassed his previous ODI best of 128 against Zimbabwe at Bulawayo a year ago. The six English batsmen who were involved in the run chase hit at least one six in their innings and were clear that they would like to finish the game as soon as possible.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow, who scored a brilliant century in the third ODI which England won against Pakistan, said he benefited a lot from his experiences in the just concluded edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).