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Are England Ready For The World Cup and The Ashes?

- 12:03, 4th March 2019
Ben Stokes is a vital part of England's ODI squad.

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As an entertaining and revealing series between West Indies and England comes to a close, we have analysed the impact it will have on England’s chances leading in to the Cricket World Cup and their upcoming Ashes series.

Are England Ready For The World Cup and The Ashes?

Windies on an upward trajectory?

For the first time in years, West Indies put together two strong performances consecutively and won a series against England - a Test-playing nation other than Bangladesh or Zimbabwe.

This was their first significant Test series victory since they defeated New Zealand at home in 2012. Is this the start of a resurrection in West Indian Test cricket?

England will question their performances in the Caribbean, especially after experiencing the high of a 3-0 victory in Sri Lanka. With the Ashes around the corner, there are some serious concerns in regards to the Test team, including the opening batting partnership and whether Moeen Ali has the capability of consistently performing as England’s main spinner.

England's ODI side blow hot and cold

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England’s ODI team features a number of high-profile talents. The likes of Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow and Alex Hales will be giving the selectors a headache, with only two spots available at the top of the order.

The test captain Joe Root, has the ability to adapt to any match situation, whether it be to score runs quickly or to bring some composure to the team.

The likes of Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Jos Butler and Moeen Ali, are all capable of smashing it out the park and demoralising any bowling attack.

Statistically, England have proven their batting niche by holding the record for the two highest ODI scores in history of 481/6 and 444/3. Remarkably, these scores came against Australia and Pakistan, two top cricketing nations, as opposed to lesser sides.

Yet, England looked deflated as they collapsed to a record-low ODI total of 113 in the series finale against West Indies. The bookmakers may review England’s status as being favourites to win the competition after the seven-wicket humiliation.

Undeniably opposition will be looking to target England with genuine pace – as the West Indies did.

Considering their recent form, Eoin Morgan’s men look to be under-priced as 11/4 favourites. However, the world’s number one ranked ODI team will look to demonstrate why they are the dominant force in limited over cricket. Have England got what it takes to win the World Cup on home soil?

Will the host naton grab The Ashes again?

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England look slightly better priced as 4/5 favourites to win the Ashes series, however there are still doubts surrounding the test side. Since 2001 it has been an even contest between England and Australia, with both sides having five series wins each. Without having the opening batting partnership nailed on and the rest of the batting line-up performing inconsistently,

England will be thankful that they are hosting this time around. The host nation has won the last four Ashes series, with England winning in 2013 and 2015 and Australia in 2014 and 2017. Have England overlooked the Test side in order to concentrate on the World Cup? Will this prove costly when facing Australia in the all-important Ashes series?

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