England dominance

The record win against Oman has put England’s fate back in their own hands. Group-toppers Australia remain undefeated, but a massive jump in England’s NRR – from -1.8 before the match to +3.08 after the match – has ensured they need a win against already-eliminated Namibia to make the Super 8s.

The defending champions were put through a stern test in a rain-hit tournament opener against Scotland before Australia posted the only 200-run total so far in this World Cup. After a poor start to their campaign, England produced a brilliant all-round performance against Oman to bowl them out for 47 and then reach the target with less than 20 balls to spare.

In contrast, their opponents on Sunday, Namibia, won the Super Over against Oman but lost a tight contest.

England’s NRR is currently well above second-placed Scotland’s 2.16, and they need only one win to move ahead, unless the neighbours pull off some magic the next day, adding another chapter to a series of early upsets in this World Cup.

When: Saturday, June 15, 5pm GMT | 1pm local

What to expect: The Antigua wicket has been more favourable to pacers (21 wickets) than spinners (11 wickets) in this World Cup. All three games here have been won by teams chasing targets. There is a slight chance of rain before the official start time, and the captain winning the toss should have no hesitation in opting to field first to make the most of the conditions.


Injuries/Unavailability: At the risk of sounding complacent, England might be tempted to rest Jofra Archer for a game, as changes come quickly. Sam Curran, who has not played in this World Cup yet, might get a chance to play against Namibia.

Probable XI: Philip Salt, Jos Buttler (c and wk), Will Jacks, Jonny Bairstow, Harry Brook, Moeen Ali, Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran/Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Reece Topley


Injuries/Unavailability: Out of the qualification race, Namibia might want to give a chance to Dylan Leichter, who has not played any World Cup match for the country yet.

Probable XI: Nicholas Devlin, Michael van Lingen, Jan Frylinck, Gerhard Erasmus (c), JJ Smit, Zane Green (wk), David Wiese, Ruben Trumpelmann, Bernard Scholtz, Jack Brassell/Ben Shikongo, Tangeni Lungmeni

– England and Namibia have never faced each other in T20Is before