The curiosities and excitements are about to burst off as the World Cup 2019 opening day is finally here. Four years of long wait for the cricketing world is going to be over. In the tournament opener, hosts England will be squaring off with South Africa at The Oval later in the day. The nerves in both the camps will be swinging high as the mountains as these two teams haven't won the 50-overs World Cup title even once.
Since a long time, England have not entered in any World Cup tournament as one of the top contenders, but things have changed significantly after that dramatic ouster from the 2015 edition of the tournament. They transformed their way of approaching the 50-overs format and their batters have been constantly piling up 300-plus totals with an ease. They have started playing a different brand of cricket and have set an extreme benchmark for the rest of the teams.
People are just so excited
England are going into this tournament as the overwhelming favourites and there is no getting away from it. However, along with that tag comes in the plethora of expectations and this is the thing which is worrying the England skipper Eoin Morgan as well. Morgan noted that the boys are pretty excited for this competition and are ready to give it a good crack.
"It has been happening for the last couple of weeks. Certainly on the tube I've been getting attention which is rare. Normally I get left alone on the tube which is nice!" quoted Eoin Morgan on the eve of the game against South Africa.
"People are just so excited and want to talk. There is a lot of good faith going around from the public with people just looking forward to the tournament and being excited about the whole summer ahead. As a team we're as excited and we're ready to give it a good crack," he added.
The England skipper hesitated to reveal the final playing XI on the eve of the first game against South Africa. The major selection dilemma for the England team management is about choosing the best pace bowling combination out of Jofra Archer, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Tom Curran and Mark Wood. It is likely that the latter two will have to sit out for this match.
"The guys give us so many options and their strengths are in different areas. That was the purpose of selecting such a strong squad, to make every player able to facilitate different areas of the game," the English skipper mentioned on the selection options.
While speaking on the approach towards this tournament, Morgan said, "In my head, there is still a lot more to do because we will get beaten by teams. We will get knocked down and have to come back. And if we're showing blind belief and not reacting to what is in front of us then that is no good."