Englands's date with Destiny!

Why oh why every time the World Cup comes round have England had such a hectic time before it?!

Neil Fairbrother
Englands's date with Destiny!

England’s showdown with the West Indies on Thursday has suddenly become a do or die situation for them.  With another incredible defeat against Bangladesh in our last game where Bangladesh’s 9th wicket partnership turned a certain win into a loss, we now stand on the verge of being knocked out at the group stage which would be an absolute disaster. 

The team look shattered, both mentally and physically.  Why oh why every time the World Cup comes round have England had such a hectic time before it?!   In 1992, when we reached the Final, again we had been all over the world all winter.  We were the best team in that competition but literally ran out of steam, with 7 of the 11 players needing painkilling injections on the morning of the Final to get through. 

Injuries have not helped the cause as I said in my column pre the World Cup, but we have not prepared and planned as thoroughly as we could have done.  In the last game, once again Matt Prior was called to open the batting, and for the life of me I cannot understand why.  Surely on Thursday with us being at ‘last chance saloon’, we need to get our main batsmen in to do the job.  To me that means Iain Bell opening the batting and then Morgan, Bopara and Collingwood all moving up the order a spot, with Prior following the main batsmen.  The bowling, on the other hand, is a major concern.  With Bresnan and Shahzad becoming our main 2 fast bowlers, do the Selectors stick or twist with the 3rd seamer?  This has now become a win or bust battle, so do you throw in the rested and fresh Tremlett or do you stick with Andersen who, for most of the tournament, has looked all at sea. 

There has been some fantastic cricket so far in the competition, it shows that the 50 over game is well and truly alive.  The skills that the players have honed during T20 cricket has enriched the 50 over game.  With the 3rd power play becoming decisive either way, and teams with new skills being able to chase 10 an over at the end of an innings, the game has become enthralling.  Let’s hope England can enthral us on Thursday and then they will only be 3 games away from winning the World Cup!!!

On a separate note, can all of us at ISM send our heart felt wishes to those affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.  The scenes that we have witnessed on TV have been hard to take in and we can only hope that normal life can return to those who have suffered as quickly as possible.



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