England handed World Cup boost

January 18, 2011 at 9:36 am Leave a comment

England’s World Cup hopes were handed a major boost this week, with the news that Stuart Broad has been given the all clear after his scan. The fast bowler picked up an abdominal strain during England’s victorious second Test in Adelaide, which ruled him out of the remainder of the triumphant Ashes series.

The injury also forced Broad to miss the current one day series under way in Australia but the 24 year old is on track to be fit enough to travel to the sub-continent for next month’s tournament. Although the bowlers currently in the England team are performing admirably Down Under, Broad’s inclusion in the 2011 ICC World Cup team will be pretty much guaranteed.

Broad played a big part in England retaining the Ashes before his injury cut his series short, but he won’t view it that way because of his absence for most of it. When Broad does return to the side, he is sure to be desperate to prove he still deserves his place in the team, despite the stunning form of those who replaced him.

Who misses out on a place in the team is still far from clear with Tim Bresnan, Ajmal Shazad and Chris Woakes all looking good in the recently drawn T20 series. Ashes hero Chris Tremlett will be looking to make the 50 over side for the Australia series and after the form he’s shown over the past month, his case is pretty strong.

With Broad’s batting ability making him a genuine all-rounder, it could be Bresnan who finds his place in the World Cup team under threat. The Yorkshire man will definitely be hoping the England management goes for both him and Broad in the side. Both are bowlers of decent pace and both can swing the willow, there is more than enough room for them in the team. The 2011 Cricket World Cup betting will make the side one of the favourites, and they will need a balanced side if they are to go all the way.

England will set off for the sub-continent on February 14th and will be hoping the confidence is carried on from their winter in Australia. A confident one-day series win against the Aussies before the World Cup would be the perfect preparation for the team looking to establish themselves as world cricket’s dominant side.


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