England are one of the favorites to win the ICC Cricket World Cup. They have an excellent team, comprising hard-hitting batsmen, skillful bowlers and athletic fielders. There is also another factor that could brighten their chances: the home advantage.
How Relevant Is Home Advantage in Cricket World Cups
As a matter of fact, only three teams have won the cricket world cup at home: Sri Lanka in 1996, India in 2011 and Australia in 2015. What is positive for England in this piece of statistics is that the home teams have won the previous two world cups.
Indian team in 2011 was clearly tailor-made for the home conditions there. Their batting was led by Sachin Tendulkar, usually plays at his best in world cups regardless of the venue. But there were handsome contributions from the likes of Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag and Suresh Raina, who normally struggle in overseas conditions. India’s spin bowlers played a vital role in their progress as well.
The same is the case with Australia. Their team was not as great as their previous cup-winning teams. They struggled in the initial phases. However, they grew from strength to strength as the tournament progressed and eventually won the title. The familiarity with the conditions played a vital part.
England will be hoping for a similar trend.
Do England Have the Team to Win It?
England’s team is brimming with potential. Their batting order is long and explosive. Jason Roy, Jos Butler and Jonny Bairstow are among the most fearsome batsmen in world cricket right now. Joe Root and skipper Eoin Morgan lend class to the top order. Add all-rounders Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes to the list, you have a balanced and flexible batting line-up. They also have handy lower-order batsmen such as Chris Woakes, Tom Curran and Jofra Archer. No score is safe against England.
The presence of these all-rounders also gives much-needed balance for England when picking the bowlers in the eleven. Overall, it looks like England’s time has come.
The only thing that stands against them is their poor record in the finals. They have lost three times in the final. If they can leap over that psychological block, they have a really good chance.