Players to look forward to for the world cup – Team England
Joseph Root (Joe Root):
In the last three years, England’s batting has improved immensely and it’s thanks to their captain Joseph Edward Root. The 28-year-old batsman has shown his mettle not only with his Yorkshire County team but also for the national team in all three formats. Root’s recent success against Sri Lanka as Captain definitely puts England in a strong position prior to the 2019 World Cup and we wouldn’t be surprised to see them march their way to the playoffs without breaking a sweat. With an average of just over 50, and a healthy strike rate of 86.7 he will be key to the English team in the World Cup. Root will also be looking forward to the competition as he will have somewhat of a home advantage going in.
Having played for over a decade, the left-handed batsman, right-armed bowler Ben Stokes is clearly an important piece in the English team for the World Cup. Stokes’ combative nature, allied to his powerful frame and outrageous talent, lifted a somewhat diffident England side to another level. Capable of turning games with his batting, his bowling and in the field, the expectations off Stokes are huge! Going into 2019, a year containing an Ashes series and a World Cup, he looks to be a player at the peak of his powers who has finally understood the level of sacrifice and discipline required to coax the best out of his undoubted talent.
For Jason Roy, a Surrey opener of dashing disposition, an adventurous change of emphasis was ideal. His maiden ODI ton had come before the World Cup, against Pakistan in Dubai, but it was in 2016 under the leadership of Eoin Morgan, adamant that England must play free-spirited cricket, that Roy found his voice, making two ODI hundreds against Sri Lanka in England, the second of them – a career-best 162, the second highest ODI score made at the time by an England batsman – coming in front of his adoring home crowd at The Oval. Roy’s obvious ability in the shorter formats led to him twice winning T20 contracts in the Bangladesh Premier League but he struggled to build on a quietly impressive role in Surrey’s 2011 promotion campaign when he made his maiden first-class hundred. In 2013, he made two YB40 centuries – doubling his List A tally – but struggled badly in Championship cricket, scoring just 49 runs in seven innings. It was in 2014 that Roy made the leap from a prodigiously talented but erratic young cricketer to a consistent match-winner. The transformation was particularly evident in the NatWest T20 Blast, where he struck 677 runs at 48.35 apiece – the highest tally in the competition. He had failed to pass 20 in nine ODI innings and was eventually dropped from England’s Champions Trophy side, but his form rebounded with 84 and 96 in late-September ODIs against West Indies.
Those crowd-pleasing innings came along less often than England would have hoped, keeping his average not far above 30, but when they came they were spectacular, communicating the devil-may-care approach of an exciting England side that found itself top of the ODI rankings a year or so before contesting the World Cup on home soil. Let’s hope that the England side has some promising strategies to remain the favourites this year too.