World Cup 2019: How England shape up

World Cup 2019: How England shape up

July 24th, 2019. It is the date when the inventors of the game of cricket will host the coveted World Cup Final at the most hallowed ground of the game, Lords. 

Currently ranked number 1 in ODIs, the English team have age, expertise, and rankings on their side. But how will the side fare in the World Cup 2019?

Home Advantage

World Cup 2019: How England shape up
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One of the biggest advantages that English teams have enjoyed over the years is that they are constantly encouraged to overlook past failures, and only focus on what is to come. The English cricket team is young and bursting with energy, and this will be a huge plus point for them. The summer of 2005 when the Ashes was staged proved that cricket can truly hypnotize the nation. Organizers are expected that with widespread and clever advertising techniques, revenue will be at an all-time high. In addition to this, playing at home in front of a well-educated crowd will always work in their favor, and England will be expected to cash in on it in the World Cup 2019.

Opening Partnership

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With openers Jason Roy and Bairstow, England have nothing to worry about. They form the perfect team, complementing each other successfully while playing long innings. The pair has been responsible for handing the English team with many match-winning opening stands, including a double hundred together. Due to their pairing, the English team has changed their playing tactic. From a policy of holding back and playing calmly, England now follows the route of controlled aggression, which was on full display against West Indies recently, when they chased down 360.

The Captain

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Eoin Morgan buckled under the pressures of the previous management, but Andrew Strauss’ decision to retain him for World Cup 2019 was probably the best ideas in a long time. His team respects his decisions, and he understands which bowler to play, depending on the field conditions. However, the only source of worry for the team is Morgan’s own form. Averaging at 25 the past year, playing at number 4, his future seems shaky. However, he is still more than capable of an attack if England starts strongly. Though inconsistency is an issue with him, Morgan rises to the occasion when need be, like he did against Windies in the first ODI.

The Attack

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Liam Plunkett will be tucking up the bowlers in the middle overs, assisted by Mark Wood and Chris Woakes. England has an ace up their sleeve in the form of Adil Rashid, who can easily be used to null runs and snatch up wickets in the midst of the tournament. However, what England desperately lacks is a bowler like Sunil Narine, who can keep the opposition on their toes at all times. The bowling attack is their biggest worry though, with the pacers often going for a lot of runs throughout the innings. With no variety in the attack and with small grounds, England have struggled to curb runs and have easily allowed opponents to score 300+ runs, which will be a major worry in the tourney.

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The Batting

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England has two very mature players in their team, in the form of Jos Buttler and Joe Root. These players have proven, time and again, that they can be depended on to salvage the lower order. Buttler has learned on how to play on more than one way, modeling his on-field mannerisms on MS Dhoni, possibly the coolest player of the game. Furthermore, Alex Hales can mold himself into any batting situation as well, and it is safe to say that the batting unit is one of the most settled ones among all teams that will play the World Cup.

England has a strong team this year, with players who understand the game, who do not stick to their conventional methods of gameplay, and who can model themselves to play on any surface. These requisites are of utmost importance, especially for a home team looking to redeem themselves and clinch the World Cup 2019, and make themselves a team to reckon with, yet again. England does suffer on slow pitches, but if recent matches are anything to go by, England is slowly becoming a master and they would hope to clinch their maiden title this year.

AB de Villers will play competitive cricket after his retirement

AB de Villers will play competitive cricket after his retirement

AB de Villers is set to play Mzansi T20 League Tournament.

The post-retirement era of AB de Villers begins, he has opted to play a new T20 tournament started by Cricket South Africa.

Cricket South Africa has announced his name for their T20 tournament.

The glimpse of Mr. 360 will be seen once again.

Cricket South Africa has drafted AB de Villers’s name for their new T20 Tournament. This tournament is named as Mzansi Super League T20 Tournament.

Cricket South Africa has named 6 South African players earlier but an injury to Jean-Paul Duminy has forced him out of the tournament.

There are 6 overseas players for who will be playing this tournament.

In all, there will 6 teams which will participate in this mega event.

The names of those teams have been revealed. Those are Cape Town Blitz, Durban Heat, Jozi Stars, Nelson Mandela Bay Giants, Paarl Rocks, and Tshwane Spartans.

This event in South Africa will start on 16th November 2018. This will go on for a month.

But the players will compete for their services in drafts at Johannesburg today.

The name of 5 South African players alongside AB de Villers is, Faf Du Plessis, Kagiso Rabada, Hashim Amla and Imran Tahir.

The 6 overseas players who will play in this new tournament are Chris Gayle, Rashid Khan, Eoin Morgan, David Mallan, Jason Roy, and David Bravo.

ABD will play for Tshwane Spartans, Faf du Plessis will represent Paarl Rocks, Hashim Amla will play for Durban Heat, Kagiso Rabada is in for Jozi Stars and Imran Tahir will feature for the Port-Elizabeth based Nelson Mandela Bay Giants.

