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World Cup 2019: Best combined XI to watch out for

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5.14K   //    30 May 2019, 18:12 IST

#4 Steven Smith (Australia)

England v Australia – ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Warm Up
England v Australia – ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Warm Up

Steve Smith is returning to the Australian setup after a year-long ban and will have all eyes on him when he steps on to the field against Afghanistan. A technically gifted batsman capable of threading gaps with ease, Smith eased towards a century against England in the warm-up game and could be expected to lead the way for the defending champions.

#5 Jos Buttler (wk) (England)

Buttler's form will be key to England's success
Buttler's form will be key to England's success

Jos Buttler is one of the best finishers in world cricket currently. He has been in a rich vein of form for the past two years and has been taking bowlers to the cleaners, hitting them out of the park at will. He will undoubtedly hold the aces for the hosts in the death overs and could prove a nightmare for the opposition bowlers with his ability to strike the ball to all parts of the ground.

All-Rounders

#6 Andre Russell (West Indies)

West Indies v New Zealand – ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Warm Up
West Indies v New Zealand – ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Warm Up

In the recent past, much talk has happened circling Jamaican Andre Russell's pyrotechnics with the bat in hand. One of the best finishers in the game, Russell's pace bowling and agile fielding makes him a complete package. With bowlers unable to stop 'Muscle Russell' from peppering the stands, the burly all-rounder will certainly be the man to watch out for.

#7 Hardik Pandya (India)

Hardik Pandya could be a match-winner for India
Hardik Pandya could be a match-winner for India

Hardik Pandya is yet another three-dimensional player, who can win matches with bat, ball or on the field. His performance with bat and ball were vital and helped Mumbai Indians clinch their fourth title and his big-hitting form will be crucial for India. Pandya will undoubtedly be the 'X-factor' for team India with his finishing skills, crafty pace bowling and quick fielding bound to make an impact.

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