Stuart Broad, the England pacer, believes that their ODI side must win the ICC Cricket World Cup to be slotted as an all-time “great team”, adding that 2019 is their best-ever coincidental of getting their hands on the elusive trophy. Grab your Cricket World Cup Final Tickets from our global event ticket sales market.
England has reached the World Cup final thrice, but has been unable to cross the last frontier on all three occasions. They are intense to change that in the upcoming edition of the contest, for which they are also co-hosts.
“We are exercise hard now and doing all we can to stay in top physical shape,” said Broad on the Test Match Special podcast.
For English cricket, this is our best ever chance of winning a Cricket World Cup. I cannot think we have had before the talent of players who can win games single-handedly in the likes of Jason Roy, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Eoin Morgan.
“You talk about ages of sports teams… You are only judged on winning trophies, aren’t you? You cannot name me an inordinate sports squad that hasn’t won a major trophy. For this England ODI team to be classed as a great squad, they’re going to have to win the Cricket World Cup.”
Broad and Anderson, the expert pace duo, have both made changes their bowling method to bring enhance their output ahead of the big summer. “The teller is that both of us have made nips to our bowling methods and with our run-ups in the last four-five months,” explained Broad.
“Jimmy elongated his in St Lucia because he didn’t feel he had the impetus to get off the pitch. I have condensed mine to 16m, by at least 3-4m after chats with Chris Silverwood, Sir Richard Hadlee, to shorten my stride pattern, help my rhythm and pace. Those sorts of improvements that players are looking for is a bit of a highlight that they’re not thinking of stopping soon.
“Last summer I bowled a lot into the breeze. That completes me long in my stride and delivery action. I needed a way to cut my stride pattern so I remained a bit taller and stronger at the crease. I’m really excited by this summer. I feel like it could reinvent me a little bit in the method that I could have really good control, shake the ball both ways.
Anderson, who turns 37, has been England’s most bankable player for over a period now. This constancy, which has helped him claim 862 international scalps, has developed through a rigorous yet smart training routine.
“What Jimmy does is, he wouldn’t bowl in the nets every day,” revealed Broad. “He doesn’t train for training’s sake. He is really specific with what he gets out of each session. As a fast bowler, that’s your biggest thing. If you bowl all day every day, you’re going to break.”
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