LONDON: England traveled to a nine-wicket prevail upon Afghanistan in their last World Cup warm-up at The Oval on Monday after a Jofra Archer-drove bowling assault confined the dark horses to 160.
Opener Jason Roy crushed an unbeaten 46-ball 89, studded with 11 fours and four sixes, and Joe Root completed on 29 not out as England pursued down the aggregate with 32.3 overs to save.
After annihilation to Australia in their past warm-up game, Roy was satisfied with his group’s overall presentation in front of Thursday’s World Cup opener against South Africa at a similar setting.
After England skipper Eoin Morgan won the hurl and selected to handle, Archer and Root’s low maintenance off-turn conveyed three wickets each in bowler-accommodating conditions.
Barbados-brought into the world quick bowler Archer hit twice with the new ball, drawing a top edge from Hazratullah Zazai before wicket-manager/batsman Rahmat Shah holed out to mid-on.
The wheels fell off the Afghanistan innings when they lost four wickets in the space of only eight conveyances, with Hashmatullah Shahidi (19) and Najibullah Zadran (1) thoughtlessly run out.
Skipper Gulbadin Naib (14) was gotten at long-on to Moeen Ali and Rashid Khan edged Root to slip for a brilliant duck. Root asserted his third wicket as Aftab Alam chipped directly to point.
Mohammad Nabi offered some obstruction with a 42-ball 44, which included three sixes, yet he was the last man out when a thick edge off Archer discovered Jonny Bairstow at profound third-man.
Prior in the day, England’s medicinal office conveyed some positive news as seamer Mark Wood was proclaimed fit to confront South Africa.
The 29-year-old Durham bowler had left the field subsequent to feeling distress in his left foot against Australia yet outputs have appeared indication of damage.
The Durham snappy left the field early while running in to bowl amid Saturday’s warm-up destruction by Australia in Southampton subsequent to enduring foot damage.
Wood’s damage tormented vocation has been cursed by a background marked by rehashed lower leg issues however emergency clinic outputs saw the 29-year-old given the all unmistakable for Thursday’s opening match of the World Cup.
Wood was planned to bowl amid the warm-up preceding Monday’s training match against Afghanistan however won’t have any influence in the installation itself.
Wood has been one of England’s fastest bowlers of late years.
However, fears over his capacity to remain fit for delayed periods remain and he has bowled an insignificant 13.1 overs since the beginning of the period in an offer to diminish his outstanding task at hand preceding the World Cup.