Why England should win the Cricket World Cup

It may not have come home last summer when England agonisingly lost in the World Cup semi-final in Russia, however it could be arriving a year later in the form of the Cricket World Cup.

With little under a week until England kick off their World Cup campaign in which they are hosting the tournament for the first time since the turn of the century, we take a look at why England should win the tournament. Sitting as the pre-tournament favourites England open the tournament at the KIA Oval against South Africa.

Four years ago, England struggled to find 11 players that would be put into a match. However, four years on the case is different with at least 20 players all battling for 11 places in a match day team.

Despite this the 15-man England World Cup squad has every aspect you could need in a one-day squad. The team consisting of skill, power, pace, big hitters, composure and spin. Lines up as followed; Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Vince, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.

After a difficult tournament four years ago when England slumped out the group stages behind Bangladesh. Within the past two years England have won ODI series at home against Pakistan and India. Including a well-earned draw in a series, on tour in the West Indies. Putting them in good stead when they are to play these sides this summer.

England are hitting fine form at the perfect time; the opening batsmen of Jason Roy and Johnny Bairstow have established a great partnership contributing with big scores.

The batsmen have shined over the past two years producing some remarkable and memorable performances whilst smashing some records along the way. On the tour against Windies England produced their highest ever successful run chase when they won by six wickets chasing a target of 361. Both Jason Roy and Joe Root made huge centuries 123 and 102 respectively. Whilst Adil Rashid and Ben Stokes both picked up three-fours. The latter picked up the wicket of the big hitting Chris Gayle despite making an explosive 135.

Despite this one year before England whitewashed Australia in a home series in which they conjured up arguably the best batting innings in ODI history. Smashing the record of the most runs in an ODI innings knocking up 481/6 at Nottingham’s, Trent Bridge. The record was previously held by England when they posted 444/3 at the same ground two years prior.

Looking the bowling side of things and England have certainly improved, with all-rounders, Stokes and Ali improving in their bowling stats picking up more wickets for lower economies bowlers the names of Woakes, Curran and Wood are the players who will produce 10 quality overs in their spells. Although the biggest difference is the addition of Jofra Archer.

The Barbados born fast bowler only became eligible to play for England at the start of the season when rules changed over the eligibility. The fast bowler wasn’t named in the provisional squad, but he certainly impressed by bowling at speeds of 90MPH in the recent series against Pakistan which ultimately forced his way into the squad at the expense of David Willey.

So, get ready and prepared to see the greatest ODI team in history and let’s hope it comes home.

Jordan Hart

 

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