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.”
Any return would have to be considered in the future with Yorkshire’s players and staff having taken wage cuts due to the pandemic.
The traditional method of spit-polishing to produce movement through the air has been deemed too great a risk of transmitting coronavirus.
The Lancastrian was fresh off some standout displays in the 2003 World Cup.
Hales lost his place in last year’s World Cup-winning squad after news of a second failed test for recreational drugs.
The Warwickshire all-rounder is one on 18 bowlers to be selected for personalised practice.
The West Indies are due to arrive on these shores first this summer.
Broad took part in an individual training session at Trent Bridge.
Clare Connor suggested England are considering hosting a Women’s Tri-Series also involving India and South Africa.
The designated bowlers, whose identitites have not been confirmed, will have their temperatures checked.