Cricket World Cup 2019Watch
Pitches in England are batting friendly, so i guess its hard to stop buttler but inclusion of Amir and Shadab would be handy. One more thing Pakistan is winning the WC mark my words
Even though I'd love them to confound expectations, I don't see it this time. If they match or surpass 2015's WC of a quarter final place then that would be realistic expectation and ending their WC hoodoo v India would count as success. So far in the games vs England they've surprised by racking up 300 scores which is not really their forte, however their bowling which historically has been their shining light, is struggling. Amir's form has been woeful since 2017, and they've got young, inexperienced players in the attack. The exclusion of Junaid (he's not happy and rightly so) seems harsh in place of Wahab who didn't even play in the ODI series v England. He has played county cricket but so has Junaid who would have been a better fit. Perhaps Wahab's pace and stature nudged it his way.
Batting wise, Sarfaraz has to go up the order as the last ODI proved. He's not a big hitter, but active on the crease however he's having to accomodate Hafeez who doesn't want to go down to six which incidentally, he showed he could be a hitter as in the 2017 Champions Trophy final. Asif Ali's tragic news of his daughter's passing means we may not see his exciting and attacking potential, but Fakhar and Imam in the runs is positive. Babar is in good nick but I've still doubts he can really be what the team needs, he's too plodding for my liking.
Eoin Morgan (Middlesex, captain), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jofra Archer (Sussex), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Tom Curran (Surrey), Liam Dawson (Hampshire), Liam Plunkett (Surrey), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), Ben Stokes (Durham), James Vince (Hampshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Mark Wood (Durham).
South Africa Amla, de Kock (c), Markram, du Plessis, van der Dussen, Duminy, Phehlukwayo, Pretorius, Rabada, Ngidi, Tahir.
Archer had Markram caught by Root on 11, du PLessis was caught by Ali off Archer on 5, de Kock was caught by Root off Plunkett on 68, Duminy caught by Stokes off Mo on 8, Pretorius run out on 1, van der Dussen caught by Mo off Archer for a half-ton, Phehlukwayo snaffled by Stokes off Rashid on 24, Amla taken behind off Plunkett on 13, Rabada caught by Plunkett off Stokes on 11, Tahir caught by Root off Stokes on 0. That’s a really impressive win for England, not least because they lost an important toss. The stars were Ben Stokes, who found a cure for 12 known medical conditions, and the majestic Jofra Archer. Archer finished with figures of 7-1-27-3, while Liam Plunkett had a decent day and took the vital wicket of Quinton de Kock at a time when England were in a bit of trouble. That was the decisive moment of the match, but it was not the champagne moment. England’s next game is gainst Pakistan at Trent Bridge on Monday. South Africa meet Bangladesh on this ground on Sunday.
Pakistan’s carelessness in the face of the short-ball tactic meant they crumpled to 105 all out in 21.4 overs. Thomas was the main beneficiary with four for 27 on his tournament bow before Gayle took centre stage amid a blizzard of boundaries as the Windies overhauled their target with 36.2 overs to spare. Gayle made a rusty start but warmed to his task with back-to-back sixes off Hasan Ali, which took the opener past AB de Villiers’ record for the most sixes hit in the tournament’s history. Mohammad Amir, who was passed fit after missing the England series, ensured there would be no abject surrender from Pakistan as he snared both Shai Hope and Darren Bravo.
Gayle was a long way from his fluent best but still brought up a 33-ball half-century, falling off the next delivery to Amir - as the left-armer found form by returning figures of three for 26. Nicholas Pooran took up the baton and finished with 34 from 19 balls as the 1975 and 1979 champions started their tournament in ideal fashion, while Pakistan, winners in 1992, succumbed to their 11th successive ODI defeat