The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 starts on May 30 in England and Wales. The biggest cricket tournament is scheduled to take place in the ‘home of cricket’ and the fans expect some batting friendly pitches throughout the tournament.
England has never won the World Cup title in the previous 11 editions of the quadrennial event. However, they have played 3 World Cup finals during that time. They lost to West Indies in the finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup 1979. England then lost to Australia in the closest finals in the history of the world cup in 1987. Then, in 1992, England reached its second consecutive ICC Cricket World Cup final. However, they were defeated by Pakistan in the finals. This was the third straight loss for England in the World Cup finals.
England has hosted the most numbers of ICC Cricket World Cup. It will host the biggest event in cricket for the 5th time in 12 editions. Previously, England hosted the event in 1975, 1979, 1982 and 1999. They will hope to win the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 on their soil this time.
England might have not won any world cup title so far, however, they are the favourites to win the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 on their home surface. Also, the team has been in a very good form before the start of the world cup. England will reach the finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
England’s batting line up is very deep and has been in good touch lately, scoring over 350 runs. Mark Wood is their predicted 11th batsman, who has a test 50, so the batting is certainly the pillar of England team.
However, the bowling looks weak for England as they have been involved in the most number of 300+ matches. In their latest series against Pakistan, English bowlers gave away many runs as the lowest total for Pakistan in the series was 297 runs in 47 overs and the highest touching 361 runs.
England selectors and captain, Eoin Morgan is having a tough time in selecting their finals 15-member squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. They have got 20 players who have the capabilities to be in the playing 11. With the coming of Jofra Archer, selecting a perfect bowling combination has been the main concern for the English team. Also bearing in mind that Alex Hales was dropped for off-field issues.
Michael Vaughan said in an interview that the conversation between the captain and the selectors would be a tough one. He added, “It’s going to be the worst conversation an England captain or selector has had because whoever misses out deserves to be in that team.”
England will play their arch-rival, Australia in their first warm-up match on May 25 at the Hampshire Bowl Stadium. In their second warm-up match, they’ll play the ICC World Cup Qualifier Champion, Afghanistan on May 27 at the Oval.
England will face South Africa in the opening match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 on May 30 at the Oval. They’ll face Pakistan on June 3 in their second match of the event, followed by Bangladesh and West Indies on June 8 and 14 respectively. England will play against Afghanistan on June 18 and against Sri Lanka on June 21. The hosts will have a tough task in their last 3 matches as they face Australia, India and New Zealand on June 25, June 30 and July 3 respectively.
England’s preliminary 15-member squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 includes: Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (wicketkeeper), Tom Curran, Joe Denly, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.
The final team for the World Cup is yet to be announced but there could be one change from the preliminary squad, Jofra Archer could come in for Liam Plunkett. Also, there is the problem of filling in the seat vacated by Hales.
England has built a strong team with a great combination of experienced and new talented players. The hosts will be one of the top contenders to win their maiden world cup title.