Will the real England Cricket Please Stand up?

The England Cricket team showed the two sides they have. Under Peter Moores (and many coaches before him) England typically struggled with the bat in the One Day Formats often losing 5 wickets for less than 100 runs. They had a tendency to collapse when teams starting putting pressure on. This was the England everyone was used to. This was England Cricketing Identity despite a T20 World Cup win.

Under Trevor Bayliss, England have been praised for their aggressive batting. Hitting over 400 twice in his short reign (The only two times they have hit 400+ ever). England were playing well in Tests, ODIs and T20s for the first time in a long time. They brushed aside a strong South African Team in South Africa in the test series just a month ago and were leading 2-0 in the 5 match ODI series but the England of old started to creep in and they ended up blowing the series 3-2 in old England form. Then they couldn’t recover for the T20s mistakes cost England the first game losing on the last ball and then they were blown away in the second game and that was the series.

Despite the struggle England have promise. They have young, power hitting batsmen who can clear the rope with ease. They have a strong-ish, if inexperienced, bowling attack outside of England stalwarts Stuart Board and James Anderson. Performances like the ones they have had are to be expected as this team grows. They are young and without a big name headache, like KP, in the side. It falls to England’s experience to guide them. Eoin Morgan, Stuart Broad, Alistair Cook and Jimmy Anderson must guide young players like Jos Buttler, Chris Jordan, Alex Hales and turn them into consistent run scorers and wicket takers for England.

IF that happens then England could make a run at winning one of the World Cups. It would take England being at the absolute top of their game and one or two of The Aussies, NZ, India or Sri Lanka being off the boil for one game. It’s not a jaw dropper to think they may do it but it would be a surprise but it would take England finding their identity to do it.


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