Part V of VI – Ashes Heroes, World Cup Zeroes?

Like Humpty Dumpty, the English team has had a great fall and I am not sure if all the Queens men can put it back together again. A long tour of Australia has left the battered and bruised, despite winning the Ashes. They were thrashed 6-1 by the Aussies in the ODIs and have had a spate of injuries (though other than Morgan they haven’t lost any big name. ) Even the warm up matches they have been unimpressive , save Broad who missed most of the tour due to injury and now seems fresh. Its a pity because England are the World T20 champions and on paper are a very strong side. And they have already started giving excuses and whining as they are prone to.  Anyway lets go through their analysis.

Strengths:

Side Balance: The side has quality throughout and if Colingwood can find some batting form the allrounder spot is also covered. Quality fast bowling, aggressive batsmen and the worlds leading spinner is quite a handful for any opposition.

Fielding – England over the past year or so have been brilliant in this department except Trott. Collingwood leads the fielding efforts and lifts the team here.

Xfactors: Pietersen, Bell, Swann and Broad all are capable of turning matches on their own, Andersen like Zaheer Khan for India is the leader of the attack who will be a handful. So they have enough Match Winners to make the difference

Team Spirit: England seem to have one of the best dressing room environment since Strauss came over and paired with Andy Flower. They seemed to be enjoy each others success during the Ashes and there was great chatter on the field unlike previous teams

Weaknesses –

Form – The form of several pplayers has been patchy in ODIs and they have not gelled together in the ODIs as they have in the tests. Colingwood’s batting and Strauss recent form is a real concern

Absence of a Finisher – Eon Morgan played this role and his injury means that they have a hole in the finishing department. Yardy is good but the top order needs to take more responsibility which may affect the speed of scoring.

Low Familiarity with sub continental conditions – The English team have been infrequent travellers here  in recent times and also have not been prolific in the IPL. So this could be a factor.

Opportunities

First World Cup – A first World Cup win  beckons to go with their T20 triumph. After 3 unsuccessful attempts , this is an opportunity that they would not want to miss.

Threats

Fatigue – England have had a long tour , where they faded away in the end. This has left them jaded before the cup that matters

Conclusion

An excellent team but not well prepared. Canada nearly pulled the rug on them in a practice match. Winning Chances – 60% , Whining Chances – 100%

The Lankans coming up – last but by no means the least!!

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About Pramod Parmeshwaran

I love writing and expressing myself. I am a software entrepreneur by profession, a voracious reader by hobby and sports crazy by nature
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