Thursday, September 29, 2022

Jos Buttler’s turn to lay down England with T20 World Cup

Just two days after England’s Buzzball reached the target of 378 – their highest successful chase in Test cricket, with a run rate of nearly five – they are set to push the boundaries even further in T20I cricket, this time around. After Brendon McCullum and Ben Stokes ushered in a new era in grand fashion, it is now Matthew Mott and Jos Buttler’s turn to have their own marker.
Mott had already captained the white-ball side for the three-match ODI series in the Netherlands, but this will be Butler’s first as full-time captain after Eoin Morgan’s retirement. No member participating in the Edgbaston Test will be in action in the first match of the T20I series. As much as the white-ball leg is about testing the young ‘un, the focus of the pre-series is on the two older boys: Dinesh Karthik, 37, and Richard Gleason, 34.
Last summer, Karthik was in England as a commentator, grabbing attention with his edgy punditry and flashy shirt. Before that, he came to the country as a Test opener and a back-up white-ball player, but now he is here to establish himself as one of India’s best T20I finishers. Karthik made a veritable old name for himself bowling fast in all parts of the IPL that teams eventually started mixing him with wrist spinners. The move worked and England would have looked at him, especially Matt Parkinson, who would get a chance, in Adil Rashid’s absence, to show his wares against some of the best in the business.
While Karthik is in the midst of his billionth comeback, Gleason has earned his maiden call-up three months ahead of the 2022 T20 World Cup. The right-arm seamer has dived into the Bangladesh Premier League (Rangpur Riders), Big Bash League (Melbourne Renegades) and Abu Dhabi T10 League (Maratha Arabians and Team Abu Dhabi) and his ability to bowl yorkers makes him attractive. option to be Those yorkers were on display for Lancashire in the most recent Vitality Blast where they won a tie and a run. However, given Gleason’s injury history and the absence of several frontline quicks due to injury, England cannot rush him to play three T20Is in four days.

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stress fracture of lower back put Sam Curran Away from last year’s T20 World Cup and the Ashes, but the all-rounder is on the rise once again, having proved his form and fitness for the Netherlands ODIs and Surrey. Curran’s new ball swing and big hitting make things happen In T20I cricket once again for England. The hosts could also play him as a middle-order floater to take Yuzvendra Chahal out of their game.
Like the Quran Suryakumar Yadav Returning to international cricket after injury. with Deepak Hooda Firing over the top, Suryakumar had only a peripheral role in Ireland. He could potentially come back to No 3 and play a big role against England. Or Hooda may get another chance and we will see how he performs against a more powerful attack.

Phil Salt and Harry Brooke will face off for the middle-order slot vacated by Morgan’s departure. Tymal Mills missed Sussex’s final group stage games with a toe injury but is expected to be fit for the match with stitches on Wednesday. He could get past David Willey and engage in a three-man left-arm seam attack. There are early indications that Gleason will have to wait for his international debut.

England (Probables): 1 Jason Roy, 2 Jos Buttler (c & wk), 3 David Malan, 4 Moeen Ali, 5 Liam Livingstone, 6 Harry Brooke, 7 Sam Curran, 8 Chris Jordan, 9 Tymal Mills, 10 Reece Topley/David Willie, 11 Matt Parkinson

India will welcome their captain Rohit Sharma after missing the Edgbaston Test with Covid-19. He has since tested negative and even had a net session in Birmingham. On the bowling front, India will have to choose between Umran Malik and Arshdeep Singh, who did not get a match in Ireland. VVS Laxman will take charge of the team at least for the series opener, before Rahul Dravid takes over once again.

India (probable): 1 Rohit Sharma (capt), 2 Ishan Kishan, 3 Suryakumar Yadav, 4 Deepak Hooda, 5 Hardik Pandya, 6 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 7 Axar Patel, 8 Harshal Patel, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Yuzvendra Chahal, 11 Umran Malik/Arshdeep Singh

The Southampton pitch had a light cover of grass on the eve of the game. The Ageas Bowl has some of the longest boundaries in the country and has been the third lowest scoring ground in the T20 Blast this season (7.93 runs per over). Batting first here in the Blast this year has averaged 165 and the defending teams have won five out of seven matches. The weather is likely to be hot and sunny on Thursday.

  • India’s run rate in the Powerplays is 8.61, the highest among teams that have played at least five or more full T20Is since November 2021.
  • “There are a few other things going through your mind: you’re thinking about a few things and maybe talking to a few more people. It’s really important to take really good care of your game. I’m trying to be the captain I want someone who leads from the front, so it’s really important that I make sure my own practice and preparation is really good.”
    if butler He is not too worried that the captaincy will affect his performance.

    “It’s always good to play for your country and you don’t want to miss any game for your country, but some things are not in your control. Now that I am back, [I’m] Excited and looking forward.”
    Rohit Sharma Eager to return to action after COVID-19 battle

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