Sussex are going well in the T20 Blast 2019 having won two matches while one each ended in a Tie and wash out. They will face a tricky task on Friday as they host Kent who won all five matches they played and are only such team in the tournament. Sussex have delightful team news ahead of this key game in Hove. Jofra Archer will be available as the England team has released the pacer from their squad.
Chris Jordan is also returning from an injury and has been included for the 13-man squad for this game. Kent, on the other hand, has maintained a winning streak thanks to their bowling attack. Their line-up comprising of International pacers Adam Milne, Hardus Viljoen and Fred Klaassen sealed a big win on Thursday against Middlesex who had AB de Villiers, Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan and Paul Stirling.
The South Group game in the Vitality T20 Blast 2019 will be played between Sussex and Kent at the County Ground in Hove.
The match starts at 7:00 PM local time (11:30 PM IST) (6:00 PM GMT).
This game will be streamed live on Sussex County Cricket’s Website.
The County Ground in Hove will have a thing or two on offer for everyone. A bit of swing can be swing under the lights with the new ball and turn for the spinners in the second innings. It could remain flat during the first half of the game.
Average first innings score: 163 (Last seven Twenty20s)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 4, Tie – 1
Probable Playing XIs:
Luke Wright (C), Phil Salt, Laurie Evans, Alex Carey (WK), David Wiese, Rashid Khan, Chris Jordan, Jofra Archer, Tymal Mills, Danny Briggs/Delray Rawlins, Reece Topley.
Bench: Harry Finch, Will Beer, Ollie Robinson.
Daniel Bell-Drummond (C), Zak Crawley, Oliver Robinson (WK), Heino Kuhn, Mohammad Nabi, Alex Blake, Jordan Cox, Adam Milne, Hardus Viljoen, Fred Klaassen, Imran Qayyum.
Bench: Calum Haggett, Sean Dickson, Matt Milnes, Grant Stewart.
Injury and Availability News:
Jofra Archer has been released from England’s Ashes Test squad for playing this game.
Heino Kuhn in Twenty20s since 2018:
627 runs from 23 innings at an average of 34.83 with help of a century and 5 fifties.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Mohammad Nabi, Alex Carey, Heino Kuhn, David Weise, Alex Blake, Phil Salt
Vice-captain – Rashid Khan, Hardus Viljoen, Luke Wright, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Laurie Evans
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Alex Carey (C)
Batsmen – Zak Crawley, Phil Salt, Heino Kuhn, Alex Blake
All-Rounders – Mohammad Nabi, David Wiese
Bowlers – Adam Milne, Hardus Viljoen (VC), Rashid Khan, Jofra Archer
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Oliver Robinson, Alex Carey
Batsmen – Luke Wright, Zak Crawley, Heino Kuhn
All-Rounders – Mohammad Nabi (VC), David Wiese, Delray Rawlins
Bowlers – Hardus Viljoen, Rashid Khan (C), Reece Topley
Most of the International names that will represent Sussex in this game are bowlers who can bat a bit. This means Sussex could go into this game with only four specialist batsmen/keepers. If they feel that there is a need for one more batsman, Danny Briggs could make way for Delray Rawlins.
Sussex might edge out Kent due to the home advantage.
*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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