England begin T20 World Cup campaign against Afghanistan on October 22; Nasser Hussain and Mark Butcher reveal what XIs they would pick, deciding who partners Jos Buttler up top and who completes bowling attack – watch T20 World Cup live on Sky Sports from October 16
Nasser Hussain reveals which XI he would pick for England’s T20 World Cup opener against Afghanistan on October 22
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England’s T20 World Cup squad
Jos Buttler (captain), Moeen Ali, Harry Brook, Sam Curran, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Phil Salt, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood. Travelling reserves: Liam Dawson, Richard Gleeson, Tymal Mills
Nasser Hussain says…
“If you pick all your batters and have Moeen Ali or Liam Livingstone at No 7, you need your best bowlers irrespective of if they bat or not.
“For me, England’s four best bowlers are Mark Wood – that’s a given with his pace and X factor – Adil Rashid with his variations and ability at the death, Reece Topley with the way he has come on this year, has the left-arm angle and takes wickets up front, and then I’d go Jordan.
“You have to remember that in the last two T20 Worlds Cups, England have lost them through their death bowling. Ben Stokes in 2016 with Carlos Brathwaite’s four sixes and Jordan in 2021 against New Zealand, so it is an area of concern. England need to sort it out.
“However, I feel Jordan this summer got it right, was getting back to his best. He has experience and has been a constant under Eoin Morgan and now Buttler’s captaincy. I am not concerned about the new-ball bowling as Wood and Topley have done very well there.
“The other option is to leave a batter out – there are a lot of batters in there – and play Sam Curran. He is an exceptional all-round cricketer and gives you options bowling at the death.
“It’s whether you go the Morgan template of the extra batter – some of the batters bowl in Stokes, Livingstone and Moeen – or you play the extra bowler because in Australia you feel that you need a safety blanket.
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“With Brook, I think this Pakistan series is the first time in his fledgling England career that he has been able to give people the idea of what he can do. He is a very special player.
“People at Yorkshire will know he is a considerable talent but sometimes it can be difficult to translate that into tangible performances in an England shirt but he has done that in spades. For me, he gets in the team.
“In terms of the openers, Salt is very much the coming man but England have picked Hales because of his record in Australia, the fact he has over 10,000 T20 runs and is arguably playing the cricket of his life.
“They want that big presence at the top of the order to intimidate opposition bowling attacks and I don’t think anything has changed there, I don’t see Hales on the bench. But if Hales falters Salt is ready to come in.”