England is one of the favorites in this tournament. Their bench strength is massive. Conversely, Afghanistan is slowly getting its name etched on a bigger stage, especially with Rashid Khan’s web. It is getting more interesting to know how Afghans will handle the mighty English team.
Ground: Perth Stadium
Date: October 22, 2022
Time: 1.30 PM
It is not WACA to provide the fastest pitch. But this Perth wicket is a good and flatter wicket, which is good to assist the white ball cricket. Batting gets most of the help. And also, it seems to have assistance for the seamers.
Probable Playing XI
Jos Buttler (C) (WK), Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Alex Hales
Mohammad Nabi (C), Najibullah Zadran, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (WK), Azmatullah Omarzai, Darwish Rasooli, Farooqi, Hazratullah Zazai, Ibrahim Zadran, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Naveen ul Haq, Rashid Khan.
Captain – J Buttler
Rashid Khan and Mujeeb ur Rahman are the star bowlers of Afghanistan. But they both have been played enough by Jos Buttler in franchise cricket. It won’t trouble him. He will make the best out of this opening game.
Vice-captain: C Woakes
Chris Woakes seems to be in great form. Opens the bowling for England. The right-arm fast bowler is threatening and will remain the same for Afghanistan.
Wicketkeeper: J Buttler
Batters: A Hales, D Malan, I Zadran
Hales is the opening batter, along with J Buttler. He has just returned to the squad. He will be well aware of his responsibilities.
D Malan has been consistent for a long time now. Never miss him on the big ground where he can steal more twos.
I Zadran is a technically sound player in Afghanistan. He can make use of this Australian wicket to make productive runs.
All-rounders: M Nabi, S Curran
The experience of Nabi, the skipper, is essential in a match against the mighty English team. And also, England has three left-handers in the middle order. So Nabi, the off-spinner, is the right choice.
S Curran’s left-arm inswingers and slowers will trouble the Afghanistan batters.
Bowlers: C Woakes, R Topley, M Wood, Rashid Khan, M Rahman
R Topley and M Wood for their pace and much-demanded variations. They will be really difficult for Afghan batters to cope with.
R Khan and M Rahman are the hoodwinkers who got the ability to change the match towards them, Afghanistan.
Other vice-captain options are Sam Curran and D Malan.