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ICC Cricket World Cup England Vs Afghanistan: Players To Watch Out For

It’s a battle of David and Goliath when England take on Afghanistan in the ICC Cricket World Cup. But on this occasion, the odds of Goliath winning are more. Afghanistan have suffered defeats in all 4 games while England have won 3 out of 4. The favourites are facing off vs the underdogs and barring a massive upset, expect the hosts to come out on top. In a battle of two mismatched sides, one is full of stars while the other has heart. Only one will triumph.

England take on Afghanistan


Of course England will not underestimate Afghanistan. The are more than capable of  springing up a surprise. Who knows? After all, nobody expected Pakistan to beat England either, so anything is possible. In what could be a one-sided contest, there are certain players the crowd do want to see in action. Who are these guys? Let’s find out:


1. Joe Root

Fresh from a century vs West Indies, he is in red hot form. The man is looking in good touch and is not easy to dismiss. He can play the waiting game and suddenly let loose or go big from the start. Bottom line, if he is on song, England are in the driver’s seat.

2. Ben Stokes

Is the ideal man to have around in the middle and death overs to give that late burst. Not to mention his wicket-taking abilities. There are no doubts of his class as a fielder and he is really the complete package you want in the side. 

3. Jofra Archer

Pace is the name of the game and his ability to just keep on running in makes him an asset to the side. The Afghans are not familiar with him and it shall be interesting to see what impact he has on the game. 


1. Rashid Khan

Keeps the runs down and also takes wickets. He is the man you go to when the game seems to be running away. Can also hit those big shots if needed making him an invaluable person in the side. 

2. Samiullah Shinwari

His credentials shall be put to the test against the best ODI side in the world. A good performance here would certainly elevate his status. 

3. Hashmatullah Shahidi

Afghanistan would want him to fire early on and create that advantage to push England on the defensive. He can pretty write a different script and put all plans in jeopardy for the opposition. 

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