Rohit Sharma, Pat Cummins, and Jos Buttler face-off as we do a detailed squad list comparison for England, India, and Australia for the ODI World Cup 2023.
If we talk about the best teams in ODI cricket currently, look no other than the big three, India, England, and Australia. These three teams have been performing exceptionally well in ODIs in the last few years, and the only other team to come close other than these three is Pakistan.
With the 2023 ODI World Cup set to be played in India, all teams will get a good mix of spin as well as pace-friendly conditions. Thankfully, these three teams have the right mix of players who can perform well under both these conditions – be it spin-friendly or pace-friendly conditions.
But how does the squad stack up for India, England, and Australia for ODI World Cup 2023 under different categories? Well, let’s look at the detailed ODI World Cup 2023 squad comparison under the openers, batters, wicket-keepers, all-rounders, and bowlers category for all three teams.
ODI World Cup 2023: Squad Comparison for India, England & Australia
If we talk about the openers of the three teams, we have Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill as the primary openers for India. For England, we have Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow. Whereas for Australia, we have David Warner and Travis Head. In terms of backups, India has Ishan Kishan. For England, there’s Dawid Malan, and for Australia, there’s Cameron Green. Of the three teams, India seem to have the best opening combination with England and Australia following them.
In terms of other batters, India have three good options in the form of Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, and Suryakumar Yadav. Whereas in England, there’s only Joe Root, and for Australia, there’s only Steve Smith. The reason why England and Australia have fewer other batters is because they have more all-rounders in their side.
Coming to wicket-keepers, India have two good options in the form of KL Rahul and Ishan Kishan. Whereas England have Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow, and Australia have Alex Carey and Josh Inglis. Of the three teams, England have quality wicket-keepers with Australia and India following them respectively.
All-rounders are key players in any team, and pace all-rounders may play an important role in pace-friendly conditions. Seeing the pace-rounders in each team, India have only one option in the form of Hardik Pandya. Whereas England have Chris Woakes, David Willey, Sam Curran, and Ben Stokes. Whereas Australia have three options in the form of Mitchell Marsh, Cameron Green, and Marcus Stoinis.
In terms of spin all-rounders, Team India have Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel. Whereas England have Moeen Ali and Liam Livingstone, and Australia have Ashton Agar and Glenn Maxwell. In terms of quality, India have the best all-rounders with England and Australia following them respectively.
Coming to spinners, India have three solid options in the form of Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, and Axar Patel. England have Adil Rashid, Moeen Ali, and Liam Livingstone. Whereas Australia have Adam Zampa, Ashton Agar, and Glenn Maxwell. This is an area where all three teams seem to have a similar potential set of spinners.
The Pace department is an area where all three teams have solid options. But, if we review the pacers of all three teams, there’s Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, and Hardik Pandya for Team India. Of the five pacers, Bumrah and Siraj are all phase bowlers. Whereas Hardik and Shami are powerplay specialists, and Shardul is a middle overs specialist.
For England, there’s Mark Wood, Gus Atkinson, Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Ben Stokes, and Reece Topley, and David Willey. Of the seven pacers, Mark Wood and Gut Atkinson are all phase bowlers, and Woakes, Willey, and Curran are more of powerplay and death overs bowlers. Whereas Stokes is more of a middle overs bowler, and Topley is more of a death overs bowler.
Finally, talking about Australia, there’s Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Sean Abbott, Mitchell Marsh, Cameron Green, and Marcus Stoinis. With solid seven options in place, there’s no doubt on their pacers’ quality. However, of the seven pacers, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, and Josh Hazlewood remain the best first-choice pacers. Watch this space as we explore more on other teams.
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