It is often said that, “Time is probably the best medicine” and this quote goes perfect with the nature and performance of the current England limited-overs side. 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. But since that defeat, the Eoin Morgan-led team have transformed into an all-different group and they have included enough firepower in their batting department, which is the major reason as to why the hosts are being considered as the strong favourites to win their maiden World Cup title at the upcoming showpiece event.
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 have changed the whole dynamic of the 50-overs format as they have showed the cricketing world a new path in which 300-plus scores have become a norm. Recently during the five-match ODI series against Pakistan, England became the first team to breach the 340-run mark on four consecutive occasions.
Expectation doesn’t come out of hot air
The favourites tag also brings in the loads of expectations and this is accompanied by pressure. However, England skipper Eoin Morgan feels that the expectations are there for a definite reason. He noted that the team has been performing well especially at home and thus the confidence is really high. Morgan mentioned that the boys are very well prepared for the upcoming tournament.
"We always talk about why expectation is there. Expectation doesn't come out of hot air. We have scored some high scores, particularly at home and that's built a lot of confidence within the side. We certainly believe the expectation is there for a reason," quoted Eoin Morgan during media interaction gathering of the ten World Cup captains.
"Obviously we've prepared pretty well but World Cup is a different kettle of fish. You still have to play against some of the best sides in the world, all the best teams in the world, to earn the right to get to the latter stages,” Morgan added.
Morgan revealed that like every other team, they too have to keep the past performances aside and concentrate on the present. Hosts England will be taking on South Africa in the tournament opener on May 30 at the Kennington Oval.
"Like every other side, we'll have to do that regardless of what has been before. Everything you've done, yes it does contribute - experience, performance, confidence going into the World Cup. But you still have to produce it then as well. We're as best prepared as we possibly could be. We want the first game to be tomorrow. Get yourself into the tournament regardless of what happens. In many ways, you just want to play that first game,” the England skipper inferred.
“Put your head on the pillow ahead of the first game knowing you've done everything possible to prepare your best before the tournament and to go out and do your best to give a good account of your country," Morgan concluded.