Australia coach Justin Langer has tipped England to end their World Cup hoodoo and win the tournament on their own patch this summer.
England have adopted a more aggressive batting style in the 50-over one-day international format in recent years and it has paid dividends with some impressive results.
Indeed, Eoin Morgan’s side have beaten Australia 5-0, India 2-1 and Sri Lanka 3-1 and also drew 2-2 in the West Indies over the past 12 months, while they beat Pakistan on Sunday to complete a 4-0 series win.
And Langer feels certain that with home conditions and the crowds on their side, England will be the team to beat in the upcoming tournament.
He said on cricket.com.au: “They’re playing brilliant cricket, aren’t they? They’re obviously the red-hot favourites for the tournament, they’re playing here in their home country, they’re playing brilliantly, they deserve to be the number one team in the world.
“So we’re looking forward to playing them. There’s always good rivalry between us and it’s going to be nice for us to see how we’re at against the best team in the world.”
Arise Sir Ben Stokes?
We’re having a pop at a bloke who got 50, because we’re monsters.
England really are very, very bad at batting.
England went very, very England on Friday.
The stop-start nature of the day annoyed Jofra apparently. We didn’t notice.
Jofra did Jofra things at Lord’s, and Jimmy things at Leeds.
India taking control in Antigua.
It was quite simply, one of the greatest Test matches of all time.
Two century partnerships set up a tantalising day five.
Don’t break Jofra, warns Mark Butcher.