Michael Vaughan Predicts ‘Tough Competition’ Between India and England at the 2019 World Cup
Former England Cricket Team skipper Michael Vaughan predicted it would be a tough competition between hosts England and dominating force India at the 2019 World Cup. England’s dominance will be challenging for the visiting teams in the multi-nation tournament. But, the Men in Blue have exhibited prominence with a recent show in away conditions.
Vaughan maintained the World No.2 ranked ODI team, Men in Blue is a force to reckon in English conditions. He added Virat Kohli being at the helm of affairs adds a lot to Team India.
“India have proved they are going to be a force especially with Virat Kohli. So, if I had to narrow it down to two – I would say it is between England and India,” ICC digital quoted Vaughan as saying.
While looking at England’s performance since the 2015 World Cup, the Three Lions have put up a remarkable show with 14 wins out of 21 bilateral series.
England is among the best teams: Vaughan
The veteran cricket from Manchester Vaughan feels Australia has shown some improvement. He believes there are a couple of teams to look at the ODI showpiece. The multi-nation event will culminate with a grand finale on July 14 at the Lord’s. He stated England has been in total control to reap the rewards, particularly in the day-long format.
“England are right up there with the best teams in the world. And that has been proven to be the case over the last few years but there is a group of teams. Australia looks like they might be pulling something together now with their one-day team,” he said.
Vaughan has further praised the efforts of skipper Eoin Morgan for reaping rewards for England in last three years.
“Morgan is a tremendous leader. The way that he has managed the ODI set up for the last four years has been great,” Vaughan maintained.
The traditional approach has changed: Vaughan
“If you think about the way England played in the last World Cup, it was pre-historic and we went with the wrong personnel,” Vaughan said.
Morgan has backed his team in the tough times as prominent batsman has changed England’s fortunes in the white-ball cricket.
“He has ripped that up as soon as got back to English shores. It has really been him that I look at. I think he has changed the way we play and the culture around the ODI team.” Vaughan said on Morgan.
Recently, on the Caribbean shores, England has clinched the two-match Twenty20 International (T20I) series 2-0. Earlier, the visitors levelled the five-match ODI series 2-2. With less than three months to witness the cricketing carnival in the United Kingdom (UK), hosts would eye their maiden title.
England will kick-off their campaign on May 30 as they’re scheduled to face South Africa.
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