World Cup, ENG vs AFG: Toss, team news, pitch report, weather

England skipper Eoin Morgan won the toss and opted to bat against Afghanistan in Manchester.

Eoin Morgan won the toss and opted to bat.   -  REUTERS

England skipper Eoin Morgan won the toss and opted to bat against Afghanistan in Manchester.

Team news: Eoin Morgan is fit and will lead England in today's match. Vince replaces Roy and Moeen is in for Plunkett. Three changes for Afghanistan, Dawlat, Najibullah and Mujeeb are playing - Aftab, Zazai and Hamid are not playing.

Pitch report: This is a used pitch, the same track on which India-Pakistan match was played. It is very dry, the grass colour is dry, there should be some turn on offer, but it's a great batting wicket, adds Michael Clarke.

Weather: "Finger crossed, we have good weather today," says Mike Atherton


Gulbadin Naib: We would have batted first as well, looks a good wicket, slightly Asian conditions. We are disappointed with our batting, have not even played 40 overs, we have a good chance to restrict them to a good defendable score.

Eoin Morgan: We will bat first. It's a used wicket, they have done magnificently well to prepare the pitch, looks like a good wicket, played well the other day, carry for the seamers and turn for the spinners.

Playing XIs:

England (Playing XI): Jonny Bairstow, James Vince, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood

Afghanistan (Playing XI): Rahmat Shah, Noor Ali Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Ikram Ali Khil(w), Gulbadin Naib(c), Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Dawlat Zadran

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