ICC World Cup 2019: England vs South Africa, Kennington Oval – England’s Predicted Playing XI
So, the cricketing carnival is about to begin in the United Kingdom (UK). Brace up yourself to witness thrillers and subsequently, the lopsided encounters. In the first game of ICC World Cup 2019, England will lock horns with South Africa on May 30 at Kennington Oval in London. Thus, we’ve had prepared England’s predicted playing XI for the much-awaited curtain-raiser.
The clash of heavyweights is further seen as a probing contest with both teams yet to lay hands on the coveted trophy.
While talking about head to head ODI contests out of 59 matches England has won 26, whereas, the Proteas settled with 25 victories.
Notably, it reveals how closely they’ve had fought in the recent past.
Here’s England’s predicted playing XI for the ICC World Cup 2019 opener against South Africa:
The classic right-handed batsman Jason Roy has featured in 76 matches since 2015 for England. While averaging 40.81 in 74 innings, Roy has accumulated 2938 runs.
Known for a brisk start, Roy also has the knack of playing longer innings. His form is crucial for the hosts at the marquee event.
The wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow has been in phenomenal which further saw him scoring runs at will in his maiden edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
The prolific run-getter Bairstow has featured in 63 ODIs in which he has garnered 2329 runs at an average of 47.53. He has further seven hundreds and nine fifties to his name.
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The 29-year-old Bairstow is an ideal candidate to partner Roy. Overall, their partnership will set the game for hosts in the quadrennial event.
The onus will be on Test skipper Joe Root, who leads the engine room of English batting line-up. The right-handed batsman is good against spin and has again proven himself in the top-flight cricket.
In 132 ODIs, Root has amassed 5300 runs which subsequently saw his average as 40.48. Meanwhile, the plus point for him is that he has been the part of the 2015 World Cup campaign for England.
The prominent batsman has featured in six matches to score 202 runs at an average of 40.40. He also has a solitary hundred to his name.
Eoin Morgan‘s story is fascinating from being an Irish to leading England in the top-flight cricket. The southpaw could be decisive for his team given to his ability.
Morgan is known for changing gears which eventually puts the opposition on the backfoot.
The audacious stroke-maker Jos Buttler has already grabbed the eyeballs for his aggressive style of playing.
The 28-year-old Buttler has featured in 132 ODIs for England since 2012. He has also featured in the 2015 World Cup co-hosted by New Zealand and Australia.
In five innings, Buttler has scored 141 runs at an average of 35.25. However, with much experience on his back, he could be a remarkable asset for the English team.
The Durham-based allrounder Ben Stokes had a forgettable run in the IPL. However, the prominent cricketer has high hopes to brack the shackles.
Stokes, who averages 37.58 in 84 ODIs, further managed to bag 63 wickets. In the impending World Cup, Stokes has a lot to prove on his own.
However, he could emerge threatening with the bat and ball equally.
The off-spinning allrounder Moeen Ali would be keen to improve his batting average. Having an enormous talent, Ali is further playing a crucial role with leg-spinner.
With wickets being touted as more flatter, but Ali is potential enough to spring a surprise or so.
In the World Cup, he had an aggregate total of 192 in five matches. Also, he has bagged four wickets during the eleventh edition of the World Cup.
Recently, the inclusion of the 24-year-old Jofra Archer in England team has become a point of debate for the cricketing pundits.
However, his talent is gauged with the way when Team India skipper Virat Kohli has called him the X-factor for English cricket team.
The Barbados-born bowling all-rounder has the knack of clocking at 90 mph. Thus, it will undoubtedly help England’s cause. He is also the powerful striker of the ball.
Overall, he has emerged as a potential player to watch out for at the World Cup.
One of the senior campaigners for England is leg-spinner Adil Rashid himself. The high-quality spinner, despite knowing the fact that conditions will be helpful for the batting, he is ready with a wide array of skills to deceive batsmen.
Ali has scored 1691 runs at went on to bag 79 scalps since 2014.
Chris Woakes is not known for his bowling, but for his batting skills too. It’s the foremost example of how many stalwarts of the game always laud England’s depth in batting.
Woakes, who is in good touch, has further an extra responsibility in the pace bowling department. He is all set to play his second world cup for the Three Lions.
The speedster Mark Wood could play an essential role early on for England. Having pace, Wood can pick wickets at regular intervals.
In many ways, he is a crucial option for Morgan first up given to the pitch conditions in England, this summer.
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