ICC World Cup 2019 – Team England, Probable XI, Past Record, Fantasy Ratings, Fixtures

England is the country that formed the game of cricket but ironically has never won an ODI World Cup in the 44-year history of the tournament. Even though England has reached three finals during this time, the last being in 1992, the country has failed to lift the coveted trophy. It has been a long time since an England cricket team has been considered one of the favourites for the World Cup. England had a poor World Cup even the last time they played in the island nations of Australia and New Zealand in 2015, going out in the group stage itself.

After the third such successive World Cup, the administration took a huge decision to ditch the traditional style of playing and instead opted for an aggressive approach required in this format. Ever since, the England ODI team has not looked back and is now the number 1 ranked team in ODIs, under the impressive leadership of Eoin Morgan.

If the England cricket team has to thank someone for this turnaround then it has to be its captain Eoin Morgan. Morgan, appointed as the captain just before the 2015 World Cup, did not get enough time to bring about a cultural change in the ODI team then, resulting in an early exit. However, since that debacle, Morgan asked for some major changes in the team in all departments. He made sure that the players were in the team based on their capabilities required for this format and not just because of their clout or stature in general.

Now with a group of extraordinary players under him, he has turned the England team into one of the strongest outfits in world cricket right now. The side has not lost a bilateral series in the last couple of years, which just shows their incredible consistency.

Full Squad:

Eoin Morgan (C), Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, James Vince, Jos Buttler (WK), Ben Stokes, Liam Dawson, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood and Tom Curran.

Probable XI:

Eoin Morgan (C), Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Jos Buttler (WK), Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett and Adil Rashid.

Past record in the World Cups:

Year Result
1975 Eliminated in Semi-finals
1979 Runners-up
1983 Eliminated in Semi-finals
1987 Runners-up
1992 Runners-up
1996 Eliminated in Quarter-finals
1999 Eliminated in Group Stage
2003 Eliminated in Group Stage
2007 Eliminated in Super 8
2011 Eliminated in Quarter-finals
2015 Eliminated in Group Stage
England is now the number 1 ODI team in ICC rankings under the impressive leadership of Eoin Morgan. (Photo by Nigel French/PA Images via Getty Images)

Current Fantasy Rating based on recent performances:

Eoin Morgan:

The captain of the England cricket team has been in superb form recently. He is leading from the front and in 222 ODIs has an average of 39.64. His county cricket form of late has been average but against Pakistan in the last home series he has hit 3 fifty run scores. Rating: 7/10

Jason Roy:

Jason Roy has been enjoying a delightful purple patch as far as batting form goes. He has been in solid form since the tour of West Indies. Against Pakistan in three ODIs he has scores of 87, 76 and 114. Rating: 8/10

Jonny Bairstow:

The English wicketkeeper batsman was in solid form for SRH in IPL 2019. In 10 matches for SRH he scored 445 runs at a blistering strike rate of 157.24 and top scored with 114 runs. Rating: 8.5/10

Joe Root:

Root is one of the top three best batsmen in the world alongside Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson. The Englishman is very consistent with the bat averaging 50.47 in 132 ODI matches. In the recent series against Pakistan he got good starts in every single match but could only capitalise in the last game scoring 84 runs in Leeds. Rating: 8.5/10

Jos Buttler:

Buttler has been in the form of his life. He started the IPL 2019 season for Rajasthan with a bang, but a controversial Mankading incident made him lose some focus and his form petered away. In 8 IPL matches Buttler scored 311 runs at an average of 38.87. He played well in the warm-up game against Australia as well and scored a handy 52. Rating: 8/10

Ben Stokes:

The English all-rounder had an average IPL 2019 with Rajasthan scoring only 123 runs in 8 matches and taking only 6 wickets. England will be hoping that Stokes gets back to his best form soon and that is quite possible if he is aided by the English conditions. He has gone wicketless in the last series against Pakistan but made a handy 71 not out with the bat. Rating: 6.5/10

Moeen Ali:

Moeen Ali had a more than average outing for RCB during IPL 2019. In the batting department he scored 220 runs in 11 matches at an impressive strike rate of 165.41. He was used frugally in the bowling department and only managed 6 wickets. Rating: 6/10

Jofra Archer:

Archer is the premium strike bowler in the England line-up. He had a decent season with Rajasthan in IPL 2019 taking 11 wickets at an economy rate of 6.76. In the Pakistan series before the World Cup, Archer took 5 wickets in the three matches that he has played. Rating: 7.5/10

Chris Woakes:

Woakes has been in solid form with both ball and bat for England. He has 10 wickets in England’s home series against Pakistan with a 5-wicket haul in one game. He has also managed a handy 40 runs coming lower down the order against Australia in England’s warm-up game. Rating: 8/10

Liam Plunkett:

Plunkett has been among the wickets in every match he has played since the start of May. Plunkett has an ODI economy of 5.90 and 124 wickets in 82 matches. In the warm-up game against Australia he boasted figures of 4 for 69 runs and 19 runs with the bat. Rating: 8.5/10

Adil Rashid:

Even after suffering a poor round of form, Adil Rashid is in the England team for the foreseeable future and also completes England’s need of a leg spinner. Rashid’s overall ODI record speaks in his favour with 132 wickets in 88 matches at an economy rate of 5.61. Rating: 5.5/10

England’s most recent tour at home:

Venue Result Highest run-scorer Highest wicket-taker
Bristol PAK: 358/9, ENG: 359/4; ENG won by 6 wickets Jonny Bairstow – 128 Chris Woakes – 4/67
Trent Bridge PAK: 340/7, ENG: 341/7; ENG won by 3 wickets Jason Roy – 114 Tom Curran – 4/75
Headingly ENG: 351/9, PAK: 297; ENG won by 54 runs Joe Root – 84 Chris Woakes – 5/54

England Fixtures:

Date Opponent Venue
30th May 2019 South Africa London
3rd June 2019 Pakistan Nottingham
8th June 2019 Bangladesh Cardiff
14th June 2019 West Indies Southampton
18th June 2019 Afghanistan Manchester
21st June 2019 Sri Lanka Leeds
25th June 2019 Australia London
30th June 2019 India Birmingham
3rd July 2019 New Zealand Chester-Le-Street

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