Not too long ago, England was the most ridiculed and mocked ODI side by pundits across the cricketing fraternity. With their coaching staff going under a complete overhaul, a few tough decisions were taken and several seniors were dropped from the ODI setup in order to get in the vibrant and beaming youth in the ODI team.
The result is for everyone to see as England have become one of the most dangerous sides in ODI’s since the last year. A lot of credit behind England’s revolution in the ODI setup must be given to the fact that the side’s batting depth gives it an edge over the other sides. That was pretty evident last evening when England tied the game after being 82-6, while chasing 287 to win the game. In the modern era, only sides with great batting depth tend to be the dangerous ones.
Post the game last night, England bowler Liam Plunkett stated that his side’s batting depth was a major factor. “It shows the depth (batting) we’ve got. It’s good for the team isn’t it? You know you can carry on all the way through an innings. If you struggle up top then hopefully the end can get a big score and if not you can carry on from ball one,” said Plunkett, who hit a six on the last ball of the game to ensure a tie.
Referring to England’s run in the World T20, Plunkett said, “We were dead and buried a couple of times in the World T20. There is a lot of belief in the changing room, particularly with the bat. We are very lucky to get out of this game with a tie and go to Edgbaston at 0-0 all square. The general performance was poor. Bat, ball, field, was really rusty. That was as bad as we have performed with the bat over the past year. A lot of Woakes’ story is that he is competing with Ben Stokes and the two of them are incredible cricketers. We are lucky to have both of them”
Chris Woakes was named the Man of the Match for his efforts and he said, “When me and Jos were in the middle of the partnership, we felt like we were ticking over nicely and could take it deep. Obviously the guys that followed played well. I suppose when you need 10 off 2, you have to start clearing the ropes. But they bowled well in the back end, hit the hole. But for Plunkett to hit it like that was incredible. I was struggling, couldn’t find the fence in the early part. But then I started finding the fence.”