Manchester, Jun 17 : England, who have excelled on all fronts in their last two
matches, will look to further establish their ascendancy when they face Afghanistan,
who are currently placed last on the points table on Tuesday in the ICC Cricket World
Cup at Old Trafford.
England have won their last two games comprehensively, by margins of 106 runs
and eight wickets respectively, and seem to be on course for a spot in the semi-finals.
However, there are concerns over the fitness of skipper Eoin Morgan and opening
batsman Jason Roy, who left the field midway against West Indies due to injuries,
and are uncertain for Tuesday's clash.
Joe Root, who opened the innings in Roy's absence, seemed to be at his fluent best,
registering his second century at the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019. The right-hander will return to his No.3 spot against Afghanistan, as James Vince is likely to fill in for Roy, making his first World Cup appearance in the process.Afghanistan are yet to bat through their full quota of overs this tournament, and it has resulted in them losing each of their four matches. Against South Africa, they collapsed from 69/2 in the 21st over to 125 all out in the 35th.
The Gulbadin Naib-led side will have to put together a complete performance if they
are to challenge the top-ranked team in the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings.
England: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (wk), Tom
Curran, Liam Dawson, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes,
James Vince, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.
Afghanistan: Gulbadin Naib (c), Noor Ali Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah (wk),
Asghar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari,
Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan, Mujeeb ur
Rahman, Ikram Ali Khil.