This league is named after a colloquial term for South Africa. The chief executive of Cricket South Africa, Thabang Moroe said that the international players want to be part of this tournament. He has received over 200 requests from the players who have expressed their desire to play the Mzansi T20 League Tournament.

The South African Cricket board had a huge loss of approximately 14 million dollars when they failed to host a T20 tournament last year.

England VS Sri Lanka 2nd ODI: The visitors take a lead of 1 – 0

Dambulla was under the clasps of heavy rains once more, but this time there was a result. The English pacers had taken early wickets and by the end of the 16th over, Sri Lanka was 5 wickets down for 74. Those early wickets went on to fetch victory to England in the 2nd ODI. The play was stopped by the end of the 29th over of the Sri Lankan innings, as they were chasing a target of 279. With no chances of any further play, the result was decided by the DLS method. According to DLS, Sri Lanka 140/5 was 31 runs behind the desired target. England thus won the 2nd ODI by 31 runs. 


It was one of those instances in ODIs when Lasith Malinga took a five-for, his 8th. Despite that, a couple of strong knocks from the batsmen helped England put up a total of 278/9 at the end of 50 overs. The batsmen made the best use of the slow pitch maintaining a decent run-rate throughout. Skipper Eoin Morgan scored a solid 92 and at the time of his dismissal, England were 218 for 5 at 41.4 overs. Although he was dismissed early, Joe Root added 71 off 83 deliveries giving England a strong start. The lower order added 60 runs after Eoin Morgan had walked back to the pavilion. 


Sri Lanka’s innings was shaky right from the start. The two openers were removed quickly, by the start of the 4th over. Bagging Dickwella’s wicket, Olly Stone finally got his first ODI victim after being denied a chance to bowl in his first ever ODI game. “Olly bowled exactly as he has in the nets and warm-up and that’s a really good sign. He had pace, got the ball moving. It was all done with a calm head,” Eoin Morgan’s words on Stone. “I don’t think you can disregard Olly from the World Cup based on today,” the skipper added. 


Results and Fixtures:


1st ODI (D/N) –  No Result. (Match abandoned due to a wet outfield). 

2nd ODI – England won by 31 runs. (DLS) 

3rd ODI (D/N) – Kandy: Wednesday, October 17, 2.30 pm Local Time
4th ODI – Kandy: Saturday, October 20, 9.45 am Local Time
5th ODI (D/N) – Colombo: Tuesday, October 23, 2.30pm Local Time

Sri Lanka vs England: Rain leads to No Result in First ODI match

Sri Lanka vs England: Rain leads to No Result in First ODI match

The first ODI match between home team Sri Lanka and touring team England held on October 10 ends with No Result. After 15 overs of play in Dambulla, heavy rain interrupted play. As a substantial storm whizzed through the ground of play and even though the covers were on throughout the field the umpires gauged it would be unsafe for the players to play on a wet outfield. 

England was on a steady 92 for the loss of two wickets when the rain had stopped play. After winning the toss, the Sri Lankan captain chose to field first. Skipper Dinesh Chandimal thought the moisture would help his bowlers have the edge. Sri Lankan bowlers Lasith Malinga, Akila Dananjaya and Nuwan Pradeep had bowled five overs each. Although Dananjaya and Pradeep had dismissed both English openers, Jason Roy and Johnny Bairstow, captain Eoin Morgan and Joe Root held it together for England.

The English skipper said that the umpires “made the right decision” and as much as they wanted the play to continue “player safety is paramount”. “It was quite competitive in the first 15 overs,” he said. The game was just starting to unfold. They took two wickets, and me and Root had just started to get something going, but I don’t think I could predict what would have happened from there,” Morgan added. 

England was already short of practice as both the warm-up matches prior to the series were affected by weather and bad light. While the first practice match was reduced to 35.3 overs due to bad light, the second was washed out entirely. Both those matches were scheduled in Colombo, the first of which was won by England by 43 runs(DLS method). Debutant Olly Stone who was picked in the English squad and eventually in the playing XI of the first ODI didn’t get to perform. He remained wicketless in the first practice match against Sri Lanka XI wherein he bowled six overs and conceded 32 runs. 


Results and Fixtures:


1st ODI (D/N) –  No Result. (Match abandoned due to a wet outfield) 

2nd ODI – Dambulla: Saturday, October 13, 9.45 am Local Time
3rd ODI (D/N) – Kandy: Wednesday, October 17, 2.30 pm Local Time
4th ODI – Kandy: Saturday, October 20, 9.45 am Local Time
5th ODI (D/N) – Colombo: Tuesday, October 23, 2.30pm Local Time

Here’s the England ODI squad for Sri Lanka tour

The England tour of Sri Lanka starts in October, just a week after the finale of the ongoing Asia Cup. The two teams are scheduled to play five ODIs, three Tests and one T20I starting from October 10 to November 27. England leaves for Colombo on September 30 and will play two practice one-day matches on October 5 and 6. 

