Can England win the World Cup?

England has been doing well in the shortest format of Cricket in the recent past. They have nearly every trick up their sleeve when it comes to T20 cricket. They have shown promising signs of doing good in the upcoming World Cup in Australia. It will be one heck of an experience to taste glory on the soil of arch-rivals. England felt short in 2016. They were mesmerizingly close to winning the trophy but Carlos Brathwaite came to rescue his side. He smashed four back-to-back sixes to set the Eden Gardens on fire. Glory was snatched from the hands of England that day. Ben Stokes, the most hyped player on the English side, fell to the ground after conceding those sixes. He was destined to carry the blame for loss for the rest of his career that day. However, he did play a crucial role in making England champions of the World on their home soil in 2019. 

This year English Cricket Team is being heavily backed and is counted upon by their fans. In this article, we will discuss their chances of winning and what factors can play a key role. 

Discouraging factors

The English side had heavily relied on two players in the last 6 years. Jason Roy and Johnny Bairstow have played numerous match-changing innings for England. Both the quick-firing batters are not part of the roster this time around. Roy is low on form while Bairstow is suffering from an injury. Roy was considered to be the X factor of the team. He won the semi-final of the 2016 World Cup for England. With tracks offering purchase to the seamer, Roy would have not been a bad choice provided he was in form. Bairstow on the other hand was scoring runs in every format. He had developed a sense of maturity in himself under the coaching of Mccullum. Another key contingent missing is Jofra Archer. The man who successfully bowled the super over in the final Of the 2019 World Cup will not be available to England. As he possesses a skill set rarely available to bowlers, his absence will make English bowling a bit vulnerable. Topley has also suffered an ankle injury. So the two key misses from the English are for sure going to give opponents an area to exploit. 

Promising factors

The main factor in a team’s success is whether its captain is firing or not. England’s captain has been firing since he made his debut. Jos Buttler was the highest scorer in this year’s IPL. For the English side, he has always fired. He has been doing good both with the bat and captaincy. He has the big shoes of Eoin Morgan to fill. Harry Brook is a youngster who has shown some class in the matches he has played. He is one player to look for in the upcoming World Cup. He is the one that might act as the X factor of the English side. Hales is also back. Livingstone, Stokes, and Moeen have done well as all-rounders. The same is expected from them. Adil Rashid is the only specialist leg spinner on the side. A lot depends on him and how Buttler utilizes him.