ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Joe Root Believes They Can Learn Plenty Things From Australia
England Test captain Joe Root has recently claimed that they can learn plenty of things from Australia’s international cricket journey.
Since the beginning of Cricket World Cup, Australia has played great cricket. In the last 20 years, they have shown their dominance for multiple times. Australia has won most Cricket World Cups, which is the five times. Their always strong squads have proven their high-quality professionalism on the game.
Root recently told Sky Sports, “Australia have always had strong squads. They’ve gone into every World Cup right up there in terms of the rankings and depth within their squad for a number of those World Cups and they’ve won pressure moments. So there’s plenty to learn from them as a side.”
We want to beat Australia’s strongest side – Joe Root
Since early 2018, Australian national cricket team hugely struggled in international cricket. For a long time, they were seriously struggling to win a match.
However, just ahead of the upcoming Cricket World Cup, Australia has won all their last eight ODIs. Moreover, in-form David Warner and Steven Smith have returned to the national side after completing their one-year suspensions. Root wants to beat the strongest Australian team in the upcoming Cricket World Cup.
Root said, “We’ve got two of the best players [Warner and Smith] back playing for Australia now. It’s bubbling up very nicely to be a very exciting series, and I’m sure that World Cup game won’t disappoint either. We want to beat Australia’s strongest side and those two are definitely in that. It’s a very exciting period for us, and we’ve got such a great opportunity to do something very special.”
I’d like to think that the way that we’ve improved over this four-year cycle – Joe Root
England and Australia will meet in the upcoming Cricket World Cup on 25th June at Lord’s (London). Ahead of the Cricket World Cup, they will face each other in the pre-World Cup warm-up match on 25th May at Southampton.
Since England’s shocking early Group Stage-exit from the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, England has grown up incredibly. Out of their 88 ODIs since the previous Cricket World Cup, England won 58 ODIs and lost 23 ODIs. Since the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy, England has won 15 ODIs out of their 18 home ODIs, and they have lost only one home ODI.
Currently, England is standing on the no.1 position in the ODI teams rankings since May 2018.
Talking about their incredible rise, Root stated, “I’d like to think that the way that we’ve improved over this four-year cycle, we are probably ahead of where we thought we would be at this stage. We’ve worked really hard to deserve the tag of the No.1-ranked team going into the tournament; I think we should enjoy that. We should get a lot of confidence from that and really embrace that and enjoy what we’ve been doing and take it forward into the games.
“The best thing about it is that we are confident, but we are realistic that nothing is ever given to you in this game, and that you are going to have to continue to work very hard. To win a tournament, you have to be consistent as well.”
England will play the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup as the host side (England and Wales). This 12th edition of the Cricket World Cup will run between 30th May and 14th July. The three-time World Cup runners-up England will play the opening match of the tournament against South Africa at The Oval (London).
Ahead of their Cricket World Cup journey, England will play two warm-up matches against Australia (25th May) and Afghanistan (27th May).
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