England’s new management team will have been following the 2022 IPL for an indication of form ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup later this year.
And while some high-profile English players missed out on the tournament, either voluntarily or through injury, there were still a number of full England internationals involved.
We take a look at who strengthened their case for World Cup involvement, and who didn’t.
Jos Buttler (Rajasthan Royals)
Enjoy the good times! Loving every second with this team 💗 pic.twitter.com/uBXwWJBqD5— Jos Buttler (@josbuttler) April 23, 2022
While Buttler's campaign is not yet over, though it's fair to say the right-hander is on track to emulate his success from UAE last year.
England’s star opener highlighted his quality with an outrageous start to the tournament, smashing three centuries for Rajasthan Royals.
Buttler’s form tailed off a little, although flashes of his brilliance remained.
England will have noted his evolution into a modern anchor, often playing himself in before accelerating through his innings. Having Buttler playing in that manner may also inform selection choices at No. 3.
Liam Livingstone (Punjab Kings)
Livingstone is now established as one of the world’s most feared power-hitters, with some of his bludgeoning strokeplay needing to be seen to be believed.
His 437 tournament runs came at a strike rate of 182.08, one of the highest of the tournament, and he looks a certain pick for England’s XI, likely in the middle to lower order to attack the second half of the innings.
Moeen Ali (Chennai Super Kings)
Moeen’s showed his multi-faceted class with a superb return with the ball, offering an extremely useful spin option for his side.
Ali bowled in ten of CSK’s matches and his economy rate of 6.62 was one of the best in the IPL.
However, Moeen’s struggles with the bat early on were symptomatic of Chennai’s slow start to their title defence.
A combination of selection decisions and fitness issues saw him temporarily moved from his slot at No. 3.
But he rediscovered his sparkle when returned to his favoured position for CSK’s final game, hitting a 57-ball 93 that saw some destructive Powerplay batting set a platform that his teammates were unable to capitalise on.
Chris Jordan (Chennai Super Kings)
It was not all positive for the watching England selectors however, with regular first XI pick Chris Jordan doing little to silence his critics.
He showed his best against Punjab, taking 2/23 in four outstanding overs.
But his three further appearances showed the other side of his game, with his 8.5 overs going for 112 runs, an economy of 13.17.
Tymal Mills (Mumbai Indians)
England’s hunt for an attacking spearhead with the ball in the likely absence of Jofra Archer could see Tymal Mills utilised, but he faded badly for Mumbai Indians after a decent start.
KKR smashed his three overs for 38 runs in Match 14, and Lucknow did even more damage to Mills’ tournament figures, hammering 54 off his three overs.
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