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3 Reasons Why England Will Win The 2019 Cricket World Cup

Ben Darvill 16 May 2019
The England cricket team celebrate (credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire/PA Images)

England and Wales hosts the 2019 Cricket World Cup, with the home side the current favourites to lift the trophy ahead of India, Australia, New Zealand et al. Here, we take a look at the three reasons why we think Eoin Morgan and his men will be lifting the trophy on July 14th. 

The tournament: The 2019 Cricket World Cup.

The key dates: The tournament starts on May 30th and ends on July 14th.

The Venues: 12 total venues will share the 48 matches with Lord’s hosting the Final.

The Teams: England and Wales host the tournament, and they are joined by nine other teams including India, Australia and New Zealand. 

The 2019 Cricket World Cup is fast approaching, with the 10 best teams in the world set to battle it out to lift the trophy at Lord’s this summer. Despite having a number of formerly-world beating sides struggling, with Sri Lanka and the West Indies particularly poor right now, world cricket is in a very strong place, with the top teams incredibly impressive. This tournament could honestly go any way, with the likes of India, New Zealand and South Africa all amongst the favourites, while even an out-of-sorts Australia will be in the mix, especially following the return of the previously-banned Steve Smith and David Warner.

However, one side seems to be the favourites for many, and they are also our choice to win the World Cup, with England currently the team to beat in ODI (One Day International) cricket. If you are looking to place a bet on the winner and you aren’t sure whether to put your money on England or India, here, we will outline the three main reasons as to why England are capable of winning the 2019 World Cup, and are a frugal bet for this summer’s showpiece event.

1) Jos Buttler

While so many sports across the globe are tagged as very much a team game, this is something that is doubly true for cricket. Invariably, a world class batsman cannot win a match for a team if they do not have adequate bowlers backing them up and restricting their opponents to a lesser score, while a strong fielding outfit is also needed to take the catches and to stop runs trickling through. However, of all of the players in world cricket, we think England’s Jos Buttler is the man that can be as close to a one man team as is possible, although Virat Kohli and a few others will likely have something to say about this. 

The star is arguably the most destructive batsman in any format of the game in world cricket at the moment, a tag he seems to relish. The softly-spoken cricketer may fool off the pitch, but when he is on the field, he is as aggressive a hitter of the ball as you are likely to see. 2018 was not the most prolific of years in ODI’s for England, with 671 runs at an average of 51.62 probably under-par for the batsman, but this shows his raw talent, as these numbers would be something many other batsmen would be proud of for their country. In 2019, Buttler has more than doubled his avergae of the year before by scoring 321 runs in five innings at an average of 107.00, while he has notched two fifties and two centuries in this time, including a stunning century against Pakistan in the second ODI as he almost single-handedly beat the opposition. 

Perhaps the best illustration of his power came in the 2018 IPL (Indian Premier League) though. The T20 competition saw Buttler join up with Rajasthan Royals and, after being elevated to the top of the order, he was able to end the tournament with 548 runs at an average of 54.80 in 13 innings, which means he had the second best average of any player in the top 50, while he played three less games than top scorer Kane Williamson (735 runs in 17 games), meaning he would have likely have topped the scoring charts if he could carry on the same form as the season came to a close. 

Buttler is not just a player that has one style of play though. His recall to England’s Test team side shows this, with the Lancashire batsman also able to get in and grind out a score when his side needs it, which was best shown in England’s 5th ODI win over Australia in 2018. The Three Lions bowled the tourists out for an under-par 205, but England struggled, and were 86-6 and 114-8 in the game. Not perturbed by the score, Buttler set about notching an incredible century, ending not out on 110 from 122 balls as he guided England to what seemed like an improbable win, thus securing a 5-0 series whitewash of their opponents. His innings was full of big shots, but they seemed to have far more thought behind them, with the restraint Buttler displayed enough to earn that afore-mentioned Test recall and a victory in the last ODI along with man of the match and player of the series. 

While Buttler may not have to show that ability to grind out runs this summer, England’s fans will be contented by the fact that they know their star man can open up and take the run rate well above 15 an over if needs be, while he can also get in and stay in. The fact he is also a very impressive wicketkeeper and can score comfortably on either the off-side and leg-side makes him very tough to stifle, while his book of trick-shots is something that has cricketers from 10-years-old to 40-years-old copying his audacious strikes across the world. While a case can be made for Kohli, David Warner and Kane Williamson all being the best batsmen in the world, Buttler’s name cannot be discounted from this list. 

