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The wait is finally over and we are just a few hours away from the start of the most awaited cricketing tournament in 4 years and it will be hosts England and South Africa who will start of in the 2019 World Cup. Both teams will be looking to break the jinx of winning their maiden World Cup and a winning start will be very important for both the teams to relive their hopes of winning their first World Cup.
England will go into the tournament as the firm favourites to lift their maiden title. Over the last 4 years, the English team has improved by leaps and bounds and are currently the No 1 ranked side in the world in ODI cricket. The emergence of Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow at the top of the order for England has worked wonders for them and it will be interesting to see whether they continue their sensational form even in the showpiece event.
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Test skipper Joe Root will also be one of the most important players for England all through the event. He is expected to play the anchor’s role and the innings will revolve around him. The middle order is quite strong for England. They have consistently chased down target in excess of 350 and that has been largely possible due to the exceptional batting from the English team.
Their bowling line-up has leaked runs on occasions but the inclusion of Jofra Archer will keep them perfectly in shape for the first match of the tournament. Adil Rashid will also play a very important role if England wants to win the opening match of the World Cup. South Africa, on the other hand, doesn’t go into the tournament as one of the favourites.
However, they have some genuine match-winner in their ranks who has the ability to turn the match on it’s head with their all-round abilities. The absence of Dale Steyn from the opening clash will be a concern for the Proteas as he has been an experienced and one of the greatest bowlers of this generation.
However, the likes of Kagiso Rabada and Lungisani Ngidi will look to make their mark as they gear up to play their maiden World Cup. The likes of JP Duminy and Faf du Plessis will play a crucial role in the middle while the opening duo Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla will look to get them off to a good start. All in all, it will be an interesting battle on our hands.
Predicted Playing XI
Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root ,Eoin Morgan ©, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood
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Quinton de Kock, Hashim Amla, Van der Hussen, Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Lungisani Ngidi, Imran Tahir, Tabraiz Shamsi.
England will definitely start of the favourites for tomorrow’s clash but I presume South Africa will win tomorrow’s clash.