After a Massive win over the Windies the English team is placed on 4th position in the Points table.
Both teams have played four matches in this tournament. In this tournament, England beat South Africa, Bangladesh and Windies while they lost against Pakistan.
On the other hand, Australia, Sri Lanka, New Zealand and South Africa claimed their victories against Afghanistan in this tournament as Afghanistan suffered four defeats in their first four matches of this tournament.
The big news from England camp is that Jason Roy is ruled out due to hamstring tear from next 2 WC games and James Vince will replace him in the Playing XI. This is a very big blow for England as Roy was in his best form ever this WC,Captain Eoin Morgan aslo had some back injury issues and he didn’t bat in last game against Windies. He is still in doubt regarding playing in this game. If Morgan doesn’t get fit in time Moeen Ali will replace him and Jos Buttler will lead the side. Jonny Bairstow and J Vince will open the inning for England. Bairstow is a very attacking batsman while Vince is also a strong solid batsman scoring tons of runs in the domestic circuit. Bairstow got to starts in last few games but was unable to convert it into big innings.
Joe Root will bat at 1 down. He is the Pillar of England team. He had a All-round match against Windies. Firstly taking 2 wickets with ball and then a brilliant century with the bat.
Captain Eoin Morgan(if plays) will bat 2 down. He is in the best form from last year. He is the highest scorer of the team from last year. He scored 521 runs this year. He has scored 600+ runs on this ground.
Ben Stokes will bat next at 3 down. He showed his class in 1st match with a brilliant 89 runs and 2 wickets. He took 3 wickets against Bangladesh.
Jos Buttler will bat next 4 down. He is at his best form from the IPL. He scored attacking 103 runs against Pak and 66 off 44 in game against Ban. He generally plays at his best. If England Bowls first he will not get chance to bat.
Moeen Ali(if plays) will bat at 5 down and do the All Rounding duties. He is a excellent hitter of the ball and is very good with his off spin. He can bat at 4 if Morgan doesn’t play. Chris Woakes will bat next. The all-rounder Woakes has been a sensation for England in the recent past. He not only delivers with the ball but also got the ability to give those crucial runs for the team. He scored a very good 40 witj bat coming at 3 and also took 1 wicket.
Moeen(if plays) and A Rashid will lead spin attack for the team. Moeen is known for his tight line and length while Rashid is a attacking leg spinner. Rashid is going through a very bad patch and haven’t took wickets from the Pakistan series. Joe Root will assist them, He took 2 wickets in last game.
Chris Woakes and Jofra Archer will lead the pace attack while Liam Plunkett, Mark Wood and Ben Stokes will assist them. Archer and Wood took 3 wickets in last game while Plunkett and Wood took 1 wicket each.
The Afghans lost 4 of 4 matches and now. And are virtually out of the tournament. They would be looking to surprise the hosts but will be a tough tough task.
They are totally looking down and helpless at the moment with nothing going their way. M Nabi also failed in all the games with the bat, while their management is doing some nonsense team selection.
Najib Zadran who was Afghanistan highest scorer this WC was removed from playing XI. He is expected to come in playing XI, also Dawlat Zadran their best pacer is expected to come in place of Hamid Hasan.
Hard hitting batsman Hazratullah Zazai and Noor Ali Zadran will open the innings. Zazai is enormous talent and a very threatening batsman in the powerplay. Noor Ali is also a good batsman. Both went on to score 30’s but were unable to make a big score.
Ever reliable Rahmat shah will bat 1 down. He just scored a century against Scotland. He scored 43 in 1st game but failed after that game in all the matches. He is also handy with his leg-spin bowling,Left Handed Hashmatullah Shahidi will bat next at 4. H Shahidi is also in a great form. For Afghanistan, Shahidi is one of the batsmen to rely on. The only problem is that he plays very slow. He scored 59 in last match in 99 balls. He plays very slow.
M Nabi will bat at 5. Nabi has a lot of experience with him and is currently the No 3 all round in world. He is excellent hitter of ball and also very good off spinner. He took 4 wickets against SL. He is in very bad form with the bat and failed in all the matches.
G Naib will bat next. He is a hard hitting batsman with good technique. However, his primary focus will be his bowling. He is known for his tight line and length and is a wicket taking bowler.
World no 1 bowler Rashid Khan and Mohammed Nabi will lead the spin attack of the team. Rashid can also bat. Rashid haven’t looked in best form as he always does. There are no wickets in his bag and batsman are playing him very nicely. Dawlat Zadran (if plays), Aftab Alam and H Hasan(risky) will lead the pace attack along with G Naib. Dawlat Zadran have good experience of bowling for Afghanistan but didn’t feature in last game, while Hamid hasan impressed everyone with his pace bowling. Aftab Alam is known fir his variations in bowling. He took 3 wickets against NZ.
Pitch Report – Old Trafford, Manchester
Highest Total : 336/6 Ind vs Pak (2006)
Lowest Total : 45 Can vs Eng (1979)
Average Score : 203
Pitch has no grass. It looks like a high scoring encounter if rain doesn’t interfere. Spinners will get good support. Bowling average at Manchester is 28 making it one of the toughest ground in England to bowl at.
England and Afghanistan has played only 1 match before which was in the WC in which England was victorious.
1] Jos Buttler( 103,66 in last 2 games, One of the best batsman around, very attacking )
2]Jonny Bairstow ( Best explosive opener, 51, 45 in last 2 games, )
3] Ikram Ali ( Not played much international cricket, very risky)
1] Eoin Morgan( Highest scorer of England this year )
2] Joe Root( Pillar of England batting, 100+2 wickets in last game)
3] R Shah( Highest scorer of team from past 2 years, best batsman of Afg , 118 against Scotland recently, Not scored big innings this WC)
4] H Shahidi( Another consistent Player,59 against New Zealand , plays little slow)
5] Hazratullah Zazai (Very attacking batsman, can tear any bowling lineup on his day, Hit or Miss)
6] Noor Ali ( Good batsman, 30s in last 2 games)
7] James Vince( Will open for England, very good batsman)
1]Ben Stokes( Considered among the top All-Rounders around, 3 wickets against Ban)
2] M Nabi(Going through bad form with the bat, Must have Choise, 4 wickets against SL)
3] G Naib( Good decent bowler and batsman , 6 wickets against Ireland in last series, 1 wicket in last game)
4] Chris Woakes(Relies on swing, 40+1 wicket in last game, handy batsman)
5] Moeen Ali( Excellent IPL this season, hard hitter of the ball + very good off spin bowler, bats low, can bat at 4 if morgan doesn’t play)
1] Rashid khan (Currently best spinner in the world, Can also bat in attacking manner, not in good form)
2] A Rashid( 43 wickets last year and 15 this year, Leggie, not in good form)
3] Jofra Archer( Relies on pace and line length, 3 wickets in last game)
4] Liam Plunkett( highest wicket taker for England in middle overs since 2017, 1 wicket in last game, death bowler)
5] D Zadran( Good pace bowler, Afg main pacer, 2 wickets from 2 games, can also bat, can play today)
6] Aftab Alam( 13 wickets in 6 matches this year, wicket taker, bowls in death overs, 3 wickets against NZ)
7] Mark Wood( Good pace and bounce, wicket taker, 3 wickets in last game)
“I’m interested to see if the turn of the wicket might have been because of the weather that was around the other day (Saturday, for India v Pakistan). It might have been a bit tacky. At the moment it feels very hard. So in the morning we’ll have a look and see if it’s soft or if it’s rock-hard and make a call then.” – Morgan on the state of the surface expected in Manchester