ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Stuart Broad And Michael Vaughan Are Confident About The Present England Team
England cricket team is getting ready to face one of their busiest home summers where they will play the Cricket World Cup as well as the Ashes series. English pacer Stuart Broad believes that England can win both these trophies. Meanwhile, the former English captain Michael Vaughan also has positive feelings about England’s success in this home summer.
England and Wales are set to host the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup that will run from 30th May to 14th July. A total of top ten teams will participate in this 12th edition of the Cricket World Cup. The no.1-ranked side England will start this tournament by playing the opening match of this tournament against South Africa at The Oval (London) on 30th May.
Though England is one of the oldest teams in international cricket history, they haven’t won a Cricket World Cup yet. Their best Cricket World Cup record is finishing as the runners-up for three times (1979, 1987 and 1992).
However, many cricket experts believe that England will play in the upcoming Cricket World Cup as the hot favourite.
Meanwhile, after the completion of the Cricket World Cup, England will play the home Ashes series against Australia from 1st August to 16th September. England has won their all home Ashes series since 2005, but Australia will play the upcoming Ashes series as the defending title holders.
We can make this a summer to remember by winning trophies – Stuart Broad
Stuart Broad believes that the present England side has an excellent opportunity to win both these reputed series this summer.
According to AFP, Broad recently said, “It’s awesome, the summer of our generation. What an opportunity for the game to grow and inspire.
“I look back to when I was a kid, you get inspired by big series like World Cups and the Ashes. That’s the added pressure on us as players. We can make this a summer to remember by winning trophies.”
Apart from winning the 2010 ICC World T20, England has never won another ICC trophy yet. In the last six Cricket World Cups, England has never advanced to the semi-finals.
However, Broad believes that the present England team has the best ever chance to win a Cricket World Cup. Talking about their strongest thing in ODI cricket, Broad pointed out England’s lengthy batting line-up.
He added, “It’s the men’s best ever chance to win a 50-over World Cup. I’ve never seen a (England) ODI team go in with the quality this one has got, particularly in the batting, the top seven.”
This England side have got all the tools required to win – Michael Vaughan
On the other hand, the former captain Michael Vaughan also has a similar faith about the present English ODI side. He has claimed that the current English ODI team has all the necessary tools which can guide them to the victory.
Vaughan said, “They are a lot better (at one-day cricket). We weren’t good enough — that’s a fact. This England side have got all the tools required to win.
“It’s not going to be plain sailing, they are not going to have it all their own way. There will be difficult tosses they might lose, they might get on a tricky pitch in the semi-final like they did two years ago in the Champions Trophy (when they lost to Pakistan in Cardiff).
“I just think this England group, for the past four years since the last World Cup have had a clear definition of the plan. In the past, we’ve kind of arrived at a World Cup just hoping ‘Freddie’ (Andrew Flintoff) might just produce a magic day, or KP (Kevin Pietersen) might do something, or back in the day Alec Stewart might get you off to a good start. This team have got a real clear plan for every person’s role in the side. You go from 1-11 and you could argue that every single player could get in another team.”
Michael Vaughan also revealed the other strong contenders for the upcoming Cricket World Cup
He added, “I’m concerned about the Aussies, I think they’ve just started to stumble across something good at the right time. Pakistan are always a threat, India but they (England) have got everything going for them.”
The record five-time World Cup winners Australia will participate in the upcoming Cricket World Cup as the defending champions. Meanwhile, the 1992 World Cup winners Pakistan won the last ICC Champions Trophy (2017) in England.
On the other hand, the two-time World Cup winners India is one of the most consistent sides at present.
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