It is going to be an intriguing summer if you are an England cricket fan. Later on in the year, we have the Australian’s visiting to compete over five tests for the famous Ashes but before that, the one-day team are in action across nine games in the league stage and potentially two knockout matches in the ICC Cricket World Cup.
This is a tournament which has seen England reach the final on three times previously, but they have lost on each occasion. However, England’s recent record in the tournament is poor with their last final appearance coming way back in 1987. However, under Eoin Morgan, the current England One Day team is now the top-ranked side in the world, ahead of India, South Africa, New Zealand and the Aussies and hopes are high that this, combined with the World Cup being played on home soil, could well mean a winning result for the home team.
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Let’s now analyse England’s chance of success by taking a look at their fixtures, their key men and their recent form heading into the tournament.
England’s One Day Team Form
Heading into the tournament, England had held the West Indies to a 2-2 draw in a winter series between the teams earlier this year. The West Indies winning the final of five test matches to snatch a draw. England then went on to play Pakistan in five one day games, winning four and drawing the other to claim a convincing 4-0 win in the series.
Their preparation for the World Cup was hit by a loss to Australia by 12 runs but they bounced back to thump Afghanistan in their final warm up match before opening their World Cup account with a win over South Africa at the Oval.
England Cricket World Cup Fixtures
- 30th May – V South Africa – Won by 104 Runs – The Oval
- 3rd June – V Pakistan – Trent Bridge
- 8th June – v Bangladesh – Sophia Gardens
- 14th June – v West Indies – Rose Bowl
- 18th June – v Afghanistan – Old Trafford
- 21st June – v Sri Lanka – Headingley
- 25th June – v Australia – Lords
- 30th June – v India – Edgbaston
- 3rd July – v New Zealand – Riverside
England do play all their games at a different stadium including venues all around the country which can be something of a hindrance in terms of travel. The key to how England performs will likely be their final three games against Australia, India and New Zealand who could all be England’s most dangerous opponents in this tournament.
- Eoin Morgan (Captain)
- James Vince
- Jason Roy
- Joe Root
- Liam Dawson
- Tom Curren
The likes of Roy, Morgan and Root give England a very strong batting line up, but it is the addition of the likes of Bairstow (who may play as a specialist batsman only), Buttler, Stokes and Ali which gives this England side great batting depth with real ability all the way down to the 10th and 11th batsmen.
- Jos Buttler
- Jonny Bairstow
Buttler will likely keep wicket with Bairstow more likely to be utilised as a specialist batsman, maybe even as a partner to Roy to open the batting.
- Ben Stokes
- Moeen Ali
Both Stokes and Ali will be expected to contribute wickets with the ball but also to produce plenty of runs, as Stokes did with a fabulous 89 against South Africa in the opening match.
- Adil Rashid
- Chris Woakes
- Jofra Archer
- Liam Plunkett
- Mark Wood
The exciting Jofra Archer adds a degree of surprise and pace to this England attack and if he can find the form that has seen him touted as England’s best bowler since Jimmy Anderson, then England’s attack will look a lot more fearsome to opponents.
What must England do to win the World Cup?
- Get off to a good start
With England’s final three games in the group stage coming against the three teams many feel will their most difficult challengers for the title, it is imperative for England to get off to a solid start by winning as many of the six games before those. If England can win five or ideally, all six, then they will be in a strong position heading into those games and also have built up a bedrock of confidence.
- Avoid batting collapses
England do have some outstanding batsmen with five ranked inside the top 20 one day batsmen in the world rankings. No other team has as many, with India next best with three. But despite this, England do have a tendency to collapse in some games and that does put real pressure on those further down the order. If they can avoid those disastrous collapses then they have a great chance.
- Jofra Archer must fire
Without James Anderson or Chris Broad, England do lack a figurehead bowler and while Stokes is a very decent medium pace bowelr, Archer is the X-Factor for England. If the pace bowler can produce the form, he is capable of, then England could give even the best batting teams food for thought.
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England are 7/4 to win the World Cup at the moment with bet365 and that is a solid option. India are 10/3 and Australia 7/2, but neither have been as consistent as England over the past 18 months and with home advantage, this could well be England’s time to end their World Cup drought, if they can cope with the pressure from playing in front of their own fans.