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Monday, February 14, 2011

Team England: Analysis and Odds for ICC World Cup’11

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England (Group B)
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Group Rivals :- South Africa, India, West indies, Bangladesh, Ireland and Netherlands
Coach :- Andy Flower
Captain :- Andrew Strauss
Best Performance in WC :-  Finalist in 1979, 1987, 1992
Highest Score in WC :-  334-4 (60 Overs) v/s India in WC’75
Lowest Score in WC :- 93 All Out 36.2 Overs) v/s Australia in WC’75
Best Individual Score :- 137, D.Amiss v/s India in WC’75
Best Bowling :- 5-39 VJ Marks v/s Sri Lanka in WC’83
Matches Won/Lost/Tied/NR 36-22-0-1
The Odds :- 14-5
ICC ODI Ranking :- No.5


Jonathon Trott is the man for England in this  edition of the World Cup. He was highest scorer from from England in recently concluded ODI series against Australia. Off-late he is tremendous form and consistently performing well in all formats of the game. He scored two brilliant centuries against Australia in recently concluded ODI series. He is the most talented and reliable player  in English line-up. He is averaging over 53 in ODIs which is commendable achievement in shorter version. His heroics however shadowed because of his team mates like Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Strauss but he is highly rated by cricket experts. His role in this World Cup would be of anchor around whom entire English batting revolves. He is batting on key position of No.3 for England. He will be responsible for holding one end and help England to post big totals or chase down any totals posted by opposition teams. He is also medium pace bowler and bowls regularly and  has the ability to break partnerships.  England is depending highly on this man to help them in winning their first World Cup.
Career-best performance:
Batting: 137 v/s Australia at  Sydney  in 2011
Bowling: 31-2  v/s Australia at Adelaide in 2011
Three time finalist in World Cup but failed to win even once tell the complete story of English cricket. It is big irony country which gave birth to the game of cricket failed thrice to win the elite trophy even after reaching finals. I believe they are even big chokers then South Africa. Howver there are chances are also equally good in this edition of the World Cup if they will play at their full potential. They will be under-pressure going into World Cup because of their humiliating defeat against Australia in recently concluded ODI series where they lost the series 1-6 to Australia. But they can take the solace from their Ashes victory and get inspired to do well. Apart from performance they are having high casualty list which can harm their chances of winning World Cup. 7 players out of the World Cup squad of 15 are injured. Casualty list includes James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Tim Bresnan, Paul Collingwood, Greame Swann, Ajmal Shahjad and Eoin Morgan. Eoin Morgan is already replace by Ravi Bopara and I believe Morgan will be missed badly by England because of his role as finisher in the side. England is hoping that all its injured players will be fit in time. If all these players don’t recover from their injuries then England will be in real trouble and this rob their chance of winning World Cup.  England have big chance of winning this World Cup provided they find eleven fit players. Remember, they are T20 World Cup champions and this clearly suggest their potential of winning the World Cup.

Key Players for England  Andrew Strauss, Jonathon Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Greame Swann and James Anderson.

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