World Cup 2023 – 5 England Players to Watch Out for

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The defending champion, England, is all set for the 2023 ODI World Cup. They begin their account against New Zealand at the iconic Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Can England repeat their performance from 2019?

5 England Players to Watch Out for in the World Cup 2023

England was never a great ODI team. In fact, in the 2015 ODI World Cup, the then-Eoin Morgan-led side was knocked out of the tournament in the first round after losing to Bangladesh. But the England Cricket Board stuck with Morgan and ensured the team underwent a complete restructure in white-ball cricket.

In four years, they engineered such a turnaround that England went on to win the World Cup. Here are the five players to watch out for because if they fire, England can win another World Cup:

  1. Ben Stokes
  2. Dawid Malan
  3. Moeen Ali
  4. Liam Livingstone
  5. Reece Topley

 Let us take a close look at these five England players:

Ben Stokes

Ben Stokes announced retirement from international cricket in July 2022, only to go back on his promise. He is now back in action for England, and though he is not expected to bowl, he can change the game solely based on his batting skills. 

He recently slammed 182 against New Zealand, which shows his capability. England will not miss his bowling side because they have a string of fast bowlers like David Willey and Sam Curran. The last time the World Cup happened, Stokes was at his best, winning the player of the match in the final. 

Dawid Malan

The left-handed batter recently smashed a hundred against New Zealand. And with that, he stamped his authority on the opening slot for the ODI World Cup. Malan was never the favourite for the opener role, but with Jason Roy injured, Malan had to rise to the challenge when he was promoted.

Malan is superb through the offside and never hesitates to pull the short ball on multiple occasions. He has five hundreds and as many fifties in just his 21st ODI. The white-ball specialist, who had been world number one in T20 cricket, has also been consistent in ODI cricket. He will be keen to make the best out of his golden opportunity in India.

Moeen Ali

Moeen Ali was the joint second-highest wicket-taker in the recently concluded ODI series against New Zealand. On Indian pitches, the all-rounder is bound to succeed. There are two reasons behind this: Firstly, he has played loads of IPL matches across India, so he knows the nature of the pitches. Secondly, he bowls slower through the air, which can be highly effective in India.

The 36-year-old can bat in the top five as well. Moeen can act as a finisher or bail the team out if England loses early wickets. Moeen has represented England in 132 matches, accounting for 2260 runs and 106 wickets, respectively.

Liam Livingstone

Liam Livingstone possesses brute power, which means he can muscle the ball to various parts of the ground effortlessly. He will come out to bat at six and will likely be batting with the lower order. In a high-scoring chase, he is expected to up the ante. Plus, he has experience playing the IPL, which will come in handy.

He has played 16 ODIs and scored 436 runs with an average of 39.63. But don’t judge him by his numbers; he usually bats in a position where he doesn’t get many balls to settle down. The 30-year-old is also expected to roll over his arm in the middle overs, with Moeen and Adil Rashid operating in tandem.

Reece Topley

Watch out for Reece Topley! The lanky left-armer went on to wreck India last year with an outstanding performance where he went on to pick insane figures of 6/24, which is the best ODI figures by an English bowler.

The thing about the 29-year-old is that he creates an awkward angle, which means right-handers often struggle to pick him up off his hands. Also, Topley gets a sharp bounce from the pitch since he is tall. He has 38 wickets in 26 ODIs. .

 Concluding Thoughts

England has a good combination on paper, with multiple all-rounders at their disposal. It is their biggest strength. Teams that have done well in the World Cups have always had many all-rounders. In this England team, all-rounders galore with the likes of Moeen, Livingstone, David Willey, and Sam Curran.