England will be taking on West Indies in a five-match ODI series before heading home for the World Cup and as the No.1 ODI a lot is riding on the home team.
England will be taking on West Indies in a five-match ODI series before heading home for the World Cup and as the No.1 ODI a lot is riding on the home team.

While Nasser Hussain believes England are the firm favourites to lift the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup to be held in May later this year, the former England skipper also warned that the Eoin Morgan-led side can’t afford to ‘freeze’ in the knockout stages of the tournament. (ALSO READ: World Cup Countdown: 1975 – Bishan Bedi’s 12-8-6-1 hands India their first ODI win)

“For me the best two sides on paper are England and India but, as we saw with the Champions Trophy, so many sides could win this tournament,” Hussain was quoted as saying by metro.co.uk. (ALSO READ: London’s iconic Nelson’s Column kicks off 100-day countdown to World Cup)

“But you look at the Champions Trophy where they got through to the semi-final at Cardiff and suddenly, against Pakistan, they just froze a little bit. That’s going to be the key to this side, whether Eoin Morgan can set his side up not to freeze in a knockout game as favourites. I think they’re smarter now,” said Hussain.

England will be taking on West Indies in a five-match ODI series before heading home for the World Cup and as the No.1 ODI a lot is riding on the home team. England have hosted four World Cups while they have made it to the finals on three occasions; still the trophy cabinet doesn’t have the World Cup Trophy.

Speaking at a World Cup launch event in Trafalgar Square, he told Sky Sports: ‘The big unknown is whether Jofra Archer break his way into the squad? ‘Usually before a World Cup I would say don’t make any big changes. We’ve done that in previous World Cups and it hasn’t worked.

The night before the first game of the last World Cup, Gary Ballance suddenly bats at No 3 and moves up the order. Don’t change it unless you’re changing it for the better. ‘Jofra Archer is a seriously talented cricketer and I say you are probably changing for the better. ‘You’ll have the likes of (Liam) Plunkett and (David) Willey who will be just looking over their shoulder. ‘That’s only going to be good for the squad if you’re constantly being pushed,” he added.