Strauss out for success

February 14, 2011 at 9:54 am Leave a comment


England captain Andrew Strauss is adamant his side can spring a surprise and win the upcoming World Cup, despite their 6-1 spanking at the hands of Australia in the recent one-day series defeat Down Under. England have finished runners-up at three World Cups in the past and will be looking to build on the success from last year’s T20 World Cup triumph.

The captain told Sky Sports News: “The 6-1 defeat to Australia was not ideal. We’re here to win it, and we feel like we’ve got an excellent chance. We’re excited about it, and I think the guys took a lot of confidence from the fact we won that Twenty20 tournament.”

The recent series loss aside, England’s morale going into the tournament will be good after their quality form over the past couple of years. The feel-good factor in the camp following the Ashes win will send the squad into the competition in a good state of mind but they will need to transfer that into their performances over the next couple of months on the sub-continent. The 2011 Cricket World Cup betting suggests they have a chance of winning the tournament, but they will have to adapt to unfamiliar conditions in order to do so.

After nine failed attempts to win the trophy England won’t go into the tournament as front-runners for success but showed last year that they can step-up on the big stage. There will be a number of England players who were forced to head home from Australia early with a various injuries but most of those players will be fit for the team’s opening game of the tournament against Holland on the 22nd.
Eoin Morgan is the only member of the squad who has been ruled out of the World Cup and the returning players should be fresh following their time recovering. Graeme Swann hasn’t flown out with the rest of the party, the fit again spinner will wait until the birth of his first child before heading out to meet up with the squad. The 2011 ICC World Cup tips indicate Swann will need to be at the top of his game if England are to win.

If England are going to be the dominant force in world cricket over the next five years then a tournament win here would definitely help that plan gain fruition. While England are probably the best Test side in world cricket at the moment, the series thumping against Australia showed that the one-day side is still someway away from the real top teams.

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