ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: England team profile

first_imgEngland’s relationship with the Cricket World Cup has been one of frustration, disappointment and even embarrassment but they host this year’s tournament as the top-ranked 50-over team and favourites to lift the trophy for the first time.From hosting the first three tournaments and reaching the final in 1979, 1987 and 1992, England slid downwards and reached its nadir four years ago when they unceremoniously exited at the group stage in Australia, the last straw being a humbling by an upstart Bangladesh.Since then, however, the limited-overs caterpillars have transformed themselves into white-ball butterflies, acquiring an enviable assortment of big-hitters who routinely post 300-plus scores. England SL All-Rounder Joe Root Joe Root Bowled – 10 1598 runs in boundries AFG Ben Stokes Ben Stokes 4s-284 6s-77 All-Rounder Total 50’s/100’s 17/7 Wicket Keeper STUMPED – 0 BAN Bowler Total runs in each powerplay Chris Woakes Chris Woakes Bowler SA Liam Plunkett Liam Plunkett Eoin Morgan Eoin Morgan Caught – 61 Team Profile 7 – WON Run Outs – 2 3 – Lost Batsman Adil Rashid Adil Rashid James Vince James Vincecenter_img Jos Buttler Jos Buttler 3183 Total runs scored Batsman 78 Total Wickets Tom Curran Tom Curran All-Rounder All-Rounder Wicket Keeper ENG NZ Batsman Moeen Ali Moeen Ali AUS LBW – 5 Bowler Liam Dawson Liam Dawson IND Jofra Archer Jofra Archer WI Mark Wood Mark Wood Jonny Bairstow Jonny Bairstow Bowler 11 Matches Played Jason Roy Jason Roy Batsman PAK Bowler The single group, round-robin format of this year’s tournament also substantially reduces the risk of an exit and should ensure the strongest teams reach the last four – good news for the game’s powerhouse India.Those two look nailed on to reach the last four but any fromSouth Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and even a revitalised West Indies could easily join them.With all 10 teams playing each other once to determine the four semi-finalists, the big teams will have plenty of opportunities to recover from any giant-killing act they may be subjected to by outsiders Bangladesh and Afghanistan.England’s spectacular rise is due to a change in their approach to one-day cricket and Jonny Bairstow reflected that when the opener was recently asked to choose between winning the World Cup and regaining the Ashes.”I am going (to pick the) World Cup because it’s been so long since we’ve had an opportunity to win one,” said Bairstow.advertisement”I think that the amount of work that has gone into this group of players over the last couple of years, building and building, I firmly believe we’ve put an amount of effort in that gives us the best chance.”With home advantage comes home expectation as Eoin Morgan leads arguably the strongest England side in the history of the tournament which has seen a co-host triumph in the last two editions.last_img

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