Cricket World Cup: England must find way to bring in Moeen Ali ahead of Sri Lanka showdown | Cricket News

“England faces critical decisions ahead of their match against Sri Lanka on Thursday, with Kate Cross emphasizing the need to address concerns in the number 7 role and consider reintroducing Moeen Ali to the lineup.

After losing three out of their four opening matches, the 2019 champions find themselves at the bottom of the 10-team table with only two points. Their recent 229-run defeat to South Africa, the heaviest in their ODI history, has significantly jeopardized their chances of defending the trophy.

With the requirement of likely securing five wins from their remaining group-stage matches, starting with Sri Lanka, team selection becomes crucial, according to Cross.

“The number 7 role is one they can’t quite get the balance right,” Cross stated. She highlighted the importance of the coaching staff reassessing their decision-making process and adapting to the pitch conditions for Thursday’s game.



Considering potential changes, Cross suggested, “Brydon (Carse) probably won’t be able to play on Thursday, so for me, I think you need to try and get Moeen Ali back in the team.”

Expressing sympathy for Reece Topley, who was ruled out of the remainder of the Cricket World Cup due to a fractured left index finger, Cross acknowledged the challenges of overcoming injuries, particularly after Topley’s previous battle with a back injury.

As England prepares to face Sri Lanka in a crucial fixture on Thursday in Bangalore, the team must carefully consider their lineup to revive their competition hopes. The match will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Cricket from 9 am, with the first ball scheduled for 9:30 am.”



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