So, with less than 500 days to go now for the ICC World Cup 2015 that’ll be played in Australia and New Zealand, almost every captain has started to take a look at what stocks he has and what players should be kept an eye on.
The reason of course being the importance of a 50 over World Cup and also that it has to be played in the Australian continent, which not at all is an easy place to play.
Among all the teams, the only team that looks almost all set for the challenge and poses a humongous threat to every other opponent is England because of the balance of the team and experience of performing extravagantly on the Australian soils.
Many of you would be wondering why not India?
Let me explain it to you.
When the Champion’s Trophy took place in England, the ECB laid some new drainage systems and the moisture of the pitch was somewhat low.
This actually made the English pitches behave like the sub-continental ones, hence the Indian was able to perform well.
Also, during the final, the Edgbaston pitch started to turn sharply which helped the Men in Blue to get even more dangerous.
Of course India played well but they were helped by the pitches too.
England were almost stunned by the way the pitch behaved in the final because they never have seen such spinning wickets and they were not prepared for such a pitch either.
But in Australia only the true legends of the game can generate spin. And that is what will make the English even more confident - they can play to their strengths.
The team that’ll board the flight to Australia will be very much the same that played the Champions Trophy.
So, let us take a look at the team now.
First comes the England captain Alastair Cook who has been in staggering form in the ODIs and is one of the reasons why they have been successful in the limited version of the game.
He and his confidence really are going to be a key for England.
In a recent press conference he said: “We have been improving steadily as a one-day side in recent years and are very much looking forward to the challenge of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015."
"We got close to winning our first 50-over ICC event, finishing as runners-up in the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 and will be working hard in the coming months to ensure we give ourselves the best possible opportunity to go one step further in 2015."
On the other hand, the Coventry lad Ian Bell hasn’t been out of form in the ODIs since his comeback against the Caribbean kings.
He has averaged over 50 since then.
Coming to the middle order now, Jonathan Trott has been Mr. Reliable for England. In the recent series against the Aussies, he was egregious, but one series of ill-form doesn’t matter.
Kevin Pietersen would be an integral part of the side when they start their campaign in the World Cup as he has always got runs on Australian pitches and can punish any bowling attack with ease.
Ravi Bopara is the one that the British would go with as an all rounder, rightly so because of his recent form and day by day improving technique.
Jos Buttler, Joe Root, Michael Carberry and Ben Stokes are all those players that are yet to ensconce on the team though they have been good and should be sanguine of settling down.
Coming to the bowling attack, obstreperous and redoubtable are the words that define it in the laconic sense.
It is an attack that every batsman would find loathsome to play against because of the quality.
Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad, Steven Finn, Graeme Swann, Tim Bresnan and James Tredwell have all ripped the best batting attacks apart on one or the other occasion.
It would be impetuous to not give the favourites tag to England.
The obduracy of the English team in the sense that they don’t stop playing well and they don’t lose confidence is their best quality and it has made them even more dangerous.
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