Can England produce the goods when it matters?

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Former England captain Nasser Hussain says that there is no question that England’s ODI side is a very good one but believes they will still need to prove they can fire when the pressure is on.

England put Sri Lanka away by 31 runs on the DLS system on a tricky pitch in Dambulla which Hussain feels shows they are a great side.

The team have made terrific progress in the three years since their early exit from the 2015 World Cup but it will count for little if England can’t produce the goods in the knockout stages of the World Cup.

Speaking on Sky Sports after England’s win Hussain said: “England have got every box ticked.

“There is a little question against mystery spin but that is something, given time, they will work on and improve.

“They didn’t have their best day but got 280, which was above par in my estimations. Sometimes when you’re around a side you don’t realise how good they are until you go away from home and they are a very fine team.

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“It’s not ‘if they can play in these conditions’ as we have seen that they can, it is ‘can they do it under pressure in a must-win game?’

“If Jason Roy goes in the first over, like he did today, can Joe Root come out and play the same way under pressure? I think he can.

“Morgan then hit 31 in the next 18 balls after Root got out – he didn’t hold back at all, he just kept going. In a bilateral series you just carry on but in a World Cup semi-final, when you’ve just lost Root, will Morgan do that?

“You just want to make sure you can do that in a one-off, must-win game but you can’t test that until you’re in the situation because every other cricket they play is bilateral cricket where there is a tomorrow.”