England must improve before the World Cup (1)

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I actually feel pretty much bored whenever I see an England team in coloured clothes.

While all the other teams choose to play the way the modern era demands, England choose to play what they think is the right way, which obviously hasn't done any good.

I predicted 4-0 England in the recently concluded ODI series, mainly because of the fact that I thought India were short of confidence. But they turned the tables and didn't let themselves down in the format that is their strength.

On the other hand, the hosts were shown the mirror with the battering that the men in Blue gave.

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The problem lies in the mindset, the approach that England go with when playing one-day cricket.

They haven't just understood or I might say, they don't want to understand the way limited overs cricket must be played in an era where even a total of 350 doesn't ensure you a win. Gone are the times when 230 used to be massive, these are 300+ times.

However, it is so inept of England not to improve in this format and continue playing the way they have.

Settled XI

As the World Cup approaches us, almost every team has found that settled combination but Alastair Cook's seems the only side that doesn't have any settled XI.

Though, there still are around 10-12 matches to go for England to try and improve in certain areas and in the process get a settled XI too.

I have made out three ways for England to succeed in the ODI version, which way they decide to go is their choice, but things could hardly get much worse.

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