The 2015 World Cup was an ultimate low for England, as the side failed to even qualify for the quarter-finals. The loss to Bangladesh which sealed their exit from the tournament was simply an eye opener for the unit. Post the World Cup, though; it is fair to assert that England has been the most improved ODI outfit. The methods applied by Trevor Bayliss as the head coach have not just got them the results but have also made England a ferocious ODI side.
According to former England skipper Nasser Hussain, the current ODI setup, is England’s strongest ODI team of all time. Hussain’s comments make a lot of sense, as the English have played an absolutely ruthless brand of cricket. After thrashing Pakistan in the first 4 ODI’s, it will be interesting to see whether the hosts complete a whitewash.
“Who could you leave out of any previous England one-day team?” Hussain wrote in his column. “Alex Hales? Jason Roy? Joe Root? Jos Buttler? Eoin Morgan? Ben Stokes? They are by far the most powerful and thrilling unit we have ever had.” Hussain went on to say that this side was even stronger than England’s team in the 1992 World Cup.
“It is difficult to make comparisons with England’s best one-day team before now – Graham Gooch’s 1992 World Cup runners-up – because it is such a different game. “But, with caveats, you have to say Morgan’s side must be regarded as being better. “However good Gooch’s side were – after all, the iconic Ian Botham was a member – the current side would beat them.”
“It is a big call when you look at Gooch’s side. “Allan Lamb was one of the great one-day batsmen and Neil Fairbrother was a magnificent limited-overs finisher. Not to mention the captain himself. “The question is whether Gooch, Lamb or Fairbrother would get into this XI. And who you leave out,” Hussain wrote.