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England Confident About Winning World Cup?

For a country that invented the glorious sport, it’s fair to say that England have been sub-par at major ICC events; the World Cup in particular.

The last two World Cups, though, have been almost nightmarish for the Englishmen. One reason could be that in the past, the England Cricket Board has been criticised for not giving enough importance to the shorter formats of the game, by focusing majorly on Test cricket. Rest assured, that is not the case anymore.

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With the ever growing glamour and popularity of T20 cricket, England have taken to the format and how. Inspired by Brendon McCullum’s dynamic captaincy, Eoin Morgan had shouldered the burden upon himself to change the outlook of England as a limited overs’ side.

Since then, England have flattened their pitches and selected box office players like Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy to go hard from ball one. Evident of their success is the fact that no team has crossed the 300 run mark more often than England, since the 2015 World Cup.

Run rates, strike rates, averages, you name it; England have set the benchmark for all those numbers. Despite all of that, do England have what it takes to lift the World Cup?

Let’s have a look at their predicted playing XI of England World Cup Team;

  • Jason Roy
  • Jonny Bairstow
  • Joe Root (c)
  • Eoin Morgan
  • Ben Stokes
  • Jos Buttler (wk)
  • Moeen Ali
  • Chris Woakes
  • Jofra Archer
  • Liam Plunkett
  • Adil Rashid

In the period between 2015-2019, Bairstow and Roy as a pair have amassed 1763 runs at an aggregate of 56.87.

This has been a major piece in Eoin Morgan’s puzzle for the perfect World Cup team. If one of them doesn’t get you, the other will.

And if both happen to be in the zone, the fielding team remains a spectator. The fact that this World Cup is being played in England is why this pair will be feared by most. Had it been in the subcontinent, you could open with a spinner and expose them.

In England, there won’t be much of swing or spin and the batsmen have the luxury of playing through the line of the ball. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan come close, but it’s difficult to see England’s opening combination being outclassed in the World Cup.

Expect captains to keep the pace bowlers out of the equation with Roy and Bairstow in the middle.

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If Roy and Bairstow are butchers of the cricket ball, Root and Morgan are surgeons who pierce gaps by caressing the ball. That is an undying art in itself.

Both of them are excellent white ball cricketers because of their ability to rotate the strike in the middle overs.

The explosive openers are able to bat with such freedom because of the consistency of these two. Eoin Morgan averages 70 in ODI cricket this year, and has upped his power hitting game (with a strike rate 113 in 2019, in comparison to a career strike rate of 90).

Root’s role is very clear in this team; to bat through the innings. The anchoring role is something that he cherishes. Often, teams tend to underestimate his abilities in this format and as a result, pay the price.

In the ODI series against India in 2018, Root powered his way to 2 consecutive match winning hundreds to hand England a series win. Root and Morgan have been involved in some critical rebuilding partnerships for England (as a pair, they’ve been involved in 11 century partnerships and 7 half century partnerships).

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Jos Buttler is cricket’s modern day AB De Villiers. With a ‘360-degree’ game, he is as destructive as it gets. Even the best of bowlers fall flat when this man is at his belligerent best.

In recent times, the brutal 50 ball 110* against Pakistan at Southampton should remind you of his credentials. What’s astonishing is his average of 41; to strike the ball in the high risk manner that he does with such consistency is a scary proposition for the opponents.

Taking the pace off against him seems to be the viable option. But with the flat wickets in England, high chances are that Buttler will shovel even the spinners into the stands. He’s one of the few players from the 2015 squad whom the team management kept their faith in. Safe to say that it is reaping rewards.

Ben Stokes is the kind of cricketer that will either make you want to tear your hair out, or will blow your mind away. There is no middle ground with him; the true successor to Andrew Flintoff, indeed.

Be it a breezy hundred against Australia at the 2017 Champions Trophy, or a painfully slow 64 ball 34 against Pakistan just 4 days later, Ben Stokes will take you through a rollercoaster of emotions. He’s quite an erratic bowler as well, with pitch conditions often dictating his performance.

Not to forget, as Eoin Morgan has labelled him, Stokes is the kind of personality that lifts the spirits of the entire team. He’s got the potential to win England games in either department and this World Cup could be the perfect hunting ground.

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Moeen Ali is coming off a very good IPL season, with bat and ball. England would be looking to feed off that form of his. In the middle overs, his job is to stem the flow of runs while Adil Rashid attacks. As a batsman, Moeen is a lot better than number 7.

Though, it’s difficult for him to be promoted higher up the order with the kind of power packed lineup that England possess. Perhaps on rank turners, Moeen’s expertise against spin could warrant a promotion. Ali is a lot like Raina; he’s someone that does whatever the team wants him to.

He’s batted at positions ranging from an opener all the way down to a finisher at number 7. Unlike Stokes, Moeen isn’t exactly what you would call an out and out match winner, but his role of keeping things tight in the middle overs and scoring quick-fire 20s and 30s at the back end of the innings cannot be understated.

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The pace attack consists of Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer and Liam Plunkett. Jofra Archer could be England’s ace at this World Cup. While he doesn’t have much of experience at the international level, Archer has played in high pressure leagues all around the world for the past couple of years.

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The England Cricket Board had the rules changed just to fast track Archer into the squad. Now, that should tell you just how good he is. His ability to generate pace in excess of 90 miles an hour was missing in this team.

A sharp yorker and a shrewd mix of variations are amongst his deadly arsenal of deliveries. On flat wickets, bowlers like Archer are a must. Woakes and Plunkett have been regulars in the side for a number of years. Both of them have very different roles. Plunkett has rejuvenated himself as a middle-overs’ bowler.

He’s cut down on pace and relies heavily on variations in order to get wickets, even if they come at the expense of a few extra runs. Generally, he goes at 6 to 6 and a half runs an over, but manages to scalp a couple of crucial wickets in the middle.

Woakes bowls primarily upfront with the new ball. When conditions are overcast, there are few bowlers in world cricket that can make the ball talk as much as Woakes. He is what you would call a typical English bowler.

Woakes’ game is more suited to the longer format, though with appearances in various T20 teams, he has improved as a death overs’ bowler. If the wicket is not offering any assistance, England would be tempted by the prospect of Mark Wood to add some pace.

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If you were wondering what has allowed England to get away with such flat wickets against some quality oppositions, the answer is Adil Rashid.

Skipper Morgan can rely on Rashid at any stage of the game to get a wicket. Since 2015, Rashid has got 130 wickets to his name. He possesses a very sharp googly that works because it is used very smartly. Rashid is an old school bowler in the sense that he steadily sets up batsmen. Mixed with sliders, flippers and leg breaks, Rashid has outfoxed so many with a googly that spits off the surface. It truly is some sight to watch him operate at peak performance.

Adil Rashid along with Jofra Archer are the players that need to have good tournaments for England to go all the way. The difference in high scoring games is minimal and the bowlers are the ones who make or break that difference. England are blessed with two genuine wicket takers in Rashid and Archer.

As a whole, this team is a well-oiled unit with a plethora of experience in these conditions. It’s not often that you think ahead, but surely, England are seeing themselves at the Lord’s balcony on the 14th of July. With such a squad, it won’t be a surprise if they go all the way.

The simultaneous pressure of being the favourites and playing at home is the only factor that could potentially come in the way of England and silverware.

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