Victory on the subcontinent would cap a remarkable run of results for the Three Lions
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Over the last 12 months England have witnessed the kind of glory usually reserved for the opposition.
If victory in Australia was breaking the mould then the nation’s maiden piece of silverware in limited overs cricket truly shattered it. After all, England went Down Under with the expectation of returning with the urn yet they went to the West Indies armed with hope and praying that they wouldn’t suffer an ignominious defeat to the likes of Holland as they did in the previous tournament.
However, England are different proposition under Andy Flower in all forms of the game. A mental toughness coupled with good decision making and no shortage of talent makes them a force to be reckoned with on the world stage. Critics might point to the recent 6-1 drubbing in the ODI series against Australia but bearing in mind that that was the team’s first series loss since 2009 and that it happened at the end of a three month tour with six of their first choice players unavailable, you would have to be unreasonably intolerant not to cut Andrew Strauss’ men a little slack.
Unfortunately, they will travel to the subcontinent shorn of arguably their most important player, Eoin Morgan. The Irishman has been a revelation since his introduction to the ODI arena with his unorthodox array of shots and his ability to finish an innings drawing more than a few comparisons with Australia’s former master of the middle order, Michael Bevan. He will be sorely missed but it does give his replacement Ravi Bopara the chance to shine after seeing his star wane at international level since his disastrous Ashes series in 2009.
Live cricket streaming of the 2011 ICC World Cup will allow you to see whether England can add to their list of titles though they will have to negotiate past MS Dhoni’s India, Kumar Sangakkara’s Sri Lanka, Graeme Smith’s South Africa and Ricky Ponting’s Australia if they want to taste glory.
Do you think they can do it? Yeah, so do I. Come on England!