2) The team and competition for places 

While England can turn to Buttler if they are in need of quick runs or for a player to shine, Eoin Morgan’s men are not solely dependent on one man. The England ODI team is crammed full of exceptional talent.  Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow will likely prove to be the opening partnership at the World Cup with Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Buttler, Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali then coming in next, with the entirety of their top order exceptionally gifted with bat in hand. Then, England can call upon the likes of Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Tom Curran, Chris Woakes, Olly Stone, David Willey and Mark Wood with the ball as their bowling options are lengthy too, and that is without even mentioning Stokes and Ali’s ability with ball in hand. Jofra Archer is also a name that has been touted as a potential world Cup starter, and while some will claim England's bowling lineup is settled and should not be tampered with, we think his ability to bowl 90mph+ regularly will be huge for England, while it only intensifies competition for places. 

England displayed this ability to make big runs and restrict their opponents in particular in a game against Australia last summer, with the Three Lions in incredible form. The home side went in to bat at Trent Bridge and Roy (82 from 61), Bairstow (139 from 92) and Alex Hales (147 from 92) got England off to an incredibly fast start, although it should be noted that Hales will not take part in the World Cup this summer after being dropped by the side. While Buttler fell for only 11, Morgan came in and smashed 67 from 30 to continue the momentum, with the outfit closing on an ODI world record score of 481/6. Australia set about chasing the target, but England’s bowlers restricted them as they took regular wickets with spinners Ali (3-28) and Rashid (4-47) particularly impressive as they skittled the Aussies for 239, securing a win by 242 runs. While Australia are not the team they once were, they are no pushovers, meaning England’s record score was against one of the world’s best sides, showing that they are not a team that only score big against the smaller nations. 

These massive scores and strong bowling displays means the competition for places is furious. If one batsman is to fail in an innings, the pressure is already on them to get a big score next time out as there will be someone on their shoulder, looking to take their pace in the XI. While some may claim this can see players crumble under the pressure, England’s players seem to relish it, instead taking it in their stride. All of this has helped them become the world’s best side, with Morgan’s men currently sitting at number one in the ODI rankings, and rightly so. 

3) Home advantage 

Perhaps home advantage does not always transfer into a triumph in the end, but England will fancy themselves on their own turf. Terrified of suffering the same fate that befall the England rugby team at the 2015 World Cup where they went out at the group-stage, the first host country ever to do so, the tournament hosts will be chomping at the bit to hit the ground running. 

Unlike rugby, where the conditions are similar across the world, coming to England to play cricket provides a completely different experience than a team would experience in Australia or India. In Australia, the hot and dry conditions mean the wicket is incredibly dry, meaning fast and aggressive bowling is the order of the day, while the dusty conditions in India along with the cracks that appear on the pitch means that spinners are given a lot of to aim at, making the ball turn a lot. In England, the grassy pitches and overcast conditions mean that the ball has a tendency to swing more, with James Anderson the greatest English exponent of this, with his 565 wickets he has snared the fourth most in Tests, and the best of any seam bowler. 

On their own turf, England have not lost an ODI series since 2015 in a superb run for the outfit. Clearly, the home side have become proficient at utilising their own conditions, with batsmen able to pick when a ball will move, while bowlers are able to get the most out of the conditions, making the nut swing in and out, giving visiting batsmen a nightmare when they are looking to push on and score. This will be absolutely vital when England face the likes of Kohli, Warner and Williamson, with the ability to make the ball talk sometimes the only thing that can get rid of such talented batsmen. 

There are so many reasons as to why England can win this tournament, but we feel that the above are the three biggest factors in their World Cup campaign. The home side have been building for some time towards this and, barring injuries and majorly unforeseen collapses with bat and ball during the tournament, we believe that England can win it. Of course, anything can happen in cricket, which is why it is such an unpredictable game, but with their star men, their current form, and favourable conditions that they know all too well, this is surely England’s best chance for quite some time to lift the Cricket World Cup.

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