Eoin Morgan’s England have been touted as prime favourites to clinch the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 title on their home turf, and they did sign off their preparations with a 4-0 thrashing of Pakistan in the five-match ODI series.
Trying to think of a reason why this side will not be in the final at Lord’s on July 14 is incredibly tricky work, especially when we look at the teams England have beaten on their home soil in the last 18 months. They have won a series against Pakistan, Ireland, India, Australia and the West Indies on familiar turf since their last home defeat against Australia in 2015, excluding the ICC Champions Trophy 2015.
England have the capacity of setting targets of 300 or more without breaking a sweat and can defend the totals with an impressive selection of varied bowlers.
All-rounder Jofra Archer’s inclusion further bolstered a side that have been waiting for four very long years for this exact moment, and it’s unlikely that they would miss their opportunity.
Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Vince, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.
England’s Schedule and Fixtures at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019:
Match 1: England vs South Africa
Date: 30 May 2019 (Thursday), 9:30 GMT
Venue: The Oval, London
Match 2: England vs Pakistan
Date: 3 June 2019 (Monday), 9:30 GMT
Venue: Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Match 3: England vs Bangladesh
Date: 8 June 2019 (Saturday), 9:30 GMT
Venue: Cardiff Wales Stadium
Match 4: England vs West Indies
Date: 14 June 2019 (Friday), 9:30 GMT
Venue: Hampshire Bowl, Southampton
Match 5: England vs Afghanistan
Date: 18 June 2019 (Tuesday), 9:30 GMT
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester
Match 6: England vs Sri Lanka
Date: 21 June 2019 (Friday), 9:30 GMT
Venue: Headingley, Leeds
Match 7: England vs Australia
Date: 25 June 2019 (Tuesday), 9:30 GMT
Venue: Lord’s, London
Match 8: England vs India
Date: 30 June 2019 (Sunday), 9:30 GMT
Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham
Match 9: England vs New Zealand
Date: 3 July 2019 (Wednesday), 9:30 GMT
Venue: The Riverside Durham, Chester-le-Street