England face India in a top-of-the-table clash at the 2019 Cricket World Cup semi-final at Edgbaston on Thursday, and the English are sweating on inju
England face India in a top-of-the-table clash at the 2019 Cricket World Cup semi-final at Edgbaston on Thursday, and the English are sweating on injuries to two of their leading players.
England skipper Eoin Morgan has declared himself fit, but all-rounder Ben Stokes is nursing an injured shoulder, while fast bowler Mark Wood has a sore foot. Both players were key contributions in England’s dramatic win over New Zealand in the previous game.It remains to be seen if either player will feature in Thursday’s mouth-watering encounter.
England’s decision to go with a spin-heavy attack paid effortless dividends against the Kiwis, but the spin quartet of Adil Rashid, Moeen Ali, Joe Denly and Liam Dawson may have to take a backseat against the Indians, who have formidable batsmen capable of going after spin.
India have slumped to three straight defeats in the tournament, but the run-scoring talisman Virat Kohli has rediscovered his touch in the most recent games, smashing four-consecutive half-centuries. Furthermore, the elegant stroke-maker Rohit Sharma too has looked in imperious touch and will be confident of solving the spin conundrum that derailed the Indians in their previous outing.
Overall, both teams have a wealth of match-winning options on offer and regardless of how events unfold around the Stokes-Wood injury dramas, this much-anticipated clash is guaranteed to be a tantalising affair.
England sweat on injuries as India await in blockbuster semi-final
The much-anticipated semifinal between England and India is fast-approaching and both teams will be looking to make sure they put their best foot forward in this blockbuster encounter. However, injuries have been a major concern for the English side ahead of the game, leaving many of the players in doubt for selection.
Injury Concerns for England
The England squad have had numerous injury worries in the run-up to this match, with the likes of James Anderson and Chris Woakes both struggling with various issues. Others such as Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes and Mark Wood have also had minor problems managing fitness and are also in doubt.
India Looking in Good Shape
In comparison, India have not had as many injury woes, with the majority of the team being available for selection. The in-form Shikhar Dhawan and Jasprit Bumrah are both fit and ready to go, while the experienced players such as Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja will be looking to send their team to the final.
The two main bolters for England will be Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes. Stokes has been troublesome with fitness issues and it will be up to him to step up and make the difference against the Indian attack. Woakes has also been struggling but is a key hitter down the order and his death bowling will be integral if England are to make it to the final.
In terms of India, it will be the trio of Kohli, Sharma and Jadeja who will decide the fate of the match. All three have been in good form with the bat and have the ability to take the game away from England. Their bowling has also been consistently decent and it will be up to them to ensure India reach their first World Cup final in 11 years.
England will be desperately hoping their injury worries will not affect their chances of reaching the final as they face a strong Indian side. It will be up to the key players on either side to make sure they can deliver the goods and come out on top in what promises to be a mouth-watering semifinal.