England squad has a tough task of defeating Bangladesh at their home    Getty Images
England squad has a tough task of defeating Bangladesh at their home Getty Images

England begin their Bangladesh tour after a lot of uncertainty over its happening due to security concerns of the touring side. Bangladesh witnessed a bomb blast in July 2016 which injected doubts in England’s mind to carry on with the tout but now everything is back to place with the first One-Day International (ODI) scheduled to begin at the Shere Bangla Stadium, Dhaka. After appointing a special committee to examine the security prospects, England squad gave green signal to the tour but some of their key players have opted out of it. England will be without regular skipper, Eoin Morgan and Alex Hales, who backed out of the bilateral series citing security issues whereas Joe Root has been rested for limited-overs.

Barring these changes, the Englishmen are finally taking on the Bangladeshi tigers in their own den as the series promises to be a cracker. Based on these things, Rohan A. Sawant predicts what the likely XI for the visitors:

Top OrderJason Roy and James Vince will be opening the batting for the England. England usually had the service of Hales opening the batting but his omission may give a chance to Vince to try his hand in opening. This series should serve as a good opportunity for someone like Roy who is little more than a year into his ODI career. He batted well in the practice match against the Bangladesh Select XI as he got off to a good start but threw his wicket for 28. He has a decent average of 39.07 from 30 ODIs and this bilateral series should serve as a good chance for him to improve his numbers. Roy has opened with Hales in 27 of 29 innings and have builded an impressive record together since the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. The pair will be missed in this series and Bangladesh will like to take a note of it. Vince, on the other hand, has just played 2 ODIs out of which he batted in one innings and scored a brilliant 52 against Sri Lanka. He will need to carry on with his good form as he scored 48 in the practice match which should definitely add to his confidence. READ:Bangladesh vs England 1st ODI: Likely XI for the tigers

Ben Duckett should walk in at No. 3 for the visitors. Even though he hasn’t played a single competitive match for England, he is in all probability to walk in at No. 3 as he did in the practice match. He too has a golden chance to seal his place in the batting-order as he has an impressive record in the domestic circuit.

Middle Order – England have s strong middle-order. Jonny Bairstow, the wicketkeeper-batsman should walk in at No. 4. Bairstow was in exceptional touch against Pakistan in the Test series. He also played a decent innings in the last ODI against Pakistan as he managed to put a score of 33 from 48 balls. He has an average of 34, but he will have to be on the consistent side to cement his place in the England XI for a longer period. After Bairstow, it should be Jos Buttler, the stand-in skipper for England to walk-in. Buttler has had impressive figures in the recent past and that is the reason he has been entrusted to lead the side. He played brilliantly in the practice match as he scored 80 runs off 98 balls to help his team chase a total in excess of 300. ALSO READ:Bangladesh vs England, 1st ODI, Team Preview: New-look visitors look for winning start

Ben Stokes will in all probability come out to bat at at No. 6. Stokes has been very useful in the recent times during the slog overs as he is a clean hitter of the ball. Moreover, he is a useful bowler too and can get important breakthroughs at crucial junctures. Lower order for the England side may start with Moeen Ali. Moeen’s presence in the English squad is very important as he can provide in-depth knowledge on Bangladeshi cricketers and conditions having played here in two domestic tournaments. His friendship with Tamim could also come in handy for Moeen and his side if the left-hander gets off to a blistering start. Moeen also registered a quickfire 7o off 71 balls in the practice match to display his batting skills. With the fact that he can turn the ball and take vital scalps, he England’s trump card.

Lower Order – After Ali, the visitors have off spinner Adil Rashid, who along with sharing the burden of spin bowling with Moeen, can slog the ball in death overs as well. However, he may come out to bat after Chris Woakes who is in the form of his life with both bat and ball. Steven Finn and debutant Jake Ball will be the other pacers for England. Woakes and Finn will have the responsibility of getting the early breakthroughs and send the Bangladeshi openers as quickly as possible. The duo will also have to make sure that newcomer Ball gets the right amount of adviceand guidance with the white ball.

England’s likely XI against Bangladesh – Jason Roy, James Vince, Ben Duckett, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (c & wk), Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Chris Woakes, Steven Finn, Jake Ball

(Rohan A. Sawant is a reporter for CricketCountry. He loves Football, Cricket and is a die-hard Arsenal fan. He is an avid writer and has some knowledge about cricket and so he is trying his best to pour with his Laptop as he finds writing with pen and paper very clumsy. You can follow him on Twitter @iswandering)