The ODI squad:

The 5-match ODI series starts on October 10 and ends on October 23. England have announced their squad for the same while the squad for the only T20I is yet to be announced. 

Squad: Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Olly Stone, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood

Ben Stokes and Alex Hales have been included in England’s one-day 16-man squad to tour Sri Lanka, after being charged with bringing the game into disrepute for the incident outside a Bristol nightclub last September. England’s star all-rounder Ben Stokes was found not guilty in August this year, while Alex Hales was not charged. The independent Cricket Discipline Commission (CDC) hearing will be held on 5 and 7 December. Sam Curran, England’s biggest find this season, has also been included in the ODI squad. The 16-man squad also includes his brother Tom Curran, and if they both feature together in the same ODI match their pair will become the first brothers to play for England in the same match since Adam and Ben Hollioake in 1999.

Uncapped Warwickshire fast bowler earns maiden ODI call--up.
Warwickshire’s Olly Stone has been earned both Test and ODI call-ups.

Uncapped Warwickshire fast bowler Olly Stone has been incorporated into both the squads- ODI’s and Tests. Stone got his place into the ODI squad as a replacement for Liam Plunkett who will miss the first three matches of the series to get married. Stone is currently one of the quickest bowlers in the country and has been a regular this season after recovering from previous injury problems. In this year’s Royal London One-Day Cup, Stone was the highest amongst wicket-takers, with 12 wickets at 28.17.

The Schedule for ODIs

1st ODI (D/N) – Dambulla: Wednesday, October 10, 9.30am Local Time
2nd ODI – Dambulla: Saturday, October 13, 5 am Local Time
3rd ODI (D/N) – Kandy: Wednesday, October 17, 9.30am Local Time
4th ODI – Kandy: Saturday, October 20, 5 am Local Time
5th ODI (D/N) – Colombo: Tuesday, October 23, 9.30am Local Time

England’s whitewash series over Australia

England VS Australia

The fifth and final one-day international match at Old Trafford on Sunday saw England gain a full victory over Australia ending the series at a final score of 5-0. Jos Buttler’s undefeated 110 saw the team to a one-wicket win over their opponents. This is England’s first ever whitewash win over Australia in the 140 years the teams have battled each other on the field internationally. 

But it didn’t seem like England had this win in the bag until Buttler came in. They got off to a disastrous start with a target of 206 to chase and a score of 114 for 8. Buttler then came in and reduced the target to 11 runs shy of a victory. Adil Rashid (20) helped his partner to put 81 runs on the board and was dismissed just when the game was turning its luck. 

Australia has not been having a good ride with ODIs recently as this adds on as their sixteenth defeat in their last 18 ODI matches. This includes nine defeats out of ten matches against England itself. Although this may be England’s first whitewash victory over the Land Down Under, Australia is no stranger to whitewash defeats as they faced one recently at the hands of South Africa. This may just be their wake-up call to up their game in the ODI series.

England, however, had a record-breaking win in their third match with a score of 481-6 at Trent Bridge, following that with a victory with five overs to spare in Durham on Thursday.  

Buttler broke some personal records himself facing 100 balls for the first time in an ODI match. Openers Jason Roy (304) and Jonny Bairstow (300) were the leading run-scorers. Buttler made a total of 275 runs but was the bigger threat in the series being dismissed only twice. Spinners Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid took out a combined total of 24 wickets. They did not let slip many runs either with an average of 5.09 to 5.60 runs per over. 

Australian Captain Tim Paine had a disappointing performance as he found himself run out for one in the final match, ending his series total at 36 – the lowest scored by an Australian captain in a five-day series. 

“We should have chased that total down with ease, but it’s fantastic to win it. They’re so enjoyable when you win by a wicket. It’s a good habit to have, knowing how to win and finding a way to win when you probably shouldn’t. Adil Rashid played a fantastic hand, and so did Jake Ball. He soaked it up and handled it brilliantly.”, said Man of the Match, Jos Buttler. 

“Today was mesmerizing. Jos was outstanding. Everyone in that changing room is very proud of him. We were very poor today and Jos really did pull something special out to get us over the line.”, said England captain Eoin Morgan.

“We’ve certainly been taught a lesson by a world-class outfit. We had them under pressure. Jos and Rashid played really well but we didn’t get enough balls in the right area. With a bat, ball and in the field during this series, we’ve folded a little bit.”, said Australian captain Tim Paine. 

Jos Buttler knew that it was down to him. You get a sense that he really enjoyed it – MS Dhoni and AB de Villiers are like that. You need to have a huge amount of inner belief and strength. Without him, this England team would be a very good one. With him, they’re outstanding.”, said former England captain Michael Vaughan. 

Another international series down as Australia will attempt to rise back from the ashes and England celebrates a mark made in history.