Traditionally, England has been a team which has tended to underperform at the major ODI tournaments. In fact, despite being the birthplace of the game, they are yet to win the most coveted trophy in the game. These past failures can be attributed to a number of reasons – lack of fitness, big match pressure and even lack of desired skill levels. However, since the 2015 World Cup in Australia/New Zealand, England have steadily built an excellent squad working towards the next mega event. So here are three reasons why England can win the 2019 World Cup on their own turf:
1) Brilliant Buttler
The dynamic wicket keeper batsman Jos Buttler has been in scintillating form over the last few months. This has also led to a mini revival for his floundering Test career. His performances in the IPL were truly outstanding. In fact he was very close to being the most valuable overseas player, although Kane Williamson clearly trumped him. Nevertheless, he could be very dangerous in his own backyard and help England attain glory.
2) Sensational Stokes
Yes, I admit that Stokes has not been at his devastating best recently, but this is a player who has the ability to take on the best teams in the world and beat them almost single-handedly. His off-field antics have not been the best, however, Stokes is one man who could prove to be a trump card for England – especially on home turf. His humungous hitting skills down the order, coupled with his ability to generate pace with the ball, could ensure that England go a long way.
3) Captain Morgan
Eoin Morgan has been a curious case for a very long time. He has outshone his counterparts at certain times, while failing to deliver at other key instances. However, he is now an experienced ODI captain and knows how to deal with the demands of the game. His astute captaincy has helped England in becoming a force to be reckoned with. Over the past two years, he has provided some excellent impetus to England’s middle overs batting which has helped them post high totals – something not associated with them previously.
To sum up, England will feel they have a real chance to break their duck in terms of ODI World Cups next year. They are on home turf, are in decent form and have built a deep enough squad with decent quality fringe players like Tom Curran and Reece Topley. The England fans will certainly hope for their sporting dose of glory!