Cricket World Cup Preview : England

The 2015 World Cup takes place in Australia and New Zealand from February 14-March 29 where India will be the defending champions in the 14-nation tournament. One month out from the start, here take a brief look at the current form and prospects of the competing teams:

Pool A


– Test skipper Alastair Cook, who had scored just one fifty in his last 22 one-day innings, has been replaced as captain by former Ireland batsman Eoin Morgan.

However, Morgan has been struggling for runs as much as Cook in recent times with an ODI average of just 16 during the past 12 months. But England are banking on the fact that captaincy appears to agree with the Middlesex batsman — in eight matches leading his adopted country he averages 71.

England have never won the World Cup and, while the return to fitness of strike bowlers James Anderson and Stuart Broad promises to bolster their hopes, few expect them to be crowned champions at this year’s edition.

Meanwhile, just when England thought the furore surrounding former captain Kevin Pietersen might be calming down, the axed batsman — playing in Australia’s domestic Big Bash Twenty20 tournament — stirred the pot further on Tuesday by saying Morgan would “love to have me in the England team”.

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