England at the Cricket World Cup

It hasn’t been a great start for England at this World Cup tournament but there is no need to panic at the moment.

I still believe this tournament comes at a time in which England finds itself in a transition period. I feel the England selectors are still trying to decide on the right team that should be picked. Without doubt there are many choices and a lot of talent to pick from and I believe it is simply down to selecting a side that has a good and solid structure as well as a side that can win games in a consistent manner. Confidence is key and Eoin Morgan’s side is clearly lacking in confidence following some recent dismal performances.

Having taken over as Captain, I still feel Morgan is trying to find his feet. He has been criticised a lot recently but it will surely take time for Morgan to deal with the fact he is responsible for the entire team now as well as his own performance.

Inexperience is very much exposing the England Batsmen so far this World Cup with the likes of Moeen Ali and Gary Ballance throwing away their wickets with rash shots. Nerves, perhaps? Morgan himself as failed to stamp his mark on authority with the bat which is vital if he is to step up and present himself as a leader. New Zealand Captain Brendan McCullum did just that, putting in a batting master class to demolish England. I believe Alex Hales would be a good addition to the England line up as I feel he would add some power at the top of the batting order. As assured as the likes of Ian Bell and Joe Root usually are, Hales promises to add much needed aggression that may fair well given the competitiveness of the top teams. In relation to this, the omission of Ravi Bopara was a mistake as he would have provided the side with some much needed experience and batting ability.

Focusing on the positives, England have already played two of the toughest teams in Australia and New Zealand therefore have a chance to gain some confidence in winnable games against Scotland, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, Surely at least 3 wins out of those 4 games is a realistic target? We’ll see…

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