England, who will enter the ICC World Cup 2019 as the favourites, will pit against South Africa in the campaign opener at the Kennington Oval in London on May 30 (Thursday). Both the sides will look to get off to a winnings start in this long tournament.
England will hope for a possitive start
Eoin Morgan & Co are top-ranked ODI side and have looked invincible in the last few years. They have depth in their batting order and some quality bowlers who can back them up. Meanwhile, all eyes will be on Jofra Archer who will look to make a mark in the biggest stage. On the other hand, Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, and Jos Buttler have been among the runs which will give the host an advantage over South Africa.
Here is the predicted playing XI of England against South Africa at the Kennington Oval in London:
Jason Roy has been in scintillating form leading to the World Cup. He has been one of the top-scorers since their ouster from the 2015 World Cup. Roy will hope to keep up the good form and help England get off to a winning start.
Jonny Bairstow will enter the tournament on the back of some heavy knocks in the IPL. The wicket-keeper batsman is one of the dangerous batters in the world, and the management will want him to be in top form in the World Cup.
Joe Root has been the highest run-scorer for England since their ouster from the group stages in the 2015 World Cup. Root will be a crucial campaigner for England as he can keep the scoreboard ticking and accelerate at his own will.
Eoin Morgan has led this team from the front and is responsible for the transition of this team. Besides, he has been a force to reckon with the bat and has provided stability in the middle order. Morgan will look to keep up the job he has been doing in the last four years.
Jos Buttler is one of the fiercest batters in the cricketing world and will play a significant role in England’s chances lifting their first World Cup. Buttler has been in good form in the last year, and Morgan will want him to continue the job he has been doing since well.
Ben Stokes is one of the best all-rounders in the world currently. He can contribute to all departments, which will add value to the team. Stokes has not been in the best of touches and will want to hit the strides soon.
Moeen Ali had a good IPL with the Royal Challengers Bangalore and will look to give his best in the marquee event as England look to lift their first World Cup title. Along with his bat, Ali’s gentle off-spin will play a massive part in the middle overs.
Chris Woakes has been in good form with the ball as he finished the series against Pakistan with a five-wicket haul. Woakes is a seasoned campaigner and will hope to make a mark in this World Cup. Besides, he can also chip in with the bat, which will add to the England side.
Adil Rashid is a genuine match-winner with his leg-spin. He has been a crucial campaigner for England in the last few years and will hope to continue his job as the spinners are likely to be deciding factors.
All eyes will be on Jofra Archer who impressed with consistent pace and line and length. The Barbados-born cricketer has impressed all over the globe playing T20 cricket and now will look to do the same for his country.
Mark Wood sustained an injury during the warm-up games; however, has recovered well in time to be available for the tournament opener against South Africa. The tall and lanky fast bowler can generate good pace and will have to provide wickets with the new ball to keep England in the hunt.