In the 24th match of the ICC World Cup 2019, England will take on Afghanistan at Old Trafford for yet another fascinating encounter. The World No.1 ODI side, England has been in terrific form in this World Cup while Afghanistan remains winless in this tournament after four games.
England cricket team will look to get the combination right when they take on the low-ranked but spirited Afghanistan cricket team in their match to get one more step closer to the semi-final berth at Old Trafford in Manchester today. After suffering a shock loss to Pakistan, England cricket team have done a fantastic job in all three departments and the hosts will want to continue their winning momentum. England are at the 4th spot with 6 points in the points table at present.
But the hosts are struggling with their fitness issues, the latest being captain Eoin Morgan having to leave the field with a back spasm during the game against the West Indies.Opening batsman Jason Roy was also forced to leave the field during the same match due to a tight hamstring.
On the other hand, Afghanistan cricket team will be eager to post their first win in the ongoing 50-over showpiece. Playing in their second World Cup, the bottom-placed Afghanistan lost all four of their matches till now to South Africa, Australia, Sri Lanka and New Zealand respectively. Afghanistan is at the bottom in the points table without a point being scored in this addition of WC.
The pitch of Manchester was a batting paradise as shown in India vs Pakistan match, so it is expected another high scoring match.
Weather forecast: Weather is expected to be overcast with seaming conditions.
Head to head in World Cups: 1-0 in favour of the hosts England.
England cricket team management are battling injury crisis with their skipper Eoin Morgan and in form opener Jason Roy suffering back spasm and tight hamstring respectively. On the other side, Afghanistan cricket team management might give the two players rest. Afghanistan are not dealing with any injury issue.
Players to watch out for England:
Joe Root - Joe Root scored a fine hundred against West Indies. It was his second century of the tournament. The batsman has hit 279 runs at an average of 93.00. Afghanistan bowling attack should be afraid of Joe Root.
Players to watch out for Afghanistan:
Rashid Khan - Afghanistan will be looking towards its inspirational 20-year-old spinner to deliver a match winning performance. Rashid Khan holds the record of fastest 100 wickets in ODIs. With Afghanistan's batting collapsing, Rashid could be expected to contribute with the bat too. He is more than a handy batsman lower down the order.
England Probable XI: James Vince, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Jos Buttler (C/Wk), Ben Stokes, Tom Curran, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer
Afghanistan Probable XI: Hamid Hassan, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Noor Ali Zadran, Aftab Alam, Gulbadin Naib (C), Hashmatullah Shahidi, Rahmat Shah, Rashid Khan, Ikram Ali Khil (Wk), Hazratullah Zazai