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ICC World Cup 2015: Team Analysis- England


  • The ICC Cricket World Cup is just 2 days away with England playing in the second match against Australia on Day 1 of the World Cup. The dark horses England can strike gold with unexpected thrillers and have the ability to shock the world by winning the title for the first time. Isn’t it odd that a country who introduced the cricket to the world is without a World Cup trophy? The closest they have come to in a World Cup is the finals, that too for three times. The 1987 WC final against Australia was the best for them in the WC where they almost won the title but thanks to Mike Gatting’s reverse sweep which was the turning point in Australia’s WC victory.

    England’s WC history:

    Year

    Position

    1975

    Semi-Finalists

    1979

    Runners Up

    1983

    Semi-Finalists

    1987

    Runners Up

    1992

    Runners Up

    1996

    Quarter-Finalists

    1999

    First Round

    2003

    First Round

    2007

    Super 8’s

    2011

    Quarter-Finalists

    England Squad for the 2015 World Cup:

    Captain: Eoin Morgan

    Coach: Peter Moores

    Batsmen

    · Moeen Ali

    · Ian Bell

    · Alex Hales

    · James Taylor

    · Gary Ballance

    · Joe Root

    · Eoin Morgan

    Bowlers

    · James Tredwell

    · Stuart Broad

    · James Anderson

    · Steven Finn

    · Chris Woakes

    All-Rounders

    · Ravi Bopara

    · Chris Jordan

    Wicket-Keeper

    · Jos Buttler

    Strengths:

    · A perfect mix and match of batsmen, pace bowlers, medium pace bowlers and spinners

    · Dark horses of the World Cup. No real pressure on them, just go out there and perform

    · Batting form of Ian Bell and opening between Ian Bell and Moeen Ali is looking confident.

    · James Taylor, a perfect no.3 batsman for England

    · Having Eoin Morgan as captain and one of the finest finishers in the game in their side.

    · Bowling, especially from James Anderson and Stuart Broad.

    Weakness:

    · Middle-order batting

    · Eoin Morgan’s inconsistency with the bat

    · Too much dependence on James Anderson for early wickets.

    · Lack of quality spin bowlers in the side

    X- Factor for England in the World Cup:

    He has been with the team for not a long time but he was picked for the World Cup. Yes, it is James Taylor, a batsmen who bats with a cricketing sense can be England’s man for the World Cup. If it was not for the tri-series, Gary Ballance would have got his place back in the ODI side. However, James Taylor excellent run with the bat in the tri series and fluency in batting and his technique is the player to watch out for in the tournament. He is watchful at the start but doesn’t miss out on loose deliveries. He mixes caution with aggression perfectly. In a short span, he has cemented a place for him in the World Cup and he will be looking to lick his lips and go out to bat when he steps up against Australia on his World Cup debut.

    Impact Players:

    1. Ian Bell:

    England’s highest run scorer in the ODI’s, Ian Bell, has the ability to bat the entire 50 overs and stay unbeaten. His class and variety of shots is what he is admired for. Englishmen don’t play spin well but Ian Bell is an exception. A gritty batsman and the knack of scoring big runs is what make him an excellent player. He has taken up the opening slot in the World Cup and in the recently concluded tri-series; he has been the man with the bat for England.

    2. Jos Butler:

    A wicket-keeper batsman, Jos Butler is making into the World Cup for his abilities to finish a game. His unorthodox cricketing style and his cameos in the end makes him an important asset to this English side. Add to that is his excellent keeping skills, be it diving to take a catch or stumping. With early wickets falling, Jos Butler can also play a role of building up an innings. He can even be used as a pinch hitter; which has actually got extinct in ODI cricket nowadays.

    3. Eoin Morgan:

    The captain himself can step out any day and send those reverse sweeps and paddle scoops for sixes and fours. In the recent tri-series, where the wickets fell early, Morgan stepped up and scored a hundred against India which means he can bat both ways. His captaincy is still yet to be tested, but he is an intelligent cricketer with a big cricketing brain.

    4. James Anderson:

    We all know about him what he can do with the new ball, with the old ball, with the swing, with the bounce. Now imagine what he will do on Australian pitches where he will get bounce plus swing. An excellent bowler combined with a brain which can read the batsman’s mind, James Anderson is going to be England’s go to man. 

    Possible Playing XI: 

    Moeen Ali, Ian Bell, James Taylor, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, Ravi Bopara, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Steven Finn

    England’s Schedule in the ICC World Cup 2015:

    Match No.

    Date

    Against

    Venue

    Time

    1

    14-2-2015

    Australia

    Melbourne

    0900 IST

    2

    20-2-2015

    New Zealand

    Wellington

    0630 IST

    3

    23-2-2015

    Scotland

    Christchurch

    0330 IST

    4

    1-3-2015

    Sri Lanka

    Wellington

    0330 IST

    5

    9-3-2015

    Bangladesh

    Adelaide

    0900 IST

    6

    13–3-2015

    Afghanistan

    Sydney

    0900 IST

    Quarter Finals begin from March 18

    Semi-Finals Takes place on March 24 and March 26

    Final on March 29 in Melbourne

     

     

     

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