England predicted Playing 11 for ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: TSR presents the best Playing 11 for the English side in the 2019 World Cup
Touted as favourites for lifting this year’s World Cup alongside India, the English side arguably have come up with the most potent squad they would ever have.
Currently ranked the no.1 side in the ICC ODI rankings, and with the added advantage of playing at home, there will not be a better chance for England to lift their maiden Cricket World Cup Trophy.
Ranked no.6 in ODIs in 2015, the English side have had a firm grip on the no.1 spot, courtesy their 8 series wins in the last 10 ODI bilateral series.
With a destructive top order, a plethora of all-rounders, and tall potent fast bowlers, here is the predicted, best Playing 11 that England must field in for the upcoming World Cup.
Predicted best playing 11 for England in the upcoming World Cup
Jason Roy has become a regular feature for England at the opening slot. He has amassed 2938 runs in his 74 innings, striking at 106.29 and at a brilliant average of 40.80 in ODIs so far.
In the year 2019 so far, he has played 6 innings with scores of 114, 76, 87, 2 and 123 (the latest innings first). This is enough testament as to why he is indispensable for the English side for the imminent World Cup.
But wait! it is not as if its just Roy who has given the opposition bowlers a run for their money. His partner in crime at the top- Jonny Bairstow has also been in scintillating touch, especially in the recent past.
Even he has struck 2 half-centuries and a century in his previous 5 innings in English colours and the duo have had a devastating impact on the bowlers, providing more than just useful opening partnerships, which is absolutely imperative in any format of the game.
England will have high hopes on both Roy and Bairstow and the English cricket fans would be pleading to them to carry the same form for the next 2 months.
If there has been one consistent batsman for England in the limited overs format, it has been Joe Root for sure. Overall, in One-Dayers, he has scored 5,216 runs off 123 innings at an astonishing average of 50.15.
In 2018 alone, he scored 946 runs from 24 innings at an swashbuckling average of nearly 60 and a strike-rate of 83.94.
He has been there for England since 2013 in the limited-overs format and will prove to be essential for England at no.3, considering the experience he brings to the table.
From playing for Ireland in the 2007 World Cup, to becoming a good enough captain of the England limited overs side, Eoin Morgan certainly has come a long way, and deservedly so.
He has led England to their journey to the summit in the ICC rankings and will be more than just keen to end the England World Cup drought by winning it for the first time at Home. With a strong enough strong this World Cup, there will not come a better opportunity for Morgan to achieve what they’ve never had.
With 6 half-centuries in the last 10 innings in English colours, he will surely prove to be a vital cog in the wheel for England at the all-important ‘no.4 slot’ (at least in India right now).
Ben Stokes is arguably one of the best all-rounders in limited overs, not only for England, but also probably in World Cricket right now.
Although not in best of forms right now, players of Stokes’ stature need a World Cup like big stage to prove themselves regarding what they are capable of.
He has the ability to play the onslaughts in the fag end of the innings and can also provide 10 decent overs with the ball on his day. Moreover, he is one of the quickest fielders around the cricket field, can save those extra runs team subtly leak while they are on the field.
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England Wicket-keeper batsman, Jos Buttler is perhaps the most cleanest hitters of the Cricket ball in the world right now. His 110 off 55 deliveries, with the help of 6 fours and 9 sixes just a week ago against Pakistan, was the clearest of testament to the fact.
In the year 2018, he scored 671 runs from 18 innings at an average of more than 50 and a strike-rate of 113.54, including two centuries and four fifties.
Another feather on the English cap in their never ending list of all-rounders is Moeen Ali. Coming late down the order, (most probably) he can provide those lethal blows in the death overs, and provide an added advantage of 15-25 runs to the overall total.
Moreover, his potent off-bowling skills have really proved handy, especially against the left-handers, where the ball will leave the batsmen, making them play against the spin. The way scores of 300 plus are being easily scored and chased down, he can play the role of containing the batsmen alongside Adil Rashid- who will be looking to provide the breakthroughs in the middle-overs.
The fact that David Willey is the only left-arm pacer in the English side should earn him a place in the playing 11 ahead of Chris Woakes.
Having picked up 51 wickets in 44 innings so far for England, Willey has the ability to swing the ball both sides, with the new ball, and is also a handy option in the death with the ability to ball the toe-crushers.
He can also prove to be a decent batsman down at the lower order, and can play handy knocks with the likes of Archer, Rashid and Moeen Ali.
Adil Rashid is the only proper spinning option for England in their World Cup campaign this year. He can be that make or break man for England in their bid to become the World champions.
Considering the run-fest batsmen from all teams are expected to enjoy, the onus will be on the leg-spinner to not only provide important breakthroughs in the middle overs, but also to make sure that he doesn’t leak too many runs. He has picked up 130 wickets in 81 innings so far for England, at an average of 30.51.
Moreover, he can also be crucial for England low down the batting order, as he has the knack of finishing off games while chasing.
A skiddy customer with the ability to surprise the batsmen with quick bouncers, Liam Plunkett will be leading the pace attack for England in the World Cup. He will have quite some responsibility on his shoulders, in the absence of veterans like Stuart Broad and James Anderson.
Being off the scence for England for 7-8 years since 2007, Plunkett has been a regular feature for England since 2015, and with the experience he possesses, he will be expected to deliver in the batting friendly pitches of England.
Archer was not a part of the England preliminary squad for the World Cup which was announced recently. Yet since the deadline of team announcement is May 23, Jofra is expected to be roped into the side courtesy his brilliant all-round abilities that has inspired one and all.
Archer had impressed the cricketing fraternity in the Big Bash League and the Indian Premier League- which concluded just recently. His ability to bowl both with the new ball and and the death can be the one missing thing (if any at all) for England.
Even the former England captain, Michael Vaughan exclaimed a few days ago, as to how crucial he is not only for the World Cup but also for The Ashes following the showpiece tournament. Vaughan said,”‘I would be absolutely staggered if he’s not taking part in the Ashes series as well as the World Cup. He’ll win England World Cup games, he’ll win them T20 games and I’m very, very confident that he’ll have a big say in winning Test matches this summer as well as down the years.”
Moreover, he can come up with those heavy blows down the order with the bat as well. He is certainly going to be England’s X-factor for their World Cup campaign and should definitely be a part of the Playing 11, provided he makes it to the squad in the first place.