Five key quick bowlers in Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy

The New Age (Free State) - - SPORT -

There are a few bowlers who are likely to make a mean­ing­ful im­pact at the ICC Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy start­ing from to­mor­row in the UK.

With that in mind, the New Age sports re­porter Neville Khoza looks at the top five bowlers who may play a cru­cial role for their teams in the tour­na­ment.

Starc has been a pil­lar of the Aus­tralian bowl­ing at­tack in re­cent years and they will be bank­ing on him to pro­duce his magic at the Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy.

He has 129 wick­ets from 65 matches and has al­ready es­tab­lished him­self as a world- class fast bowler. He will be look­ing to im­press in this tour­na­ment and guide the Aussies all the way to glory.

He is com­ing back from in­jury and will be look­ing to re­gain his form ahead of the com­pe­ti­tion.

Ku­mar is ca­pa­ble of swing­ing the ball at the start mak­ing him a real threat to the op­po­si­tion. He has also de­vel­oped as one of the best death bowlers and In­dia will be pin­ning their hopes on him.

Look­ing at the Eng­land con­di­tions, Bhu­vnesh­war seems per­fect for In­dia with his abil­ity to swing the ball at the start and hit fuller lengths to­wards the end. He will be In­dia’s danger­ous weapon in the Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy.

Rahman has been con­sis­tent since he made his de­but for Bangladesh two years ago. He also be­came the sec­ond Bangladesh bowler to take five wick­ets on his de­but and he has not looked back since. With 36 wick­ets from 14 matches, he has been vi­tal for Pak­istan and they will be bank­ing on him in the Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy.

If ever there was a time a time for Amir to show his skills then this is the tour­na­ment to do so. Amir was hailed as the next big thing in Pak­istan cricket, a spot fix­ing scan­dal de­layed his progress in 2010. Hav­ing served his five-year ban, he is now re­turn­ing to in­ter­na­tional cricket look­ing for re­demp­tion, hun­gry to re­gain his sta­tus and will be lead­ing the Pak­istan at­tack. Rabada has been one of South Africa best bowlers since he made his de­but in ODIs two years ago. He has achieved 57 wick­ets from 34 matches and has been con­sis­tent.

He is head­ing into the Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy in fifth place in the ICC bowlers ODI rank­ings.

Rabada is ex­pected to play a cru­cial role for the Proteas if they are to win the Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy in Eng­land.

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