New Delhi: The main tournament of the T20 World Cup will start with the match between England and Afghanistan on Saturday. This match will be played at Optus Stadium Burswood. However, England’s concern has increased before the opening match.
England seamer all-rounder Chris Woakes is in doubt for the T20 World Cup opener against Afghanistan. Woakes is battling quad stiffness. His injury could raise concerns for England in the powerplay and death overs.
Seamer Reece Topley, who has been in form for the entire tournament, is already out. Woakes appeared for a fitness test on the field on Friday afternoon. Woakes worked out under the watchful eyes of a medical expert from England. Tymal Mills, a left-hander who replaced Topley, took a run-up on the field after recovering from a toe injury. He was looking much better.
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Don’t want to risk Woakes
England captain Jos Buttler said, “At Woakes you don’t want to take the risk, but I think he is feeling good. He will take full part in the training today and is expected to do well. “He is clearly a key player for us.” Woakes is very effective during the powerplay. He picked up three wickets in the third T20I against Australia in Canberra. He could be England’s best new bowler. He took 3 wickets for 4 runs in just 2 overs. In the seventh T20I against Pakistan, he took 3 wickets including Babar Azam in the first over, giving England a big win.
we are a dangerous team
“We are all very disappointed for him,” Butler said of Topley, adding that this year, an England bowler has taken the most wickets in 17 T20Is. When asked if he thinks England is a favourite, Buttler said, “He likes to tag Australia. Butler said- “I think we are a dangerous team with players who can win matches on their own and that is a big deal in T20 cricket. “We have a lot of options for the path we want to go. I have a lot of faith in the team.”