The Cricket World Cup will begin with hosts England taking on South Africa in the opening match at The Oval in London on Thursday. England, the clear favourites to win World Cup 2019, boast an incredible batting line-up that runs deep. Moreover, they are expected to have six to seven bowling options in their playing XI too. On the other hand, South Africa look solid on paper. With the likes of Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada and Imran Tahir in their ranks, South Africa’s strength clearly lies in their bowling attack. With Dale Steyn not playing in the tournament opener, there is an opportunity for Chris Morris to rise up to the occasion and shine. However, Kagiso Rabada holds the key for South Africa as he can extract pace and bounce from any track.
For England, Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy form an explosive opening pair and are expected to dominate right from the outset.
In the bowling department, Jofra Archer is the player to watch out for.
England: Eoin Morgan (capt), Jason Roy, Johny Bairstow, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Liam Dawson, James Vince, Tom Curran, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood.
South Africa: Faf du Plessis (capt), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wk), Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, JP Duminy, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dwaine Pretorius, Chris Morris, Imran Tahir.
England, under the captaincy of Eoin Morgan, will launch their World Cup 2019 campaign against South Africa at Kennington Oval, London, on Thursday. After having suffered a first-round exit in the 2015 edition of the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, England have improved tremendously in last few years and shown the world what they are capable of. In their run-up to hosting the showpiece ICC event, England climbed to the top of the One-day International (ODI) rankings and scored record highest ODI total twice, which now stands at 481 for six. Batting has been the basis of England’s ODI rejuvenation, with Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Morgan and the dynamic Jos Buttler among a top seven who can all change the course of an innings in the blink of an eye.