ICC T20 World Cup 2021 Opening batsman of England: When it comes to T20I, the English side is one of the toughest teams in the world to beat. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) will be happy to see its players consistently performing in the shortest format, especially when the T20 World Cup is approaching.
England has a well-set squad for the World Cup filled with quality players who can take away games at any moment.
Just like any other international side, England also possesses a couple of power hitters at the backend of their lineup however, the team entirely depends on the sweat timers of the ball.
In this article, we will focus more on the openers for England to play the role in the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2021, which is all set to be staged in the UAE and Oman, starting October 17.
Opening pair/batsman of England for the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 (Predicted):
Jason Roy and Jos Buttler:
The cricketing world needs no introduction to these two names. Jason Roy and Jos Buttler will be the most probable opening pair for England in the T20 World Cup.
Jason Roy has been sensational in the shortest format of cricket in the last couple of years. He has scored over 1,000 runs in the T20Is in 45 matches for England. He strikes the ball at 141, however, this number goes higher once he starts taking on the bowlers.
The cricketer has even smacked three consecutive half-centuries in the format.
Jos Buttler on the other hand has loved his time out alongside his partner Jason Roy. Buttler in one of his interviews credited his T20I form to Jason Roy.
“It’s great to open with Jason,” Buttler said. “I get on really well with him, we’ve got a nice connection going on in the middle, he’s a great person to bat with,” said Jos Buttler.
Moreover, Buttler has scored 1791 runs in 72 T20I innings for his national side England. He has 13 half-centuries under his hat and plays with a strike rate of 140.25.
Furthermore, Buttler has been a notable feature of the IPL and understands the surfaces used in the UAE, which resembles a lot to Indian surfaces.
His IPL stints will help him manipulate the opposition and provide a quick start to his team.
Can Jonny Bairstow open with Jos Buttler?
Yes, Bairstow is another option in front of the English management to open. Jonny Bairstow also possesses experience of playing in the IPL for Sunrisers Hyderabad and opens for them.
He can take up the driving seat alongside Jos Buttler to provide a brisk start to English innings.
Bairstow has featured in 48 T20I innings and amassed 1114 runs for England playing in various positions.
He was batted really well in the last T20I against Sri Lanka. He played a knock of 51 runs to help England clean sweep Sri Lanka in the T20I series.
Although these are the most probable opening choices, the English management could present a surprise element in Dawid Malan to open. A lot of these decisions will depend on the performances of the cricketers in the England vs Pakistan T20I sereis.
Opening pair/batsman of England for the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 (Predicted).