White ball specialist England have named their squad for the T20 World Cup that’s scheduled to commence on the 17th of October in UAE, England have named a strong 15+3 squad.
Too many options for England in the opening slot and have been experimenting a lot lately, Jason Roy remains untouched but who along with Jason Roy will it be Jos Buttler or David Malan or Jonny Bairstow and if looked further there’s Moeen Ali and Liam Livingstone too who have opened in franchise cricket. The pair of Jason Roy and Jos Buttler is believed to be first choice. Jonny Bairstow, David Malan, Eoin Morgan, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali and Sam Billings are the options available in the middle order. Batting surely isn’t a concern for England, with these many effective names available.
Spin friendly conditions in UAE will see Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali bowling their complete kota, both effective and handy. Pace bowling looks like the only area of concern for England and has let England down several times, bowling at death has often been undisciplined and is the only concern for England but is a big one. Sam Curran, David Willey, Chris Jordan, Mark Wood and Chris Woakes are the contenders. Chris Woakes a certain name, handy with the bat and is disciplined with the ball. Chris Jordan is preferred a lot but performances haven’t been upto the mark, slow pitches of UAE can surely be helpful for someone like Chris Jordan, recalled man Tymal Mills and also for Sam Curran with their variations. David Willey, Mark Wood and Tymal Mills are the frontline pacers and with many pace all-rounders only one frontline pacer is likely to play as that gives more batting depth.
England’s squad for T20 World Cup : Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Tymal Mills, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood
Travelling Reserves : Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, JamesVince
Ben Stokes hasn’t been named in the squad as he’s on indefinite break from cricket citing mental health, teams are allowed to make changes to the squad till the 10th of October, if Ben Stokes announces his return then he’ll be named and England will have more pen and paper work to pick 3 pacers with 7 in contention.
England battle in the group of death, the group A. England will play West Indies on the 23rd of October to kick-start their T20 World Cup campaign and then play B2 (team that qualifies to super 12 from round 1 fixture). England next play Australia on 30th of October and A1 (team that qualifies to super 12 from round 1 fixture) on 1st of November, quick turnaround. A week gap before England play South Africa for their final group stage match on 6th of November.
England are favourites going into the tournament and do have a real strong squad with pace bowling being the only concern. Podium finish is on cards for the white ball specialist and hold a strong chance of rewriting a better T20 final story.