England are scheduled to host two major tournaments this year, first the 2019 World Cup which will be commencing from May 30 and then the Ashes series starting with the 1st Test match against Australia from August 1 in Birmingham. England limited-overs skipper Eoin Morgan believes that this is a massive year and ‘once-in-a-generation’ opportunity for the hosts to script a sensational history.
It is a massive year
During a recent interview, Morgan mentioned that the preparations for both the Ashes and World Cup are going on a rapid pace. He mentioned that since there are many players who are part of both the ODI as well as the Test side, thus, the boys are aware of the importance of both the major events. Morgan also feels the English audience has shifted its focus to one-day cricket.
“The two teams are building up to a big summer, and you have guys who are in both squads that equally feel the importance of the Ashes and the World Cup. The recognition from those players to say there is not a lot of difference between the two, and that it is a massive year, and a once-in-a-generation opportunity, shows there has been a shift in emphasis to one-day cricket in this country,” quoted Eoin Morgan.
Our potential as a team has certainly moved forward
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, Windies and India. Due to their sensational efforts, they are also being considered as top contenders to lift the World Cup 2019 title later this year in their own backyard.
“Our potential as a team over the last four years has certainly moved forward, with the desire to make 50-over cricket a priority, as opposed to an afterthought. That has really benefited not just our team, but the game too, and that has helped to raise the bar,” he added.