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2022 ICC T20 World Cup Preview – England

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Despite missing two of their transcendental T20 talents in Jonny Bairstow and Jofra Archer, England remain one of the leading contenders to lift the 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia. Jos Buttler’s side are heading into the tournament off the back of two hugely impressive away series victories against Pakistan and Australia and have a wealth of batting and bowling talent at their disposal in the squad.

The form of some key players, including Adil Rashid and Ben Stokes, is a concern but the English cricket team has enough firepower with bat and ball to lift their second T20 World Cup title down under.

2022 ICC T20 World Cup Preview – England in T20 World Cup

Strengths

 

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Alongside the other two favourites, India and Australia, England have one of the most power-packed batting lineups in the tournament. Leading the pack is the captain and arguably the best T20 batter in the world, Jos Buttler, who will be looking to carry his form from the record-breaking 2022 IPL into the T20 World Cup.

Alongside Buttler in the top order are two of the highest-scoring and most experienced T20 batters in world cricket Alex Hales and Dawid Malan, and one of the best players of pace bowling Ben Stokes. Following them is the hard-hitting duo of Liam Livingstone and Moeen Ali in the middle order, two of the most destructive batters in the world, and the likes of Sam Curran and David Willey, who deepen the batting lineup.

Weaknesses

 

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Without Jofra Archer in their side, England are hamstrung in their bowling innings due to the lack of a genuine death overs option. Mark Wood, Sam Curran, and David Willey all sway towards the expensive end at the death, while Chris Jordan has been wildly inconsistent in the final five overs of the innings throughout his career.

Another problem for England heading into this T20 World Cup is the form of their premier spinner, Adil Rashid. The leg-spinner is leaking nearly 8.2 runs an over in 2022 while also picking up wickets at a slower rate, and the 34-year-old could be taken to the cleaners on flat Australian batting pitches at the World Cup.

Most important player – Liam Livingstone

 

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Few cricketers on the T20 circuit can rival the hitting power and stroke-making ability of Liam Livingstone. The Englishman is one of the most fearsome six-hitters in the world and is primed to light up this T20 World Cup for Jos Buttler’s side with his pyrotechnics in the middle order. Livingstone has plenty of experience playing on Australian pitches thanks to his time with the Big Bash, and the all-rounder could be England’s x-factor with both bat and ball down under.

Possible starting XI

1. Jos Buttler
2. Alex Hales
3. Dawid Malan
4. Ben Stokes
5. Liam Livingstone
6. Moeen Ali
7. Sam Curran
8. Chris Woakes
9. David Willey
10. Adil Rashid
11 Mark Wood

Prediction

2nd in Group 1
Lose in the semi-final to South Africa

 

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