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England to decide about Dawson debut based on pitch conditions

England to decide about Dawson debut based on pitch conditions
Eoin Morgan will also be desperate to improve his own form with the bat.
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England captain Eoin Morgan stated that the inclusion of Liam Dawson in the team for the ICC World
Twenty20 clash against Afghanistan on Wednesday will depend on the condition of the pitch in Delhi.

The pitch in Delhi is expected to aid the spinners but Morgan says that there is plenty of grass on it currently and he is expecting most of it to be retained for the game based on the weather conditions.

“I’ve looked at the pitch and it seems to be a drier pitch - there is a lot of grass on it, even at the moment, and to be honest I don’t know what it is going to do.

“I think we’ll have to leave it as late as possible to select the side and see what conditions are going to be like.

“If it’s going to be another hot day like today they might leave the grass on it, as opposed to taking it off.

“It will be up to the groundsman as to how it pans out.”

On Tuesday, all-rounder Moeen Ali spoke in favour of fielding three spinners against Afghanistan and backed the inclusion Dawson.

Dawson, who has so far played 73 T20 matches in his career and has taken 39 wickets, is yet to make his international debut.

Morgan clarified that the decision of including Dawson will be taken after seeing the amount of grass left on the pitch by the ground staff on the day of the contest against Afghanistan.

“Rooty (Joe Root) can be a viable option for a third spinner but Liam Dawson adds a lot more with the ball than Joe would so he could come into consideration if the grass does come off the pitch.

“He has trained really hard since he has come into the side since South Africa and he has been great around the group.

“He has bowled really well in training and has been upbeat, so like anybody he is really keen to get involved.”

Meanwhile, Afghanistan captain Asghar Stanikzai expressed that England will be the team under pressure when the two teams face off in the Super 10 stage of the ICC World T20.

“England will be under pressure because they are the bigger team.

“We’re similarly under pressure when we are playing Hong Kong or the UAE.

“We are a competitive side and people are now planning for our team.

“We are playing well and have made the Super 10s for the first time but our aim is to beat one big team in the tournament.”

England have two matches remaining against Afghanistan and Sri Lanka in the Super 10 stage of the tournament and both the games will be played in Delhi on 23rd and 26thMarch respectively.  

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