With just a few days to go for the 2019 World Cup to be contested in England and Wales; all the cricketing experts have started putting forth their predictions on the winners of the mega event. The Eoin Morgan-led England team has displayed a remarkable performance in the limited-over format of the game in the recent few years. Last year, the No.1 ranked ODI side recorded some fabulous ODI series victories against strong teams like Australia, New Zealand and India. Due to their sensational efforts, they are also being considered as top contenders to lift the World Cup 2019 title in their own backyard.
The English team suffered a disappointing loss against Bangladesh in the 2015 World Cup, which also in turn brought an end to their campaign in the league stages of the tournament itself. After that massive happening, England started to approach the limited-overs format in a brand-new style by bringing in players who have the ability to turn the game on its head on the judgment day. They recently thrashed Pakistan by 4-0 in the five-match ODI series to end their international season before the start of the showpiece event on a positive note.
With the likes of Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, skipper Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler adding enough firepower to the England batting line-up, Joe Root’s importance as a game-builder becomes like gold for the World Cup hosts. In 78 matches played since the 2015 World Cup, Root has scored a fabulous tally of almost 3,500 runs at a phenomenal average of 58.
"I was probably a little bit too experimental and trying to play in a manner that didn't suit myself or the team. It is actually a very good reminder that on occasions I should rein it in a bit, not get too giddy, not try to follow suit and get carried away by guys like Jonny, Jason and Jos when they're flying at the other end. I just need to continue to play my role and let them have the freedom to play the way they do,” said Joe Root on recalling his initial days in international cricket.
"Trying to hit the left-arm spinner over mid-off five times in two games and nearly get[ting] out four times to it is a bit dumb and it's not what I'm about in that format. It's not the right option for me, whereas flicking it over my shoulder probably is,” he added.
We are ready to get on with it now
If the pitches in this World Cup are similar to the ones that were during the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy, Root will be very much crucial to England’s chances as that is where his compact technique comes into utilization the most. England have struggled in the recent times on slow turning pitches and the most recent example was the semi-final against Pakistan in the Champions Trophy in Cardiff. But England have turned their fortunes drastically since that loss.
"We can adapt to that and reassess and not think 'today we're going to get 400'. Today 310 might be a really good score or 280 and we have to have trust and faith in our bowlers to defend that. So as I say, it's great to be in this position where we feel we are well prepared, we feel we are ready and we just want to get on with it now to be honest," Root concluded.