This game is a crucial clash for the England team against Sri Lanka, which is also in the race with a point behind England. From England’s point of view, it is a game where they have to do their best to get back on track of dominance. At the same time, the Sri Lankans can bring in surprise factors on any day with the high quality of players they have. So it’s worth waiting for the clash of two different approaches.
Ground: SCG, Sydney
Date: 5th Nov 2022
Time: 1.30 PM IST / 08:00 AM GMT / 07:00 PM LOCAL
The pitch for the new ball. Batters need to be more careful with the powerplay overs with the kind of swing and seam that could happen. Spinners will have an excellent turning factor with the surface.
Probable Playing XIs
Kusal Mendis, Pathum Nissanka, Bhanuka Rajapasksa,Dananjayan De Silva, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Theekshana, Pramod Madhushan ,Lahiry Kumara, Kasun Rajitha
Jos Buttler (c), Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Alex Hales
Captain: M Ali
M Ali, who is comfortable playing the spinners, will be the right choice to go with against the Sri Lankan team. Also, he gets to bowl a couple of overs. He can even go for a full quota of four overs if it goes well.
Vice-captain: L Livingstone
It could have been a better tournament for L Livingstone. But still, marching into the big games, there is a chance for L Livingstone to get his magical touchback.
Wicketkeeper: J Buttler
J Buttler got a crucial knock in the last game. That would have taken his confidence sky-high right now.
Batters: A Hales, M Ali, D Shanaka
After a blinder starts in the last, A Hales will be connecting the ball well. He has a broader worth.
Shanaka has a habit of playing well against good bowling attacks. He has done so against Australia and New Zealand in the past. Let’s hope the same goes against the English.
All-rounders: S Curran, L Livingstone, D Silva, W Hasaranga
With his left arm angle, S Curran will always be threatening for Asian batters.
D Silva’s form will continue. He has played some serious knocks in this series.
Bowlers: M Wood, C Woakes, M Theekshana
M Wood and C Woakes are obvious picks for the pace and swing they could offer with the new ball. Also, the death overs from them are mostly fetching wickets.
The English haven’t been more comfortable playing spin as they don’t have the habit of watching the fingers of the spinners. Especially when a mystery spinner like Theekshana bowls, it will have a greater worth.