England have ‘all bases covered’ for World Cup: James Anderson

14 Dec, 2018 9:15 am

LONDON (92 News) – James Anderson believes England are clear favourites for the ICC 2019 Men’s Cricket World Cup.

Speaking on the BBC Tailenders podcast, Anderson outlined that the No. 1 ODI side in the world will have to “screw up” not to triumph on home soil.

“There’s no-one really anywhere near [England] in the one-day form, probably India is the closest,” said England’s leading wicket-taker in Test cricket.

“I think in our conditions I don’t think anyone is going to come near so I think we’ve really got to screw up if we don’t win the World Cup.”

England triumphed comfortably in their recent away series against Sri Lanka, winning 3-1 as the global tournament inches nearer. After crashing out of the 2015 edition in the group stages, the side have been revitalised with an explosive batting line-up. In the third ODI against Australia in June, they put on a ODI record total of 481/6.

Anderson believes that their aggressive methods will pay dividend when the action begins.

“I don’t want to put too much pressure on the lads, but the way that England play, the talent we’ve got, the players we’ve got and the way we play as a team I just think we’ve got all bases covered.”

England’s next assignment is a five-match ODI series against the Windies which begins in February.

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