The Kiwi paceman is the third highest wicket taker in ODI cricket since the 2015 World Cup with 107 wickets in 54 matches. The left armer is also difficult to score off boasting an average of 24.59 over the same period. He’s also performed well over a small sample in England with 5 wickets in 9 matches for 26.66 average. He shared this award with Mitchell Starc back in 2015 too.
Boult took 4 for 33 in 6.2 overs in New Zealand’s warm up match against India showing he can take wickets against one of the top batting line ups in the world. If conditions are overcast at all during the World Cup which they will more than likely be at some stage he can move the ball and cause top order batsman some trouble.
Rabada is just one ODI wicket behind Trent Boult at 106 since the 2015 World Cup. The South African had an incredible 2019 IPL campaign for the Delhi Capitals where he took 25 wickets and he didn’t even play the final two matches.
He spearheads the best bowling attack in the tournament and has already had a taste of World Cup success. He led South Africa U19’s to victory back in 2014, taking 14 wickets along the way. He’s a great death bowler and boasts a brilliant yorker. He’ll be bowling in tandem with Imran Tahir who was the IPL top wicket taker, this pair won’t give batsman any respite.
Since the last World Cup no other bowler has taken more ODI wickets than England’s star spinner Adil Rashid. He’s taken 127 wickets, four more than his nearest rival. Wrist spin is vital in white-ball cricket and in Rashid England have a bowler who can dry up the runs and take wickets during any phase of the game.
Rashid is able to take wickets on any pitch and he’ll almost certainly play all of England’s matches if his shoulder twinge is ok so he should be guaranteed opportunities.