Known as the founders of the game worldwide, England are yet to eclipse the feat that has eluded them for over four decades, ‘win the world cup’. Despite coming within touching distance one more than one occasion, the Poms have failed to make it past the final hurdle. This time however, they start their conquest of the gold once again with a rejuvenated side hoping to regain some lost glory.
Strengths– ‘Pace and bounce’ are aptly the words used to describe the conditions of the pitches down under and these are exactly the scenarios the English bowlers thrive under. They possess a generation that has mastered the art of swinging the new ball and Anderson, Broad and Finn are fine examples of this very art.
The revamped batting structure they possess play host to a lot of youngsters who are all promising talents in the making. The likes of Gary Balance, Joe Root, James Taylor and Jos Butler are indeed proven match winners.
Weakness – Easily one of the best bowling sides in the tournament, the English batting has come under much criticism. Their recent performance in the CB series highlights their frailties against the new ball which has often led to their collapse. Captain Eoin Morgan is still inexperienced in leading the side and he will have a lot of pressure piled up on him after being asked to replace Alistair Cook. This will be a make or break tournament for him in his new role and one can only hope if he is up to the task.
Trump Card – Moeen Ali’s selection as the trump card may surprise a few, but the all rounder has been in the thick of things. His all round skills have tormented a lot of sides in the past year and he will look to double up as England’s main spinner if they opt to drop Tredwell.
Squad: Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Joe Root, James Taylor, James Tredwell, Chris Woakes