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Archer will be England's 'X-factor', says Kohli

24 May 2019

'But all the teams so strong and well balanced and the fact we have to play everyone once, I think this will be the most competitive World Cup that anyone will have seen'.

Archer has played only three ODIs, but has been an asset on the T20 circuit with his death bowling, which is expected to pose problems for visiting sides.

"The teams towards the end of the tournament will have done really well with the ball, and have the ability to take wickets even on flat pitches", Du Plessis said. "I had dinner with Anthony during the England tour of Sri Lanka, I had no clue why", recalled Sangakkara, who had previously served on MCC's world cricket committee.

"I have seen him for three years now and this year was the first time I didn't play against him". A journalist asked Indian skipper Virat Kohli, "All matches are very important but the match against Pakistan is a high-pressure game, how do you look at it?" "We have come here to prove ourselves in another challenge", he said.

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"We'll be doing everything in our power to win the game".

'The way we use our resources will be vital, but every team has X-factor bowlers that will have a big say in the successes of the side. "He has pace, he can be intimidating, he's a great athlete; I'm sure England are excited to have him". And I think there will be some quality cricket played.

"You'll have to work hard to win the World Cup by playing every other team - it's the top ten in world but you want to play all the other nine to give yourself a chance".

Eoin Morgan and Virat Kohli, captains of England and India and sitting together, treated the question like a bouncer to duck at, only to receive light dissent and raised eyebrows from media at the gathering with the trophy in a trendy London basement. There has been talk of this tournament witnessing the first 500-run total - England's world record score of 481 for six invoked a roll of the eyes from Finch - but the Indian captain fancies things will get tighter down the line.

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During the Captains' Day function, all the 10 skippers were given a hypothetical situation wherein they could pick any player from the other side and there were some interesting answers with answers ranging from Jos Buttler to Rashid Khan. "The team that wins will definitely deserve it".

'It is not going to be easy though.

Jason Holder, the West Indies captain, and Afghanistan's Gulbadin Naib both pled the fifth. But as soon as we enter the ground, it's a game of cricket for all of us.

The Bangladesh performances have long revolved around seasoned players such as captain Mashrafe Murtaza, Shakib Al-Hasan, Musfiqur Rahim and Tamim Iqbal. There will be a huge audience at home in all the different provinces. Cricket is not just a sport now, in Afghanistan it has become something else'.

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FILE - In this Wednesday Sept. 28, 2016 file photo, Afghanistan's Rashid Khan dives to stop the ball as he fields against Bangladesh during the second one-day global cricket match in Dhaka, Bangladesh. "We have learnt a lot in the recent England [ODI] series".

Archer will be England's 'X-factor', says Kohli