England vs Afghanistan match preview: DKODING Key Players, Pitch Report and Team news
The ICC World Cup 2019 is up and running as the match number 24 is set to see Afghanistan and England going head-to-head at the Old Trafford in Manchester on Tuesday.
Afghanistan are winless so far in the tournament and would look to register their first win, while England eye the top position.
We’ve got some quite similar views: Buttler on Morgan
England are set to continue with the same approach even if Morgan misses out.
“We have played under Eoin for a long time. I think he’s a fantastic captain. He’s someone I’ve tried to learn from, being vice-captain. I’ve talked to him a lot about the game. We’ve got some quite similar views so I think it would be very similar,” said Buttler.
Buttler is ready to shine in a dual role as the keeper and captain.
“If it comes to it and I have to captain it’s obviously a huge honour. From behind the stumps you have a fantastic view of what’s going on but it’s just down to yourself to manage those two jobs and separate them,”Jos Buttler
Afghanistan succumb to South Africa, England triumph Windies
While Afghanistan are coming off a loss to South Africa, England scripted a win against Windies.
In their previous match, Afghanistan displayed a dismal performance as they witnessed a batting collapse. Meanwhile, England overcame Windies by eight wickets.
England enter the tie as firm favorites. They would look to script a big win tomorrow to almost seal their semi-final birth.
Players to watch out for
England – Joe Root
For England, Joe Root has been their most lethal weapon, courtesy of his flawless form
Afghanistan – Rashid Khan
Afghanistan would rely on all-rounder Rashid Khan, with both bat and ball, to make a serious impact. Also, skipper Naib’s pace would play a crucial role in this tie.
A high-scoring track could await at Old Trafford
The venue has hosted only one match in the tournament so far, where India beat Pakistan on Sunday.
While the match was a high-scoring one from India’s perspective, Pakistan did not have a good time batting.
The pitch is expected to assist batsmen. However, with a 60-70% chance of rain, the team winning the toss might like to bowl first.
Considering their World Cup meetings, both the teams have met once, with England winning it. It was also their only ODI clash to date. Notably, both the teams would be facing off against each other for the first time in England in ODIs.