Essex will host Hampshire in the T20 Blast game on Thursday at the County Ground in Chelmsford. Both the teams are in a similar position as they won only one game thus far. Both sides had a one washed out game and two defeats after four matches. Hampshire’s win came in their recent most game against Somerset while Essex won their home fixture against Surrey.
Essex will finally able to utilize the services of Pakistan’s Mohammad Amir. The left-arm pacer, who announced his Test retirement recently, was awaiting for clearance of his sporting visa to represent Essex. However, the home side will take the field with a rather weaker batting line-up. Both Ravi Bopara and Varun Chopra have been dropped from the squad following their failures with the bat.
The South Group game in the Vitality T20 Blast 2019 will be played between Essex and Hampshire at the County Ground in Chelmsford.
The match starts at 7:00 PM local time (11:30 PM IST) (6:00 PM GMT).
This game will be streamed live on Essex County Club’s YouTube Channel.
The two games that the County Ground in Chelmsford is usually a high-scoring venue. The venue’s reputation as a batting paradise improved in the last two weeks. The venue was the host for a 15 overs-a-side game between Essex and Surrey that aggregated a record 400 runs. A week after this, Meg Lanning recorded the highest individual Women’s T20I score and power her team to a record total.
Average first innings score: 176 (Unaffected T20 Blast matches since 2018)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 3
Probable Playing XIs:
Cameron Delport, Tom Westley, Ryan ten Doeschate, Daniel Lawrence, Paul Walter, Adam Wheater (WK), Simon Harmer (C), Mohammad Amir, Matthew Quinn, Adam Zampa, Aaron Beard/Sam Cook.
Bench: Aaron Beard/Sam Cook, Shane Snater.
Aneurin Donald, Rilee Rossouw, James Vince (C), Sam Northeast, Liam Dawson, Chris Morris, James Fuller, Lewis McManus (WK), Chris Wood, Kyle Abbott, Mason Crane.
Bench: Brad Taylor, Tom Alsop, Ryan Stevenson.
Injury and Availability News:
Mohammad Amir is cleared to play for Essex.
Matt Quinn in Twenty20s since December 2018:
17 wickets from 11 Twenty20 games at an average of 19.58 and a strike rate of 14.88.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Rilee Rossouw, Cameron Delport, Liam Dawson, Tom Westley, James Vince
Vice-captain– Ryan ten Doeschate, Chris Morris, Mohammad Amir, Aneurin Donald, Daniel Lawrence
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Lewis McManus
Batsmen – Aneurin Donald, Rilee Rossouw, Cameron Delport (C), Daniel Lawrence
All-Rounders – Ryan ten Doeschate, Chris Morris, Liam Dawson (VC)
Bowlers – Mohammad Amir, Matt Quinn, Chris Wood
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Adam Wheater
Batsmen – Rilee Rossouw, Cameron Delport, Tom Westley (C), James Vince (VC)
All-Rounders – Chris Morris, Liam Dawson
Bowlers – Mohammad Amir, Matt Quinn, Chris Wood, Mason Crane
Batsmen options on either side have been quite inconsistent in this tournament. However, most of them have the ability to produce a big knock like Cameron Delport’s 129 against Surrey. He, Rilee Rossouw and Daniel Lawrence will be first preferred batters considering their performances in the tournament.
Essex might struggle against Hampshire due to lack of depth in their batting.
*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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