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England ready to reshuffle as they prepare to welcome back Moeen Ali and hand James Vince his World Cup debut

Nick Hoult
Moeen Ali (right) is expected to feature against Afghanistan on Tuesday - 2019 Getty Images

England restart their World Cup campaign on Monday at Old Trafford when they begin preparations for Tuesday’s match against Afghanistan knowing they will have to tinker with their batting order.

Jason Roy and Eoin Morgan may both miss the game against the weakest team at the tournament so far forcing England to turn to James Vince, handing him a World Cup debut. Moeen Ali is set to return to the side after missing the last two games so England have plenty of batting in reserve if necessary.

England beat West Indies with ease without Roy and Morgan, who were both unable to bat due to hamstring and back injuries respectively. Joe Root’s unbeaten century and Chris Woakes’s 40 at No 3 showed the strength in depth England have with the bat.

“If they [Morgan and Roy] are not quite ready we have to be flexible," said Woakes. "In a World Cup things aren't always going to go to plan, so we have to be ready. There's always going to be other players who have to play at some point.

“When it's a series you can call people in at your will and play them when you want but within a World Cup it's always going to be a squad effort.”

Afghanistan have been poor in this tournament losing three of their four completed matches. But with Tuesday’s game due to be played on the same pitch used by Pakistan-India on Sunday, England will have to be wary of Afghanistan’s spinners.

Root was asked on Friday if he was in the form of his career. He demurred because he is a modest man but this is the summer when he could really make his name. With scores of 51, 107 and 100no in the first four matches he is building nicely but has since been eclipsed by Rohit Sharma as the leading run scorer of the tournament.

"Rooty batted beautifully throughout against the West Indies," said Woakes. "He's always calm. I've batted a few times ith him in Test matches and he's a world-class player so to watch him operate from the other end is great.”