With the announcement of the T20 world cup 2021 schedule, all the excitement has come alive and cricket fans all over the world are looking forward to watching the ICC tournament after a gap of two years because of the Covid19 pandemic restrictions. Most of the competing teams have announced their squad for the world cup and are in the process of finalizing their playing XI. Every squad will consist of reserve players owing to the COVID-19 protocols. T20 world cup teams’ squad selection is a tedious process and involves deep analysis for getting the right team combination to get the best results during the tournament.
Listed below are some of the strongest playing XIs of the teams competing in the upcoming T20 ICC World Cup 2021:
England will miss out on two of their key players Ben Stokes and Archer in the T20 World Cup but they have an explosive opening pair in the form of Jason Roy and Jos Butler. Malan would play at number three spot hard hitters Bairstow and Livingstone would bat at number four and five respectively. The English skipper Morgan will bat slightly down the order at number six as a finisher. England’s all-rounder Moeen Ali will bat at number seven followed by the bowlers. Chris Jordan, Chris Woakes, and Mark Wood will be the pace bowlers and the trustworthy bowler Adil Rashid would be their spinner.
Predicted Playing XI for England in ICC World Cup 2021: Eoin Morgan (Captain), Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (WK), Chris Jordan, David Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Eoin Morgan (C), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
Australia is going into the T20 World Cup as one of the favorites even though they haven’t performed too well in the last seven tournaments. Some of their key players are making a comeback in the Australian squad and this is the major reason for their popularity in the upcoming championship. The Australian team is betting big on one of the best opening pairs Warner and Finch to steer them to victory in the opening matches of the World Cup. Steve Smith is expected to bat at number three followed by M. Marsh at number four as he is in good form. Glenn Maxwell will take on the role of a finisher by batting at number five. The all-rounder Marcus Stoinis is expected to bat at the bottom to induce some firepower towards the end.
The Australian wicketkeeper Josh Inglis is all set to make his debut in the T20 World Cup and Starc and Cummins will be the seasoned pacers for the team. The spinners Agar and Zampa are in good form and are expected to create magic on the field with their spin bowling attack.
Predicted Playing XI for Australia in ICC World Cup 2021: Aaron Finch (Captain), David Warner, Steve Smith, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Josh Inglis (WK), Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampan
Indian cricket has never been short of options when it comes to selecting their playing XI because of their strong bench strength. Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul are all set to open the innings for India, followed by Captain Virat Kohli who will bat his favorite number three position. Suryakumar Yadav will bat at number four, and the talented Rishabh Pant is likely to bat at number five as a finisher. The experienced all-rounders Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja would be batting at number six and number seven respectively.
The Indian spinners will have enough opportunities to experiment with improvisation owing to the pitch situation of the UAE cricket grounds. India’s seasoned pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah are all set to make life difficult for the batsmen and Ravi Ashwin will lead the spin attack to get some quick wickets.
Predicted Playing XI for India in ICC World Cup 2021: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul (WK), Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravi Ashwin, Rahul Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah
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