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Cricket World Cup tips: Best bets for England v Afghanistan

13 Oct | BY Adrian Mills | MIN READ TIME |
Cricket World Cup tips: Best bets for England v Afghanistan

Adrian Mills has picked out three bets as England face Afghanistan on Sunday.

England got their title defence off to the worst possible start at this year’s World Cup, losing by nine wickets to New Zealand.

However, they bounced back with a comfortable success against Bangladesh last time out and are heavy favourites to make it two wins on the bounce against an Afghanistan team that have struggled at this year’s event.

The Asian side have lost by six wickets to Bangladesh and by eight wickets to hosts India, never looking competitive in either match-up.

England have comfortably won all six meetings between these two teams and it will have to be something special from Afghanistan if they are to get their first victory on the board.

Consistent Root to star once more

While England’s batting line-up does contain plenty of big hitters with impressive strike-rates, now veteran Joe Root has found another way to be successful.

The Yorkshireman’s ability to use the whole ground to score makes him difficult to contain and he has scores of 77 and 82 at this tournament so far.

His record in this country and format is strong, he has five half-centuries from eight ODI innings in India, averaging 64.86 overall.

The vastly-experienced number three is fancied to star again and can be England’s top batter in this match-up.

Captain to shine again

One positive among the negatives in Afghanistan’s performances at this year’s World Cup has been the batting efforts of captain Hashmatullah Shahidi.

He managed a knock of 80 against India last time out, taking him to three half-centuries from his last four ODI innings.

Shahidi also top-scored with 76 last time his country faced England in this format at the 2019 World Cup and is fancied to repeat the trick in this clash, with question marks about the form of some of his team-mates.

Brook’s issues could go on

Much was made of Harry Brook’s initial omission from England’s squad for the World Cup and he was eventually given the nod ahead of Jason Roy.

However, the 24-year-old middle-order batter has struggled to prove the value of that decision with some disappointing performances recently.

It is now eight innings without a score above 25 for the middle-order batter and his IPL record also gives pause to those backing him to have a big performance in this clash.

Brook managed just one score above 27 in 11 innings at this year’s IPL and looks likely to go under the line of 29.5 runs in this one.

BEST BETS

Joe Root top England batter @ 11/4  

Hashmatullah Shahidi top Afghanistan batter @ 9/2

Harry Brook under 29.5 runs @ 5/6

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