The current ODI number one and the host of the ICC World Cup 2019, England are the favourites to lift the trophy along with India. With the home conditions, England observe an upper hand over other teams. The batting and bowling attack are well-balanced and could do serious damage to any opposition.
England led by Eoin Morgan are being considered as a strong opponents for any match up. Players like Jonny Bairstow, Jos Butler, Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes and Mark Wood England possess a heavy armory to their squad.
England Cricket Team:
Eoin Morgan (c), Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Liam Dawson, Joe Root, Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Tom Curran, James Vince, Mark Wood.
Head coach: Trevor Bayliss
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This will be the fifth time when England will be going to host a ICC World Cup tournament and are considered as the favourites by most of the cricketing greats.
Ahead of the World Cup, England made some significant changes to their preliminary squad. England replaced Alex Hales, Joe Denly and David Willey with the likes of Liam Dawson, James Vince and Jofra Archer. Jofra made it to the headlines following his all round display in recently concluded IPL.
Jofra Archer holds the capability of delivering yorkers at a pace of 145km/h and also can hit maximums at much needed time, these are the capabilities on which team like England cannot afford to miss.
England will begin their campaign against South Africa on May 30 at the Kennington Oval, London.
The current form of English batsmen sums up the equation for the hosts. Jos Butler continued his good form following IPL and so is the case with Jonny Bairstow. Eoin Morgan, Joe Root are their to support the batting in middle order.
Apart from the batsmen, English bowling is also far superior with the likes of Mark Wood, Liam Plunkett and Jofra Archer for pace bowling attack and Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid will add further boost with their spin attack.
With all 10 teams at the World Cup part of the round-robin group stage, each team will play a total of nine matches before the knockout stages, starting July 9. The top four teams will qualify for the knockouts.