England Playing 11 vs Pakistan – ICC World Cup 2023, Match 44

Published - 11 Nov 2023, 12:43 PM

England Playing 11 vs Pakistan – ICC World Cup 2023, Match 44
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England take on Pakistan in match 44 of the ICC World Cup 2023 in Kolkata on November 11. It’s a 2 pm start with England looking to finish on a high. Three teams have reached the semi-finals including India, Australia, and South Africa.

England who are already eliminated from the tournament are now looking to spoil the party for Pakistan. They are heading into this game on the back of a win against the Netherlands. The win came on the back of five consecutive losses.

The defending champions have not been efficient in this edition of the tournament and have not played spin particularly well. The match against Pakistan will be played in Kolkata. The Eden track has aided spin over the years and England as a side has struggled against spin throughout the tournament.

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The head-to-head contest in World Cups is pretty even with England winning five games and Pakistan four. However, this side led by Jos Buttler has struggled against every opposition. They will need to bat especially well against the Pakistani spinners.

Batting so far has been England’s Achilles Heel with the middle-order hardly contributing anything substantial. In their previous match against the Netherlands, runs were few from the middle order. They are bound to be tested by spin against Pakistan.

England Playing 11 vs Pakistan – ICC World Cup 2023, Match 44

Dawid Malan

Dawid Malan
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Malan will open the batting for England. He scored 87 and is England’s highest scorer in this World Cup so far. The southpaw has scored 286 runs in 8 games at an average of 40.86.

Jonny Bairstow

Jonny Bairstow
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Bairstow will open the batting along with Malan. He has endured a tough tournament. He was dismissed for just 15 against the Netherlands. Overall, he has scored just 141 runs in seven games at an average of 20.14.

Joe Root

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The former England skipper will bat at three, he scored 28 and was nutmegged by Logan Van Beek against the Netherlands. He also has endured a disappointing campaign scoring just 188 runs at an average of 26.86.

Ben Stokes

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Stokes will bat at four. He scored 108 off just 84 balls notching up his maiden World Cup ton. The England Test skipper played a big part in his team getting to 339.

Jos Buttler (C/WK)

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England skipper Jos Buttler will bat at five. He was dismissed for just five against the Netherlands. Overall, he scored 106 runs in the tournament so far ar an average of 15.14 with no fifty-plus scores.

Liam Livingstone

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Livingstone should replace Harry Brook in Kolkata. He is a handy batter down the order and can bowl both off-spin and leg spin. He can be the third spinner in the side.

Moeen Ali

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Moeen Ali should bat at seven. He scored just four off 15 against the Netherlands. Like the rest of the England players, he too has struggled. He should be a handy option with the ball on the Eden track.

Chris Woakes

Chris Woakes
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Woakes will bat at eight. He scored 51 against the Netherlands and picked a few wickets playing a part in his team’s win. With his ability to swing the new ball, he should be a handful in the opening 10 overs under lights.

David Willey

David Willey
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Willey should bat at nine. His batting at eight provides depth to the England batting lineup. He is another bowler who can swing the new ball. Unfortunately, none of the England bowlers are among the top wicket-takers.

Adil Rashid

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Rashid will lead the spin attack and should get enough purchase from the Eden track to trouble the Pakistani batters. He has taken 10 wickets from seven games so far at an average of 30.40. Overall, he has 21 World Cup wickets.

Mark Wood

Mark Wood
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Wood concludes England’s predicted XI against Pakistan. He did not play against the Netherlands but should be brought back into the playing XI. Pakistan batters have struggled against short-pitched deliveries and he should exploit that weakness.

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