England Playing 11 vs Afghanistan : England take on Afghanistan in match 13 of the ICC World Cup 2023 on Sunday, October 15. The match starts at 2 pm IST in Delhi and is an uphill task for Afghanistan who are yet to win a World Cup game since the last edition of the World Cup. 

England started their campaign with a loss against the New Zealand National Team. They bounced back brilliantly with a 137-run win over Bangladesh in their next match. Ben Stokes did not play the first two games and his inclusion in the side seems to be a major problem for his team. Stokes is struggling with a hip injury and there is no update as yet whether he will play the next game against Afghanistan. 

England will be led by Jos Buttler. Ben Stokes has come out of retirement to play the ODI World Cup for his side. Joe Root too is a part of the side as is Harry Brook who was a late entrant into the side. The England batters have shared the responsibility of run-scoring so far in the tournament. 

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The presence of all-rounders in the England lineup adds to the mix of the group and adds to the batting depth as well They bat till number eight or nine Adil Rashid is capable of using the long handle as well. 

It is England’s batting depth that sets them apart from the rest of the teams in the competition. They have been playing with an aggressive approach for the last couple of years and have been reasonably successful at it. In this article, we take a look at England’s playing XI against Afghanistan. In case Stokes is still unfit, they can play the same side that they played against Bangladesh. 

England Playing 11 vs Afghanistan– ICC World Cup 2023, Match 13

Jonny Bairstow

Jonny Bairstow
Jonny Bairstow (Image Credits: Twitter)

Bairstow will open the batting. He scored 33 in the game against New Zealand and followed it up with a 52 against Bangladesh. He has not been at his attacking best yet and would like to make his opportunity count against Afghanistan.

Dawid Malan 

Dawid Malan
Dawid Malan (Credits: Twitter)

Malan will open the batting with Bairstow. He is fresh off a 140 in the last match against Bangladesh after he scored just 14 against the Kiwis. He is amongst the top run-getters in the tournament so far. He will be sizing up another big score against Afghanistan. 

Joe Root 

Joe Root
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Joe Root will bat at number three. He scored 77 against England and 82 against Bangladesh. He has the necessary experience to counter the spin threat of Afghanistan. The former skipper has brought about a big change in his white-ball game in recent times. 

Harry Brook / Ben Stokes

Harry Brook
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Brook will slot in at four. He scored 25 off 16 balls against New Zealand and 20 off 15 balls against Bangladesh. He will have to sit out if Ben Stokes gets fit to play. In case he doesn’t Brook gets another game. 

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