Mohammad Nabi, the Afghanistan captain:
“Good start to the tournament… We didn’t put up a good score. England is the best T20 team in the world, and recently they played good cricket against Australia and Pakistan. The boys played really well. [There were] two or three good catches; we thought 145 would be a good total to fight. This is our plan: put a good total on the board. We have good spinners – me, Rashid, and Mujeeb – who play the Big Bash here. We’ll learn and we hope we improve in the next game”
Jos Buttler, the winning captain:
“Coming into the tournament, there were a few nerves. To get out there and get a win was fantastic. There were [fantastic catches]! I thought it was a fantastic effort. I enjoyed that [his own catch]. Mark Wood is always fun to keep wicket to… It is very vital to have someone who can bowl at that express pace. He is a great asset. [Sam Curran] has got a great character for death-bowling. We know it’s a really tough period of the game to bowl in. It goes against you… Felt like the ball swung early. We were challenged and felt like we had to pay respects to the bowlers. Could have been more fluent, but full credit to Afghanistan”
Sam Curran is the Player of the Match for his 5 for 10:
“We saw the way the Afghanistan team made it quite tricky towards the end. They have world-class spinners… You’ve seen in the qualifying groups, with the West Indies missing out that any team can… Hopefully, we can keep playing with confidence and keep winning. To come here and start with a win is great. Ireland will be another tricky game. I was just trying to be as adaptable as possible. Trying to get better in different phases of the game. Really enjoying my cricket at the moment”
The Afghanistan team has not played a t20i match in Perth Stadium, which means it will be their first-ever t20i match on this ground. England, they have the luxury of posting the highest total of the venue which is 208 scored against the home team in the current month. AD Hales is the second top runs scorer of the venue 84 in an innings. JC Buttler scored 68.
England vs Afghanistan Highlights today. 14th Match, Group 1 (N), Perth Stadium, Saturday 22-10-2022, ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022.
Toss: Buttler chose to bowl first.
Buttler says England “would like a chase”. Woakes is fit and England have gone with the extra batter, so there’s no place for Jordan in the XI. “We’ve got a lot of talent in the group, a lot of match-winners, we want to go out and express ourselves.”
Mohammad Nabi isn’t unhappy to be batting. “The plan was to put a score on the board, put them under pressure,” he says. Afghanistan have picked Usman Ghani ahead of Darwish Rasooli in the middle order, as well as another left-arm seamer in Fareed Ahmed.
England team: 1 Jos Buttler (capt & wk), 2 Alex Hales, 3 Dawid Malan, 4 Ben Stokes, 5 Harry Brook, 6 Liam Livingstone, 7 Moeen Ali, 8 Sam Curran, 9 Chris Woakes, 10 Adil Rashid, 11 Mark Wood
Afghanistan team: 1 Hazratullah Zazai, 2 Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), 3 Ibrahim Zadran, 4 Usman Ghani, 5 Najibullah Zadran, 6 Mohammad Nabi (capt), 7 Azmatullah Omarzai, 8 Rashid Khan, 9 Mujeeb Ur Rahman, 10 Fareed Ahmed, 11 Fazalhaq Farooqi
Head to Head In T20I’s: 2
England Won: 2
Afghanistan Won: 0
England T20I Rankings: 2nd
Afghanistan T20I Rankings: 10th
(last five completed Tests, most recent first)
Match Timings: 11:00 AM GMT | 7:00 PM Local
Umpires – Aleem Dar, Chris Brown
TV Umpire – Paul Reiffel
Match Referee – Andy Pycroft
Reserve Umpire – Paul Wilson
Match number – T20I no. 1840