Essex has won only one of their five matches in this T20 Blast, that too in a game against Surrey that was reduced to 15 overs-a-side. It was also the only game where they put on a collective effort with the bat. They will be looking to turn the things around as early as possible but their current squad has no depth in the batting which is a big concern for them.
They will tour Bristol to face Gloucestershire on Friday. The Michael Klinger-led team has not lost even one game in this tournament. Though they won only one out of four matches, Gloucester’s two other games ended without result including once where they were dominating the game. They survived a scare of losing for the first time if not for an Andrew Tye blitz towards the ended the game on a Tie.
The South Group game in the Vitality T20 Blast 2019 will be played between Gloucestershire and Essex at the County Ground in Bristol.
The match starts at 6:30 PM local time (11:00 PM IST) (5:30 PM GMT).
The County Ground in Bristol will host its first Twenty20 this season. The venue already stood host for World Cup and a Women’s Ashes T20I earlier this week. There was a considerable amount of help for the spinners especially at the fag end of the match.
Average first innings score: 192 (Unaffected T20 matches in 2018)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 3
Probable Playing XIs:
Michael Klinger (C), Miles Hammond, Ian Cockbain, Benny Howell, James Bracey (WK), Ryan Higgins, Jack Taylor, Graeme van Buuren, Andrew Tye, Tom Smith, David Payne.
Bench: Chris Liddle, George Hankins.
Cameron Delport, Tom Westley, Adam Wheater (WK), Ryan ten Doeschate, Daniel Lawrence, Paul Walter, Shane Snater, Simon Harmer (C), Mohammad Amir, Matthew Quinn, Adam Zampa.
Bench: Aaron Beard, Sam Cook.
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Mohammad Amir in Twenty20s since April 2018:
28 wickets from 17 Twenty20 games at an average of 16.18 and a strike rate of 13.54.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Benny Howell, Cameron Delport, Ian Cockbain, Tom Westley, Ryan Higgins
Vice-captain– Ryan ten Doeschate, Miles Hammond, Mohammad Amir, Andrew Tye
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Adam Wheater
Batsmen – Tom Westley (VC), Ian Cockbain, Daniel Lawrence
All-Rounders – Ryan ten Doeschate, Ryan Higgins, Benny Howell (C)
Bowlers – Mohammad Amir, Matt Quinn, Andrew Tye, David Payne
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Adam Wheater
Batsmen – Cameron Delport (VC), Ian Cockbain (C), Daniel Lawrence, Miles Hammond
All-Rounders – Ryan ten Doeschate, Ryan Higgins, Benny Howell
Bowlers – Mohammad Amir, David Payne, Shane Snater
The batsmen of both teams have been more of hit or miss in the tournament. However, in general, Essex’s Tom Westley and Gloucestershire’s Ian Cockbain have put their teams on the safe side in the past.
Essex might struggle against Gloucestershire as well due to lack of depth in the 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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