England’s David Mullan looks set to miss the T20 World Cup semi-final tie against India after picking up a back injury in the Super 12 final against Sri Lanka.
England beat Sri Lanka by four wickets in Sydney but did not bat after Malan was ruled out while fielding with an injury.
Vice-captain Moeen Ali has hinted that England have the depth to replace Malan, whose injury “doesn’t look good”.
“The great thing about this side is there are so many options, you can put Ben Stokes at three, you can put Phil Salt at three, me or whoever, there are so many options,” he said. “
“Mala will obviously be a huge loss because he’s a fantastic player in T20 cricket and he’s been around for a long time – that’s if he doesn’t play, I don’t really know yet. It’s very Doesn’t look good.”
Jos Buttler has played the same XI in all the matches so far during the World Cup, but he will have to decide who should replace Malan if he does not play.
If he can’t recover, then how England balance their line-up will be crucial as they have recently preferred an extra batsman, with Moeen and Liam Livingstone less than seven in the order. are
Should they stick to the same formula, Salt is an extra batsman in England’s 15-man squad and could come in as a direct replacement for Milan at number three, but England are already in Australia with their batting order. Has shown his flexibility.
Salt’s attacking instincts and improvement in his game have impressed England, and bowler Mark Wood said he had “something about him”.
“He’s been ready for a while and he’s got something about him. He’s just one of those guys who faces bowlers (in the nets). Usually batsmen are like dog sticks, But he takes on the bowlers and I think he’s taking on the bowlers. A little bit,” Wood said on Sunday.
If England want to add bowling options in Adelaide, Chris Jordan, Timmill Mills and David Willey are other options.
Moeen wary of facing ‘world’s best’ Yadav
India secured a top spot with England in the semi-finals with a convincing win over Zimbabwe on Sunday and Moeen identified Suriyakumar Yadav as the danger man in India’s batting line-up.
Rohit Sharma’s team boasts of a dangerous batting line-up, which includes world No.1 T20 batsman Yadav.
He scored a 25-ball 61 to take him past 1,000 T20 runs this year, and is aware of the threat Moin Yadav poses.
“He’s an amazing player, I think he’s the best player in the world,” Moeen said. “He has probably taken T20 cricket to another level.
“I think he’s the first of those players to go through when he’s playing well and you can’t bowl to him, it’s very difficult and a weakness doesn’t really go away.”
England have seen Yadav’s power first hand this year. He scored his maiden T20 century against England at Trent Bridge in the summer, hitting 14 fours and six sixes.
He finished with a score of 117 off 55 balls and almost led his team to a historic T20 series whitewash on English soil, but Moeen took his crucial wicket and England won 17 in the recent T20 meeting between the teams. Won by runs.
“He absolutely killed me before I could get him out,” Moin reflected. “They still needed a lot of runs and that got them close.
“Thankfully, he was tired when I got him out – I think that’s how I got him. But he played amazingly well, some of the best shots I’ve ever played. have ever seen.”
Moeen said that England are underdogs going into the semi-finals.
“This is the biggest game you can play in T20 cricket, crowd-wise and playing against a top team and cricket is such a force in India,” he said. “That’s what you want as a player.
“They will be favorites to win. This is probably the kind of game we need at the moment and if we get through, it will be a huge confidence boost for us.”
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