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  • England left frustrated as brave West Indies cling on for a draw in first Test - The Guardian
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">The GuardianEngland left frustrated as brave West Indies cling on for a draw in first TestThe GuardianIt was a pyrrhic victory of sorts, though, for if Anderson won his personal battle with the statistics of the game, England will consider that they lost a bigger one in the wider scheme of things. Anderson's wicket was the only success they had in the ...
  • First Test, Antigua; West Indies won toss - BBC Sport
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">ESPNcricinfo.comFirst Test, Antigua; West Indies won tossBBC SportThat's about it for today - I'm sure it's nearly your bedtime - but if you can't get enough of your cricket, it all starts again (in a domestic sense) at 11:00 BST tomorrow with ball-by-ball commentary on every county game. If you're off on your ...
  • English cricket's new rulers determined to reboot game and restore status - The Guardian
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  • English cricket has a bigger problem than just not being very good - The Guardian
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">The GuardianEnglish cricket has a bigger problem than just not being very goodThe GuardianThis is not news to the English cricket authorities. Last year – to its credit – the England and Wales Cricket Board announced a strategy to deepen engagement with south Asian communities: more money, schemes, investment, publicity. All of which is ...
  • England at the Cricket World Cup - The Economist (blog)
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  • The McCullum mystery - ESPNcricinfo.com
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">ESPNcricinfo.comThe McCullum mysteryESPNcricinfo.comDespite these skills which seem ideally suited to limited-overs cricket - and even more so to the 20-over format - McCullum's record in the IPL is underwhelming: before the start of the eighth season, he had scored 1644 runs in 62 IPL innings at an ...
  • English cricket chiefs savaged by 'bible of game' over handling of Kevin Pietersen - Yahoo Eurosport UK (blog)
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">Yahoo Eurosport UK (blog)English cricket chiefs savaged by 'bible of game' over handling of Kevin PietersenYahoo Eurosport UK (blog)English cricket receives stinging criticism, and Sri Lanka great Kumar Sangakkara the highest of praise, in the 2015 Wisden. Editor Lawrence Booth reserves withering words to depict the England and Wales Cricket Board's "mishandling of the Kevin ...
  • England dominate draw with weak hosts - ESPNcricinfo.com
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">ESPNcricinfo.comEngland dominate draw with weak hostsESPNcricinfo.comAnd the next two-day 'match', starting on Wednesday, will offer no better. With England having little time to acclimatise to the conditions or the return to red-ball cricket, the game will see England bowl 90 overs on day one - even if, on the basis of ...
  • English cricket 'losing touch' - ESPNcricinfo.com
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">ESPNcricinfo.comEnglish cricket 'losing touch'ESPNcricinfo.comAnger at the state of the English game is preferable to indifference, however, and the ECB's own figures for 2014, which calculated the loss of more than 50,000 recreational cricketers, were cause for widespread alarm. With England and the county game ...Wisden includes Moeen Ali and Gary Ballance in its cricketers of the yearThe GuardianJeetan Patel named in Wisden Almanack's top five cricketers of the yearStuff.co.nzMoeen Ali named one of Wisden's Five Cricketers of the YearEvening Standardall 180 news articles »
  • New Zealand vs Australia, Cricket World Cup final: as it happened - Telegraph.co.uk
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">Telegraph.co.ukNew Zealand vs Australia, Cricket World Cup final: as it happenedTelegraph.co.ukEngland's relative position is for another day, but my goodness Peter Moores and company are in for a tough summer. We'll come back to that another time no doubt. For today, well done to Michael Clarke, who lifts the World Cup in his last match as an ...

England ICC World Cup 2011 Profile

England never won the world Cup, despite being three times in the finals.
England never won the world Cup, despite being three times in the finals.

Strength

Under the tutelage of Andy Flower, England seems to overcome a tumultuous period in their history between 2006/2007 and the start of 2009 and look to have forged a great alliance. The absence of the real big stars except Kevin Pietersen has definitely helped the side in gelling well and the performances have begun to show up. They did well in the Champions Trophy of 2009 before beating South Africa, Australia, Pakistan and Bangladesh in the ODI series played this year.

 

Weakness

England has often epitomised the ‘always the bridesmaid, never the bride’ syndrome when it comes to World Cup. Finally, they managed to capture a World Cup – in the T20 version – in 2010, but the big question-mark is over their lack of temperament to survive in a tournament of this nature. As their previous record below suggests, the inability to win big tournaments could just be their biggest weakness.

Opportunity

The English team’s best opportunity in the tournament stems from the fact that in the list of favourites their name is probably fifth or sixth in the pecking order. And this, despite the fact that they possess a good line-up this time around with a lot of confidence going for them. If they can get through to the quarter-final of the tournament unnoticed, from there on, it will just be a matter of having three good days for a team that has shown the potential to do so.

Threat

It is the small matter of Ashes in their way. And in a funny way, what could work against England is if they go on to win the same. One has seen in the 2009 edition of the Ashes that England had won against many odds and gone on to lose the ODI series than followed 6-1. If they do manage to put it across Australia in the Ashes for the first time since 1987, the release of pressure could work against them, leading up to the World Cup.

Previous Record

England have never won a World Cup before despite being the finalists on three occasions. The last of these three finals came in 1992 – and since then, they haven’t even got to the semi-finals of the event. In 1996, they were blasted off by the eventual champions Sri Lanka, in 1999, they failed to move out of the first round of their home World Cup. 2003 was no better than 1999 while in 2007 they entered the Super Eight stage. Some of their better performances came in the 1979, 1987 and 1992, when they entered the finals but lost on each occasion – to West Indies, Australia and Pakistan respectively.

Expected Captain

Andrew Strauss has done enough to merit his place as the captain of the side and should continue leading the side.

Players to look out for

It is almost a shock as it is sign of the change in things in English cricket that the player to watch out for will be an off-spinner Graeme Swann. Swann is easily the best spinner in the world currently and will look to exploit the favourable sub-continental conditions to his advantage.