England in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Squad details, match dates, and key player
James Anderson, who burst on the international scene at the 2003 World Cup, has long been the leader of England’s attack Getty Images

One of the first teams to play a Test match and one of the countries to form the Imperial Cricket Conference, before the formation of the International Cricket Council (ICC), England has been one of the dominant cricket teams in the world. However, they have never won the 50-over World Cup. They have runners-up on three different occasions 1979, 1987 and 1992. Last ICC World Cup, England reached the quarter-final before they were defeated by Sri Lanka. England are placed at No. 5 in the ICC ODI Team Rankings.

England Squad in ICC World Cup 2015: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Joe Root, James Taylor, James Tredwell, Chris Woakes.

Coach: Peter Moores.

Fixtures Pool A:

Feb 14: Australia, Melbourne

Feb 20: New Zealand, Wellington

Feb 23: Scotland, Christchurch

Mar 01: Sri Lanka, Wellington

Mar 09: Bangladesh, Adelaide

Mar 13: Afghanistan, Sydney

World Cup record:

1975: Semi-finals

1979: Runners-up

1983: Semi-finals

1987: Runners-up

1992: Runners-up

1996: Quarter-finals

1999: Pool stage

2003: Pool stage

2007: Super Eights

2011: Quarter-finals

Key player: James Anderson

Early indications from the Tri-Series are that England can make enough runs to at least keep them competitive with the world’s best one-day sides. What is likely to decide the success of a quest for a first World Cup title is their ability to restrict teams with the ball.

James Anderson, who burst on the international scene at the 2003 World Cup, has long been the leader of England’s attack and if opposing teams ‘collar’ the 32-year-old Lancashire swing bowler then Eoin Morgan‘s men face a tough time in the field.