ICC World Cup 2019 – Fantasy Prediction Match 1 – England vs South Africa, Which Players to Pick

With the opening match of the 2019 World Cup scheduled for 30th June, the time has come to earn some money and prizes by participating in the Gamezy fantasy cricket. With England being the juggernauts they have been in the recent past, one may be tempted to pick most of the players in their team from England. However, South Africa too has been in incredible form of late, winning 8 of the 10 ODI matches they have played this year.

While selecting the Fantasy Cricket team, it is not about backing your favourite player but instead making some smart choices. It is important to make sure that you win maximum points.

Here are a few tips for you to select players from each category. It is also important to know that Gamezy allows you to take multiple players from the wicketkeeper section. So in case you are torn between choosing Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow or Quinton De Kock, remember you can choose any two of them.

Batsmen to pick:

When you pick batsmen in a fantasy cricket team, the smartest thing to do is select top order in-form batsmen. Both England and South Africa have quality top order batsmen, leaving you spoilt for choices.

Jason Roy: Jason Roy becomes an automatic choice when picking your batsmen for your Fantasy XI. His Against Pakistan in three ODIs he has scores of 87, 76 and 114.

Fantasy Value: 9

Faf Du Plessis: The South African captain has been in the form of his life scoring 396 runs in 12 matches for Chennai in IPL 2019. He also scored a solid 88 against Sri Lanka in their warm-up game.

Fantasy Value: 9.5

Hashim Amla: Amla averaged 49.75 in ODIs and had two very good warm-up games. He scored 65 against Sri Lanka and 51 not out against West Indies.

Fantasy Value: 10

All-rounders to pick:

Choosing all-rounders is key in English conditions. They can contribute heavily with the bat and will chip in with wickets.

JP Duminy: This is Duminy’s last World Cup since he is retiring from the game. He is a solid middle order batsman averaging 37.38 and a wily spinner who picks up wickets at an economy rate of 5.34.

Fantasy Value: 9.5

Jofra Chioke Archer: Jofra is an express fast bowler who took 11 wickets for Rajasthan in IPL 2019 at an economy rate of 6.76. England bat deep till number 11, so given a chance Jofra can come good with the bat as well.

Fantasy Value: 8

Moeen Ali: Ali played only 11 matches for Bangalore in IPL 2019 scoring 220 runs, but maintained an impressive strike rate of 165.41. Due to plenty of bowling options he was used frugally in the IPL and managed to pick 6 wickets.

Fantasy Value: 8.5

Wicketkeepers to pick:

Since the Gamezy app allows you to take two wicketkeepers you can be smart and take one from each team to cover all your bases.

Quinton De Kock: De Kock had a solid IPL 2019 season finishing as the third highest run-getter with 529 runs in 16 matches.

Fantasy Value: 10

Jonny Bairstow: Bairstow is coming into the World Cup on the back of a brilliant IPL 2019 season with Hyderabad. He has scored 445 runs at a blistering strike rate of 157.24 in the IPL.

Fantasy Value: 8.5

Bowlers to pick:

In the batting-friendly conditions of England, only the most talented and intelligent bowlers can get on top of the attacking batsmen.

Chris Woakes: Woakes has been in solid form taking 10 wickets in England’s home series against Pakistan with a 5-wicket haul in one match. He also scored 40 runs against Australia in the warm-up game.

Fantasy Value: 9

Imran Tahir: The veteran leg-spinner was the highest wicket taker in IPL 2019 and took 26 wickets in 17 games for Chennai.

Fantasy Value: 9

Kagiso Rabada: The young spearhead of South Africa can bowl Yorkers at will and took 25 wickets in just 12 matches for Delhi in IPL 2019.

Fantasy Value: 8.5

Your captain and vice-captain:

Picking the captain and vice-captain is the most important decision you make while playing fantasy cricket, since they give 2X and 1.5x times the points they earn, respectively. One of the pro tips of playing fantasy cricket is to pick your wicket-keeper batsman or an opening in-form batsman as your captain.

Quinton De Kock ticks all the boxes and thus is an easy pick for being a captain in this fixture. You may appoint Jason Roy, the most in-form batsman in the England setup, as the vice-captain. Also you can look at bowlers since they earn the maximum points per wicket.

Captain Choices: Quinton De Kock, Jonny Bairstow, Chris Woakes

Vice-Captain: Jason Roy, Faf Du Plessis, Imran Tahir

Players you can pick for your Fantasy XI from the Gamezy app. This is the author’s view and subject to change depending on last minute team changes. (Credit: Gamezy app)

Wicket keepers: Quinton De Kock, Jonny Bairstow

All-rounders: JP Duminy, Jofra Chioke Archer, Moeen Ali

Batsmen: Jason Roy, Faf Du Plessis, Hashim Amla

Bowlers: Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Chris Woakes

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