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T20 World Cup 2024: Namibia v England – preview, expected line-ups, free bets and offers

The State of Play

England’s final group-stage game at the 2024 T20 World Cup will pit them against Namibia.

The draw against Scotland in the opening match really put them up against it in Group B and things have not been helped by their neighbouring rivals picking up two more wins to put them on the verge of progressing to the Super 8s.

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Scotland’s impressive run rate means that the champions must perform well if they are to overcome the odds and avoid an early exit.

Had the Three Lions beaten Australia, things would have looked very different heading into the final match.

But after failing to catch the Aussies’ total of over 200 runs, they must hope the Tartan Army are thrashed and they beat Namibia heavily.

Speaking after the defeat to Australia, captain Jos Buttler said: “We know the position we’re in. It’s exactly laid out for us how we need to go about it.

“We can review this game and move on and plan for the next one.”

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All-rounded Moeen Ali added: “We’ve just got to be a bit more precise and when we come on to bowl.

“You have to get in and bowl your ball straight away and try and make something happen and not hope something will happen.

“We need to defend when we need to defend and attack when we need to attack.”

England looked back to their best against Oman on Thursday night and they will need to bottle that form and take it into the final match against Namibia.

Oman could only set a score of 47 from 13.2 overs after losing all 10 of their wickets, with Adil Rashid picking up four wickets and Jofra Archer alongside Mark Wood both taking three.

And it took just 19 balls for England to catch their opponents, setting 50 after 3.1 overs and making history in the process.

Jos Buttler picked up 24 runs alongside Phil Salt with 12 in the opening partnership, before Will Jacks and Jonny Bairstow recorded the other remaining runs needed to win.

After the match, Buttler said: “It was a really good performance.

“We have had some really good training sessions and spoke about how we need to stay true to ourselves and trust we have got really good players

“We spoke about needing to win two games of cricket and, if we had the chance to affect the net run-rate, that would be important.

“We are still in the same position. We still have a must-win game on Saturday.”

Namibia have made a good account of themselves at the World Cup and are simply having fun out on the pitch.

They beat Oman in a Super Over and although they lost to Scotland and Australia, they still have the chance to steal the headlines by beating the 2022 champions.

Left-arm bowler Bernard Scholtz said: “I think everyone’s been waiting a long time for these last two games against Australia and England.

“Two previous winners and that’s definitely the two teams you want to play and you want to sort of make a mark for yourself in those games.”

Expected line-ups

Namibia: JP Kotze, Nikolaas Davin, Jan Frylinck, Gerhard Erasmus (c), Malan Kruger, Zane Green (wk), David Wiese, Ruben Trumpelmann, JJ Smit, Bernard Scholtz, Tangeni Lungameni.

England: Phil Salt, Jos Buttler (c, wk), Will Jacks, Jonny Bairstow, Harry Brook, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Chris Jordan, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood.

How to watch

Sky have the rights to show the T20 World Cup to UK viewers in 2024 and will broadcast every game live. Coverage gets underway on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Cricket from 6:00pm UK time on Saturday.

In India, the games can be streamed on Disney + Hotstar app and website. They are also available across the Star Sports Network.

Prediction

Due to Scotland’s prolific form, this is another must-win game for England and all they can do is continue to put the pressure on their neighbours.

Namibia can be a threat if you do not take them seriously but there will not be any let up from Jos Buttler’s side.

With Scotland facing Australia just a few hours after this match, it is the perfect opportunity for the reigning champions to put some pressure on.

Expect a dominant England win in one last effort to salvage their World Cup campaign.

Mitch Fretton
Mitch Fretton
Mitch is a freelance sports journalist with experience working for LiveScore, GOAL and Colchester United. He has experience working from both his desk at home and in the press box at games covering the Champions League and international football.
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