One of the criticisms directed at England is that their bowlers concede 300 very often in ODI’s but their fiery batting makes for exciting viewing and they’ve revamped how they play to give themselves the best possible chance of winning the title. The likes of Jos Buttler, Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow have given a new definition to playing without fear and then there’s the impressive pace attack consisting of Jofra Archer, Mark Wood and Liam Plunkett. These players form an exciting team that is bound to produce some exciting cricket this summer.
So what’s their gameplan?
England’s tactics are simple – score big and hope the bowlers defend the total. The batsmen don’t hold back – hammering runs from the get-go – and keep putting the pressure on the opposition. There’s tremendous pressure on the bowlers, especially because of the flat tracks they play on, but also have the backing of a gun batting line-up. England will bank heavily on their bowlers to stop the opposition but the batsmen will be expected to produce blinders day in and day out.
Player should watch out for
In a side that boasts of the likes of Bairstow, Buttler, Roy and Eoin Morgan, Jofra Archer is making heads turn. When Virat Kohli talks you up ahead of the tournament, it’ll lead to a lot of expectations. Archer has been fast-tracked into this England squad at the expense of David Willey, and there’s good reason for that. He’s got pace, he’s an exceptional fielder and he can tonk a few on his day. Still looking for a reason to watch him? Here’s the India captain helping you out. “He’s going to be England’s x-factor because he holds a skill set which is very different. He can generate a lot of pace which can be intimidating and you don’t really expect that from him because of his run-up.”
What are their chances?
For the work they’ve put in, in the last four years, 2019 World Cup represents their best chance to grab their first World Cup. England have got the players, the talent, and now it’s all about their temperament. They start the tournament as favourites to win the title, and it’ll be interesting how they perform when the pitches tire out a bit and the batsmen don’t have flat tracks to bully the bowlers. Adapting is going to be key for England and if they have learnt from the 2017 Champions Trophy, they’ll be well prepared.
Eoin Morgan (c), Jason Roy, Joe Root, Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Liam Plunkett, Mark Wood, James Vince, Chris Woakes, Tom Curran, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Liam Dawson.
May 30: v South Africa at Kennington Oval, London (D)
June 3: v Pakistan at Trent Bridge, Nottingham (D)
June 8: v Bangladesh at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff (D)
June 14: v West Indies at The Rose Bowl, Southampton (D)
June 18: v Afghanistan at Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester (D)
June 21: v Sri Lanka at Headingley, Leeds (D)
June 25: v Australia at Lord’s, London (D)
June 30: v India at Edgbaston, Birmingham (D)
July 3: v New Zealand at Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street (D)