CWC team preview: Hosts, favourites England
If you ask about which is the most successful ODI team after 2015 World Cup then your answer is likely to be England. Going into the 2019 World Cup, England will enjoy the advantage of home conditions and support.
England at World Cups-
Best result: Runners-up (1979, 1987, 1992)
A lot changed since they last World Cup when England were knocked out by Bangladesh in the group stage. They have won 58 out of 88 matches including 23 losses and 1 tie, possessing a win/loss ratio of 2.541 which is better than any other team during this period.
The hosts have powered themselves as a stalwart batting line-up. The likes for Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler and Eoin Morgan have flown runs all the way. The all-rounders and tail-enders have also contributed with the bat significantly.
38 out of 85 England innings had 300+ totals in last four years, far ahead from other teams. The world-record 481 also belongs to them. As the World Cup pitches are anticipated to be batting paradise, teams would be aware of England’s batting power.
England’s squad added Jofra Archer, Liam Dawson and James Vince just before the deadline. Archer’s structured short run-up for fiery pace could play x-factor in the mega event. Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali and Tom Curran have vital roles to play with both bat and ball.
England played in only three World Cup finals before but failed to manage a victory in any one of them. A confident English side will want to add one to their kitty infront of the home crowd. Their first game is against previous World Cup’s semi-finalists South Africa in the opening match at The Oval on May 30.
England’s World Cup fixtures:
|May 30||South Africa||The Oval|
|June 21||Sri Lanka||Leeds|
|July 3||New Zealand||Chester-le-Street|
England World Cup squad: Eoin Morgan (captain), Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, James Vince, Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood