England remain favourites to win the 2019 Cricket World Cup although they certainly haven’t had things all their own way at the competition. The Three Lions enjoyed a comfortable win over South Africa in their opening match but they were subsequently beaten by Pakistan as they failed miserably to chase down an impressive 349 from the visitors. They hit back in convincing fashion by putting Bangladesh to the sword with a 106 run victory and followed this with an eight-wicket win over West Indies. Meanwhile today’s opponents Afghanistan have struggled thus far with no points collected whatsoever, courtesy of defeats to Australia, Sri Lanka, New Zealand and South Africa. Any slight hopes that they have of reaching the semi-finals look extinguished and we don’t envisage them faring too well against the tournament hosts today.
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Top England Wicket Taker
The hosts can boast a very impressive array of bowling talent in their ranks and it is sometimes tricky to figure out just who will be the man on top in each match. Jofra Archer has certainly caught our attention this summer as the new boy continually takes wickets at crucial moments. His ability has been underlined by a trio of three wicket hauls and he will put the Afghans under huge pressure today. Archer is up for grabs at 11/4 with Coral Bookmakers to be the top wicket taker for England in this match while the likes of Mark Wood, Liam Plunkett, Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid are 7/2 apiece with the same firm. With Archer’s pace and Afghanistan’s fragility in the batting, we believe that the new boy will swell his tally of wickets and we’ll be siding with him to be top bowler in this match.
To Score A Fifty
England have already demonstrated why they are good on the bat with the hosts scoring over 300 in all-but-one of their last four. They chased down a 213 target with relative ease in their fourth and much of this is thanks to Joe Root who was elevated to opener from number three due to the absence of Jason Roy from the batting line-up. Root has thus proven himself to be an excellent opener as he helped England to an eight-wicket win over the West Indies with 100 not out from 94. Indeed he has thus far amassed an impressive 273 runs in his four innings, making an average of 93.00 and we envisage him surging past the fifty mark today as he is pushed back to his more usual position.