England Test skipper Joe Root is hopeful for a “brilliant Cricket World Cup” that will help the squad’s Ashes movement, which instigates on 1 August in Birmingham. Sports fanatics can book Cricket World Cup Final Tickets online to enjoy stunning performances.
England has never won a Cricket World Cup but has been advertised as one of the favorites to win this year’s contest at home. They will begin that chase with the opener against South Africa on 30 May.
“Hosting the Cricket World Cup is clearly very thrilling,” Root expressed Sky Sports. “At this time of the term, after having a minute of time off, very rapidly your mind starts converting to what’s to come?
“Hopefully, we’ll be on a flier after a brilliant World Cup. Eventually, when those Test matches come around, we know we’re going to have to be unconditionally ready for them.”
England are ranked No. 1 on the MRF Tyres ICC One Day International Team Rankings and presented the world why during their recently-concluded trip of the West Indies, where they tormented up over 400 and rushed down a total of 360 with apparent ease.
But that series also carried out some of England’s main weaknesses, as seen in the 5th ODI, when they bowled over for 113 on a bouncy Gros Islet field and yielded to their worst ODI defeat in terms of balls to spare. They still have eight games – one against Ireland, five against Pakistan, and a pair of official warm-up games against Australia and Afghanistan – to set things right before the Cricket World Cup 2019.
“The West Indies tour was clearly an opportunity to put together a string of good performances coming into a World Cup,” Root said. “I think it’s really important that we take on board what happened, and we come into this summer full of confidence.
“We’re an experienced side now and we will have learned from that. But it’s a nice little reminder for us almost that we can’t become complacent and we’ve just got to continue to get better.”
The Ashes have changed hands every time since England retained the urn at home in 2013, with the home team winning every series since. But while history favors England to regain the urn after losing 4-0 in Australia in 2017-18, Root didn’t want to lose sight of what lay in store in the immediate future.
“It leading England at the Ashes will be very special. The hairs stand up on your arms just thinking about it,” he said. “On the other hand, there’s so much cricket to be frolicked between now and then that it would be wrong to look too far ahead to those initial days and all of those little particulars that come with an Ashes series.
“It’s really important we stay much grounded. We know if we play to our latent in these conditions, we will be a very difficult side to beat. It’s all about us making how we want to and being unconditionally ready for everything Australia comes and throw at us.”
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