England preview – 2021 T20 World Cup
Archer and Stokes’ absence hurt Eoin Morgan’s side in preparation for T20 World Cup
England have won nine, drawn and lost one of their last 11 T20I bilateral series, dating back to 2018. They have won five of six games against Sri Lanka and Pakistan in the summer at home, but their 3-2 defeat to India in March did so. expose some flaws, and the ECB’s decision to pull out of their stop-off tour in Pakistan leaves squad members who haven’t played in the IPL’s second half run out of game time.
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England’s successful run in the bilateral playoffs has typically happened on level ground and thanks to a deep batting team capable of chasing high scores. So how will they adapt if the surfaces in the UAE are as tired and slow as expected? Their players involved in the second half of the IPL generally struggled to adjust to the batting conditions, and their streak against India in Ahmedabad earlier this year highlighted potential shortcomings against the spin. and death, especially on slower terrain. That said, the importance of quick starts with the bat became increasingly clear as the IPL moved forward, and thanks to Roy and Buttler, England’s power-play scoring rate was among the best in the world over the past three years.
Probably XI (line-up): 1 Jason Roy, 2 Jos Buttler (week), 3 Dawid Malan, 4 Jonny Bairstow, 5 Liam Livingstone, 6 Eoin Morgan (captain), 7 Moeen Ali / Chris Woakes, 8 Chris Jordan, 9 Mark Wood, 10 Adil Rashid, 11 Mills of Tymal
Matt Roller is associate editor at ESPNcricinfo. @ mroller98