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England at ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Strengths, Weaknesses and the Key players

England at ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Strengths, Weaknesses and the Key players

A new look England team look to make an immediate impact at the mega event.

Updated: February 12, 2015 4:28 PM IST | Edited By: Ayush Gupta

As England enter their 11th World Cup tournament, expectations are once again high from the team as they look to take on the best of teams in the world and claim their first ever title. However, are their credentials good enough to get them to a level where they can be the crowned champions? Ayush Gupta takes a look at England s strength, weaknesses and their key players, who could make a difference.

England, despite being the founders of the game, are one of the very few teams not to have won the cricket World Cup a single time. However, this doesn t make them a weak team in any sense, unlike China in the game of football. Being one of the top cricketing nations, England has always had the ammunition that could well lead them to glory. However, due to some reason or the other, they have always failed in the biggest stage and at crucial levels. ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: POINTS TABLE

The last edition of the World Cup, which was jointly hosted by Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka, saw England end with a forgettable edition in the group stage, they tied a game against India under controversial circumstances, before losing a couple of games to minnows, Ireland and hosts co-hosts Bangladesh. Although they qualified for the quarter-final, they were ousted by Sri Lanka, who later went on to the final, only to lose against India. However, this time, with an all new look team and a talented side; this might well turn out to be their year, regardless of the poor-run they are going through at present. ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: SCHEDULE & MATCH DETAILS

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Strengths: Undoubtedly, England have one of the most dangerous batting line-ups in the game in the tournament. With the likes of explosive batsmen such as Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Joe Root, James Taylor and Gary Ballance. England can tear apart any bowling attack in the tournament and set-up a perfect platform for them by piling on a huge amount of runs. Moreover, Morgan, being the new skipper of the team has been in an inconsistent form along with Buttler, Bell and Ali, who too seem to be in good touch. In the bowling department, James Anderson, along with Stuart Broad, Steven Finn and Chris Woakes are few of the most dangerous fast bowlers, who could take advantage of the tough Australian conditions and terrorise batsmen with their pace and also their seam movement. ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Complete Coverage

Weaknesses: Ironically, the batting department has been the biggest weakness of England in the recent past. Although, they have a some of the dangerous batsmen in the world, their inconsistency has cost them quite a number of matches recently. The biggest reason for their failure is the inability to adapt to the conditions quickly and completely. Although, most of the batsmen are in good touch, their inability to adapt to the conditions could cost them dear eventually. Both Australia and New Zealand, the two host nations, have difficult batting conditions and the bowlers could well cause lots of pain if the problem of adaptability persists. Without the likes of experienced guns, Kevin Pietersen and Alastair Cook, England may be vulnerable in their batting department.

Key Players: Among the batsmen, Ali, Root, Bell and Taylor are undoubtedly the men to watch out for. Moeen and Bell have been in a sensational form, following their good performance in the recently concluded tri-series and the tour of Sri Lanka preceding it ,being the highest run-scorers, while Root and Taylor have gathered good pace in the build-up to the tournament. Whereas, in the bowling department, it s Woakes, Chris Jordan, Finn and Anderson, who could create an impact following their good run in the tour of Sri Lanka and the tri-series. The conditions are quite likely to suit the fast bowlers and traditionally they are the ones, who could well terrorise any batting line-up.

Squad: Eoin Morgan (c), Jos Buttler (vc&wk), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Stuart Broad, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Joe Root, James Taylor, James Tredwell, Chris Woakes.

(Ayush Gupta is a reporter at CricketCountry. A passionate supporter of Manchester United, he idolises Roger Federer)
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