With the ICC Champions Trophy about a month away, hosts England have announced its 15-man squad for the tournament on Tuesday. Runners up in the previous edition of the tournament, England will be looking to cross the final hurdle this time around. They have announced an explosive yet a well- balanced side this year consisting of the perfect mix of all-rounders, batsmen and bowlers suited to the modern format of limited-overs cricket.
On the basis of the players featuring in their squad, let us take a look at the playing XI they would like to field in the tournament-
Openers- Jason Roy and Alex Hales
Roy and Hales are both aggressive batsmen by nature. However, Hales does not shy away to play the second fiddle when his partner Roy is on song. It is this understanding that makes them perfect on-field partners. They have been a revelation at the top of the order for England over the past one year or so and their partnership worked well in the 2016 World T20 too. Hence, there seems to be no reason why England would want to break this partnership.
Extremely proud to be a part of this squad. Should be a quality competition on home soil. CANT WAIT. https://t.co/ZlNgc7k9Zs
— Jason Roy (@JasonRoy20) April 25, 2017
Middle Order- Joe Root, Jos Buttler and Eoin Morgan (C)
The middle order will consist of the classy and dependable Joe Root at No.3, the swashbuckling Jos Buttler and No.4 and skipper Eoin Morgan at No.5. All the three batsmen have excelled in these positions post-2015 World Cup and are expected to continue the same in this tournament as they will also enjoy home advantage as well.
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) April 25, 2017
Lower Middle Order- Ben Stokes (All-Rounder) and Moeen Ali (All-Rounder)
Stokes and Ali have always provided the cushion that is needed in a limited overs team when it comes to their all-around abilities. Both of them are equally adept with both bat and ball. Stokes’ seam bowling will play a vital role in English conditions whereas Ali’s more than effective off-spin has often turned out to be a wicket-taking option for England. Moreover, whenever the top and middle order fails to deliver, the duo is always present to save the day for their country.
Rashid has been the best spinner for England in limited overs format for the past couple of years. Although, spin is not expected to play that vital a role in English conditions, Rashid’s ability to bring in in-drift in his leg-breaks and googlies can turn out to be lethal for the opposition batsmen.
— County Championship (@CountyChamp) April 14, 2017
Pace Attack- Chris Woakes (All-Rounder), David Willey (All-Rounder) and Mark Wood
England's depth is their biggest strength that makes them a force to reckon with in this tournament. The have got players capable with the willow right up to No.11. Chris Woakes and David Willey will share the new ball whereas Mark Wood will be the third seamer. All the three players bowl at good pace and have the ability to swing the ball viciously. Moreover, their batting abilities is what makes England the top contenders for the ICC Champions Trophy this year.
England Squad for Champions Trophy 2017: Eoin Morgan (C), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.