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ICC T20 WC: ENG vs. NAM – Top Five English Six Hitters to Look at Ahead of Match With Namibia

With a batting line-up boasting such an array of six-hitting prowess, England has a clear advantage on paper against Namibia.

The pressure is simmering for England as they face Namibia at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound. With qualification for the Super Eights hanging by a thread, England needs a convincing victory to reignite their World Cup campaign. One weapon in their arsenal that could propel them towards victory is their batting firepower—a batting line-up brimming with six-hitting behemoths. 

Let's meet the top five English batters who possess the potential to take the Namibian bowling attack to the cleaners and put England back on the winning track.

Jos Buttler

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Butler hitting a six

Jos Buttler, the name synonymous with power-hitting in English cricket, needs no introduction. With a staggering 129 sixes in just 118 T20I matches, Buttler is the undisputed leader of England's big-hitting brigade.

His strike rate of 145.57 underlines his fearlessness at the crease and his ability to find the boundary with brutal efficiency. If Buttler gets going early and times his trademark pull shots and audacious scoops, Namibia could be in for a long day.

Jonny Bairstow

Bairstow celebrating his fifty in a T20I match

Jonny Bairstow is currently in red-hot form, having taken ODI bowling attacks apart recently. He brings that same destructive intent to the T20 arena, with 72 sixes to his name in just 74 T20I matches. His strike rate of 136.82 reflects his ability to rotate the strike and find the boundary consistently.

 If Bairstow can forge a solid middle-order partnership with Liam Livingstone or Moeen Ali, they have the potential to take the game away from Namibia in the powerplay overs.

Moeen Ali

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Moeen Ali in a match against Australia

Moeen Ali, often regarded for his all-around abilities, packs a hidden punch when it comes to six-hitting. His tally of 66 sixes in 86 T20I matches might not be the highest on this list, but his strike rate of 143.04 tells a different story.

Ali's ability to launch into the bowlers in the middle overs, often against spin, can completely shift the momentum of the innings. He can be the glue that holds the middle order together while also peppering the boundaries with his innovative strokeplay.

Liam Livingstone

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Livingstone hitting a six

Liam Livingstone is a player who can single-handedly take the game away from the opposition on his day. A batter with a penchant for clearing the ropes, Livingstone has 41 sixes in just 42 T20I matches, boasting a phenomenal strike rate of 148.47.

His ability to hit the ball clean and long makes him a nightmare for bowlers, particularly in the death overs. If Livingstone gets a chance to unleash his power-hitting later in the innings, Namibia's bowlers will need to be at their absolute best to contain him.

Phil Salt

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Phil Salt celebrating his hundred in a T20I match against West Indies

Phil Salt is a regular opener with Buttler for England, and together they form a formidable partnership at the top of the order. Despite having played only 25 T20I matches, Salt has already amassed 37 sixes, and his mind-boggling strike rate of 166.43 speaks volumes about his aggressive approach.

He isn't afraid to take the bowlers on from the very first ball, and his ability to find the boundary consistently puts immense pressure on the opposition bowling attack.

However, cricket is a game of glorious uncertainties, and Namibia will be hoping to upset the odds and put a dent in England's World Cup qualification hopes. The battle between England's batting might and Namibia's bowling resolve promises to be a fascinating encounter.