As the 12th edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup dawns on us, it is time to pick the favourites. Cricket pundits believe that Morgan and his men are the team to beat this summer. Back in 2015, the Englishmen were seen running for cover. A heartbreaking defeat at the hands of minnows Bangladesh knocked them out of the world cup. Former England captain and Essex legend Nasser Hussain described the defeat as ‘ one of the lowest points in English cricketing history.’
Four years down the line, the men from England have succeeded in reinventing their game. Their batsmen can be seen piling on the runs. The likes of Johnny Bairstow, Jason Roy, and Joe Root can be seen ‘eating’ hundreds for breakfast. A match against the Aussies ( Trent Bridge, 2018) saw them scoring a mammoth 481/6 in 50 overs. Trent Bridge has always been a happy hunting ground for the Three Lions. Of late, the pitch at Trent Bridge has been a graveyard for the bowlers.
Many believe that Englishmen are the favourites to lift the silverware this time around. Let us take a look at the reasons.
The Morgan Factor
Eion Morgan, the lad from Ireland, is known to marshall his troops with courage. According to Michael Vaughan, Morgan had taken this England team ‘from the gutter.’ After their shock exit from the 2015 World Cup, Morgan took it upon himself to rebuild the team. Consequently, the old war horses ( Ian Bell, Jonathan Trott, Stuart Broad, and James Anderson) were asked to make way for youngsters. Controlled aggression happens to be the mantra behind Morgan’s success. He is known to mix caution with aggression. Furthermore, his on-field tactics are dynamic. Also, there’s a perpetual bubble of energy that tends to surround Morgan. He doesn’t leave loose ends.
The Batting Firepower
Batting firepower happens to be the driving force behind England’s turn of fortunes. Jason Roy (Surrey) and Johnny Bairstow (Yorkshire) will take care of the opening duties. Both these men are two of the finest opening batsmen in world cricket.
The middle order is no less lethal. Joe Root, Eion Morgan, and Ben Stokes can tear apart any given bowling line-up when they’re on song. With a number of match-winners in their ranks, they’ll back themselves to chase just about any given total.
Grey skies, occasional drizzle and cold gusts of wind. Ah, that’s England for you. They say there’s no place like home and we couldn’t agree more. The grey skies make the ball seam and swing. Batsmen from the subcontinent are expected to have a hard time out there. Asian teams have struggled to come to terms with the pace and bounce on offer at Old Trafford. England, with a potent bowling attack at their disposal, would certainly make the oppositions hop and jump this time around.
A potent bowling attack
Jofra Archer’s inclusion into the team is set to bolster the bowling reserves. The Jamaican-born can generate some serious pace. An ability to hit high 140s frequently makes him a potent weapon in English conditions.
So, all in all, the Englishmen are all set to give the opponents a torrid time this time around. If you happen to be a die-hard cricket lover, then it’s time to show your support. You can choose from a wide range of VIP hospitality packages. This is your chance to live your dream. Don’t let it slip away. We have cricket hospitality packages that you’ll love.
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