As we embark on this journey of the T20 Blast 2019, the competition will only get intense with every progressing day. A total of 18 teams compete hard to lift one trophy. Thus, the success rate is quite minimal and the margin of error is very small. So, teams can’t get complacent at any stage of the tournament and will have to fight hard on every instance.
Lancashire and Worcestershire have done well on that front thus far. While it is still quite early in the tournament, they’d pride themselves for being in the upper half of the points table. Yet, to maintain this spot, they will have to keep up with the consistency and play good cricket when they come face-to-face in the next game as well. Liam Livingstone’s return is a big boost for Lancashire.
The North Group game in the Vitality T20 Blast 2019 will be played between Lancashire and Worcestershire at the Old Trafford in Manchester.
The match starts at 6:30 PM local time (11:00 PM IST) (5:30 PM GMT). This game will be streamed live on Lancashire Cricket Club’s YouTube channel.
Whenever the Old Trafford hosted in dry conditions, the batsmen producing run-fest. The batters would love the bounce on this track and is usually a high scoring venue. A minimum of 175 is required from the team batting first to have a chance of winning.
Average first innings score: 167 (Last six T20 Blast matches)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 4
Probable Playing XIs:
Alex Davies, Liam Livingstone, Steven Croft, Glenn Maxwell, Dane Vilas (C), Josh Bohannon, Keaton Jennings, James Faulkner, Saqib Mahmood, Richard Gleeson, Matt Parkinson.
Bench: Danny Lamb, Toby Lester, Rob Jones, Stephen Parry.
Martin Guptill, Rikkie Wessels, Moeen Ali (C), Callum Ferguson, Daryll Mitchell, Ben Cox (wk), Ross Whiteley, Ed Barnard, Wayne Parnell, Patrick Brown, Dillon Pennington.
Bench: Brett D’Oliveira, Adam Finch.
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Glenn Maxwell in 2019 in Twenty20 format:
With bat – 528 runs from 13 innings at an average of 52.8 with help of four fifties and a hundred
With ball – 2 wickets from 8 innings at an average of 66.5.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain options – Glenn Maxwell, Moeen Ali, Steven Croft, Martin Guptill, Dane Villas
Vice-captain options – Liam Livingstone, Rikkie Wessels, James Faulkner, Ed Barnard, Alex Davies
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Dane Vilas
Batsmen – Martin Guptill, Rikkie Wessels, Alex Davies
All-Rounders – Steven Croft, Moeen Ali (C), Glenn Maxwell (VC)
Bowlers – Richard Gleeson, Saqib Mahmood, Ed Barnard, Patrick Brown
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Dane Vilas
Batsmen – Martin Guptill (C), Rikkie Wessels, Liam Livingstone (VC)
All-Rounders – James Faulkner, Moeen Ali, Glenn Maxwell
Bowlers – Richard Gleeson, Saqib Mahmood, Dillon Pennington, Patrick Brown
Worcestershire has not played a game since the last Friday and has not announced their squad for this game. However, in all likelihood, they are expected to go with the same squad. They won the first game against Nottinghamshire quite comfortably while the second game against Birmingham Bears got abandoned.
The defending champions Worcestershire might find it tough to beat Lancashire.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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